Stevenson rolls past visiting Lake Forest
Lincolnshire 10/10/12 Stevenson's Madison Blaydes cheers on her teammates during the For A Cure breast cancer awareness fundraising swim meet between Lake Forest and Stevenson. | Michelle LaVigne ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 16, 2012 3:30PM
LINCOLNSHIRE — Behind eight first-place finishes, the Stevenson girls swimming team posted a 104-82 victory over visiting Lake Forest Thursday night in a dual meet that was part of Stevenson’s For A Cure breast cancer awareness/fundraiser week.
“It was great — we haven’t beaten Lake Forest since 2008,” said Patriots coach Karl Milkereit, whose squad improved to 6-1 in head-to-head competitions and 5-1 in conference. “We had a lot of really good swims, and this was the first step to winning conference.”
Leading the victory parade was junior Julia Wawer, who won the 100-yard freestyle in 53.24 seconds and the 200 free in 1:54.65. Wawer also helped the 200 medley relay team (which included senior Madison Blaydes, junior Leah Bloodgood, sophomore Ashlin Ruiz and junior Riley Kirby) win in 1:51.58. Wawer was part of the victorious 400 freestyle relay team (with Blaydes, Kirby and junior Cheryly Xiang) as well. It finished in 3:37.61.
In addition, Blaydes finished first in the 100 backstroke (59.86); Bloodgood won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.86); Kirby took the 50 free (25.32); and junior Rebecca Hannon was a winner in the 500 free (5:11).
“It was a team effort,” Milkereit said. “Our core group of girls performed at a high level, but it took all our kids — top to bottom — to win.”