Streaks are made to be broken, but ,when it comes to prep girls' swimming, nobody told the Galesburg Silver Streaks. |
Last season, Galesburg won its fifth consecutive Western Big 6 girls' swim title by 24 points over runner-up Moline.
This season, the two squads return a deep pool of talent to challenge for that conference crown.
The Maroons' Allison Patch won the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.86) at last season's conference meet. Patch continues to be one of the most versatile swimmers in the conference.
Moline's Elly Ehlers could prove to be one of the fastest in the conference in the 50 and 100 free. Ehlers swam a season-best time at conference last season in her second-place finish in the 50 free (25.97).
And sophomore, Claire VanDerGinst returns after an impressive freshman season swimming the 500 free.
Rocky senior Kelly Bishop is the only returning state qualifier earning a state berth in the 200 individual medley, and holds the school record in the event.
The Rocks continue to build with 39 swimmers out for the team this season, and returns seniors Maggie Pappas and Brianna Smith to bring the team solid senior leadership, and sophomore Hannah Rodriguez will be a swimmer to watch among the underclassman.
United Township hopes to get better with every meet this season. The Panthers returns senior Christina Warren who finished second in the backstroke at Western Big 6, and freshman Jessica Amyette has already shown great promise in a myriad of events.
Q-C girls' swim capsules
Coach: Joe Elhers (5th year)
2011: 2nd Western Big 6; 4th at United Township Sectional
Returners: Srs.: Allison Patch, Brianna Hutchings. Jrs.: Grace Carlson, Taylor Romeo, Elly Ehlers, Shaylee Mortensen, Mia Swanson, Kerstin Caldwell. Sophs.: Claire VanDerGinst, Hunter Hendricksen.
Newcomers: Fr.: Elizabeth Cunningham, Emmy Ehlers, Hannah Larson.
Ehlers on the Maroons: "This team looks encouraging. We have some very good returning swimmers and some very promising newcomers."
Rock Island Rocks
Coach: Grant Bramer (2nd year)
2011: 4th Western Big 6, 5th at United Township Sectional
Returners: Srs.: Kelly Bishop, Maggie Pappas, Courtney Kernan, Kayla Jackson, Brianna Smith, Terraisa Hanes. Jrs: Alicia Frieburg, Jacklyn Young, Chandra Smith. Sophs.: Hannah Rodriguez, Alicia Murphy, Alyssa Nunes, Lexys Magadan, Mikayla Weyers, Alyssa Meincke, Christina Bacon, Ashley Ayala, Tiffany Wickard, Kylie Moody.
Newcomers: Sr.: Madison Kernan. Sophs.: Melissa Gardner, Symone Covington, Madelaine Perry. Fr.: Monica Alvarez, Addisen Hynd, Isabella Ndikumwenimana, Leslie Rangel.
Bramer on the Rocks: "We were extremely excited and highly motivated after last season's fifth place sectional finish. We are coming to compete and looking to improve upon last season. Our losing season in the dual meet season is a huge impetus for the kids to train hard because they want to come to the pool and compete every time we are in the water against another team."
United Township Panthers
Coach: Dave Busch (34rd year)
2011: 3rd Western Big 6, 6th at United Township Sectional
Returners: Srs.: Christina Warren, Sara Gillespie. Jrs.: Megan Ballegeer, Kayla Lott, Brandi Ruby, Andrea Schanfish.
Newcomers: Sophs.: Lori Linnabery, Ashtyn Vandersnick. Fr: Jessica Amyette, Katie Hannah.
Busch on the Panthers: "We are hoping to get improvement on every meet we compete in, so that by the end of the year we are a little more competitive than where we start out."
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