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Evanston’s girls swim team advanced two individuals and two relay teams — their best representation since 2010 — to the Illinois High School Association state swimming and diving finals today at New Trier High School after Friday’s preliminary qualifying.

ETHS freshman diver Lucy Hogan racked up the second best point total overall with her 8 dives on Friday, trailing leader Sydney Dusel of Naperville Central by a margin of 357.45 points to 345.65. The top 12 divers who advanced will complete their lists with 3 dives on Saturday to determine the state championship.

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Evanston senior Iana Wolff will compete in the 100-yard butterfly consolation heat after earning the 12th fastest qualifying time of 56.97 seconds. The six fastest qualifiers will compete in the championship heats in each race, with the next six advancing to the consolation heats.

Also earning spots on Saturday were the 200-yard medley relay team of Paige Haden, Ana Woods, Wolff and Honore Collins, and the 200 freestyle relay unit that includes Wolff, Collins, Mary Claire D’Arrigo and Woods.

Second among the qualifying teams coming out of the sectional competition in the medley, Evanston settled for the sixth fastest performance on Friday with an effort of 1:44.84. Rosary posted the fastest time in the prelims at 1:43.08.

Wolff’s butterfly leg of 24.56 was the fastest split of all the fliers in the field, faster than her sectional effort.

A school record effort in the 200 freestyle relay of 1:36.20 earned the No. 7 spot in the field on Saturday in that race. Wolff, who traded places with anchor Woods to take the leadoff spot, turned in a lifetime best 50 freestyle split of 24.17 as the foursome topped the previous school mark they set at 1:36.29 at the Glenbrook North Sectional last week.

“Given all the adversity we’ve had this year, with injuries and illness, I think the girls did a great job,” praised ETHS coach Kevin Auger. “It took the edge off of some of their individual performances because they were willing to sacrifice for the relays.

“Iana Wolff certainly had a great meet. She had lifetime bests in three of her races and she was only off a few 10ths in the fly, so she can come back and get that on Saturday. And we came close to having two top six relays (at State), and that was our goal from the beginning of the year.”

Non-qualifiers for the Wildkits included diver Andrea Gouvea, 149.75 points for 5 preliminary dives; Collins, 24.30 in the 50 freestyle; D’Arrigo, 25.00 in the 50 freestyle; Maddie Managlia, 1:00.33 in the 100 backstroke; Haden, 58.82 in the 100 backstroke; Olivia Everhart, 1:10.37 in the 100 breaststroke; Woods, 1:05.39 in the 100 breaststroke; and the 400 freestyle relay team of Wolff, Collins, Haden and Woods, clocked in 3:37.34.

Source: ETHS Sports Information

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