Scouting Local Girls Swimming Teams

Scouting Local Illinois Girls Swimming Teams

2013-09-14T18:00:00Z 2013-09-15T02:18:11Z Scouting Local Illinois Girls Swimming Teams nwitimes.com
September 14, 2013 6:00 pm

Crete-Monee

Swimmers to watch: Allison Carlos, So. (distance, freestyle); Emily Carlos, So. (backstroke); Kamryn Daniels, So. (breaststroke); Amanda Calderone, So. (freestyle).

Outlook: Lauren Carlos graduated, but her sisters and a good nucleus return. The numbers are up and coach Derek Sanderson is excited. "The team has continued to grow in both size and ability," he said. "With our new numbers and increasing talent, I think that we are going to be a very competitive team this year."

Homewood-Flossmoor

Swimmers to watch: Susanna Reese, Jr. (sprints, freestyle, breaststroke); Amber Barney, Jr. (freestyle, butterfly); Katie Tekyl, Jr., (distances, freestyle); Kelly Morrissey, Jr. (sprints, freestyle).

Outlook: Coach Tim Caldwell has a young team, but Reese, Barney, Tekyl and Morrissey looked impressive against Lincoln-Way Central. The numbers are up, but he said his team lacks experience. "Only hard work and time will tell," Caldwell said. "Our overall work ethic seems good so far. It is a long road to catch Sandburg, Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way East."

Marian Catholic

Swimmers to watch: Abby Kresal, Jr., (butterfly, breaststroke); Sophia Sesto, Sr. (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke); Isabelle Keating, Sr. (freestyle, butterfly); Emma Kresal, Fr. (freestyle); Diana Fernandez, Jr. (backstroke, freestyle).

Outlook: Coach Sean Scanlon has six returning letterwinners including state qualifier Abby Kresal. Sesto, Keating, Fernandez are expected to have a godo year. Freshman Emma Kresal leads a good young group. "I am looking forward to November," Scanlon said. "I believe we can make a run at remaining in the top 3 in the sectional and hopefully a relay at the state meet along with Abby."

Thornton Fractional

Swimmers to watch: Jessica Maricich, Sr. (100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly); Natasha Swindle, Sr. (500 freestyle); Sarah Hoekstra, So. (100 breaststroke); Nora Ramirez, Sr.

Outlook: Maricich is the best chance for a conference title and to qualify for state. Swindle and Ramirez are also leaders. Liliana Torres and Veronica Swindle are tow up-and-coming freshmen.

Thornton Township

Outlook: There is a new coach and the program will again face some of the best competition in the state in the SouthWest Suburban Red.

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