Swimmers start strong, take title at Lake Forest

Evanston’s girls swimming and diving team made a big splash on the opening weekend of competition.

Coach Kevin Auger’s Wildkits captured the team championship for the first time in program history Saturday at the Lake Forest Scout Relays, piling up 418 points to 410 for runnerup Stevenson in the 10-team field.

The Kits scored a total of 15 top 3 finishes in a meet format that combined relays not usually conducted during the high school season, along with separate individual heats by class (freshman/sophomore/junior/senior).

Evanston’s most impressive showing came in the 100-yard freestyle event. Sophomore Jenna Wild (57.77 seconds) and junior Erin Long (54.25) both scored first place finishes in their heats, senior Lane Raedle placed 2nd in 55.57, and freshman Karolien Van Mieghem earned 5th in 59.09.

Evanston ruled the 500 crescendo relay in 4 minutes, 58.76 seconds behind Mina Dizdarevic, Anna Friedman, Natalie Long and Wild, and also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:41.06 with the combined effort of Lily Consiglio, Erin Long, Caroline Chapon and Natalie Long.

Earning runnerup finishes were the 800 freestyle relay (4 class) of Cate Steward, Mackenzie Tucker, Isabel Amromin and Kiki Van Mieghiem; Dizdarevic with a time of 26.02 in the senior 50 freestyle; and the “diving relay” combination of Amelia Carlson and Sophia Cosma.

The Wildkits opened the dual meet portion of the season on Friday by swamping rival Loyola Academy 127-59.

Double winners for ETHS included Raedle (55.41 in the 100 freestyle and 1:02.50 in the 100 backstroke), Consiglio (25.11 in the 50 freestyle and 59.57 in the 100 butterfly), Samantha Rhodes (1:09.49 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:14.70 in the 200 individual medley) and Erin Long (1:57.58 in the 200 freestyle and 5:25.41 in the 500 freestyle).

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