The girls on the Woodstock High School/Woodstock North High School co-op swim team knew they would be swimming upstream as they headed into the Fox Valley Conference championship meet Nov. 4, but they ended the day with their heads above water, logging in an impressive collections of season best times and a trip to the medal stand.
Since no other schools in the Kishwaukee River Conference have swim teams, the Woodstock co-op swim team still competes in the Fox Valley Conference. Teams present at the meet included: Jacobs/Hampshire High Schools, Crystal Lake High School Co-op, Huntley High School, Cary-Grove High School, McHenry High School and Dundee-Crown High School.
In an individual sport like swimming, it’s all about improving throughout the season, and the young relay team made up of sophomores Angelina Scolio, Laney Peterson and Lucia Alcazar, and freshman Abigail Heidtke, showed significant improvement in both their outings. In the 200-yard medley relay, the team dropped nearly six seconds, finishing in 2 minutes, 3.77 seconds, enough for fifth. In the 400 freestyle relay, they dropped more than 10 seconds, finishing fifth in 4:06.82.
Head coach Renee Walker asked her team, “Where’d that come from?” following the 400 free relay, saying she had to do a double-take when she saw the time.
Each member of the relay team swam in individual events as well. Peterson dropped nearly two seconds off her best time in the 100-yard butterfly and Heidtke achieved personal records in the 50 and 100 freestyle, where she dropped more than 3 seconds.
“It’s a lot of pressure,” said Heidtke regarding swimming varsity as a freshman, but she added, “I like it. It challenges me as a person.”
Freshman Morgan Bateman also earned two PRs for Woodstock in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Scolio finished just out of the medals –seventh place – in the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, but she earned PRs in both events.
“The first 50 was strong,” said Scolio about the backstroke. “I felt fatigued the last 50, but I pushed through it.”
Teammate Alcazar just missed medaling in the 100 butterfly, but she made it to the medal stand in 100 breaststroke, finishing in sixth (1:11.34).
“It was a good time,” said Alcazar, who had back-to-back races, swimming the second relay immediately after her breaststroke race. She agreed she was probably swimming on adrenalin, especially coming after her medal performance in breaststroke.
Woodstock ended the day in sixth place.
The Woodstock co-op JV swimmers competed Nov. 3 in the FVC JV Invite at McHenry. Walker said the JV team, which has more swimmers than varsity, received 100 percent best times at the meet. Medal winners were: Kyla Grismer, fourth in the 100 backstroke, fifth in the 200 individual medley; and Katie Zanck, fifth in the 100 breaststroke.