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Getting past the Redwings : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Getting past the Redwings
Oswego swim team improves to 5-1 with win over Benet

by Christine Bolin Dascher


In the sixth dual meet of the season, the Oswego-Oswego East girls' swimming and diving team edged out Benet Academy, 98-87, at Oswego East on Tuesday night.

"I knew it was going to be somewhat close," Oswego co-op head coach Deryl Leubner said. "They were one place behind us at the Naperville meet (on Oct. 6). We are still trying to figure out our (Independent) Conference lineups, so we swam in a few different events than we would normally would. It wasn't too surprising."

"It's good to win this one because in the past, we've come close and lost," senior Erin Newman said.

"It was pretty exciting."

The win moved the squad to 5-1 overall in dual meets this year. The lone loss was against Rosary in the very first dual meet of the year. The Royals won that by a mere five points.

"It's really exciting - but not as exciting as it would be to be 6-0," senior Mandy Sommerfeld said of the 5-1 dual meet record. "I think we are setting the bar higher and higher each year."

Against Benet, Oswego earned first place in seven of the 12 events. Even though junior Camila Novo-Viano clocked in at 28.81 in the 50-yard free, Leubner credited her performance to setting the tone for the rest of the meet. She beat Benet's swimmer by four-tenths of a second.

"(Novo-Viano did that) early in the meet, when it was up in the air," Leubner said. "That was a difference of two points. We went into the diving break five or six points up instead of four. That definitely set the tone for how hard we had to work after that."

Junior Emily Wulff finished first in two individual events - the 200-yard IM (2:17.56) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.94). She was also a part of the 200-yard medley relay team that went first in 1:55.79. Junior Sydney Lloyd, junior Nelly Casas and senior Erin Newman were also on that relay team.

Lloyd finished in first in the 200-yard free in 2:02.61, Casas won the 100-yard fly in 1:00.72 and freshman Macie McCallum was tops in the 500-yard free in 5:29.56.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Casas, junior Hannah McDowell, Newman and Lloyd won with a time of 3:45.05.

Benet won diving, the 50-yard free, the 100-yard free, the 100-yard back and the 200-yard free relay.

Last Thursday, Oswego won the Independent Conference dual meet with Morris. Oswego won eight of the events, and called the final four events exhibition matches.

Junior Taylor Wojciechowski won diving (165.85) and junior Jackie MacDonald won two events - the 200-yard free (2:13.97) and the 500-yard free (5:45.86).

Hannah McDowell won the 200-yard IM (2:25.43), Casas won the 50-yard free (26.42), McCallum was the best in the 100-yard fly (1:07.72) and Lloyd was first in the 100-yard free (59.22).

The 200-yard medley relay team of McDowell, Newman, Lloyd and sophomore Haley Zegar earned first place with a time of 2:00.90.

"We were creative with our lineup against Morris," Leubner said. "We used that as an opportunity to see who our second and third swimmers are for conference."

On Saturday, Oswego East competed at Naperville North's invite. Specific results and finish times were not available. Naperville North, Rosary, Fremd and Benet were some of the teams at the event.

"The scoring was very complicated. There was an A flight, B flight and a C flight, so there really weren't any team scores," Leubner said. "In that, we were fifth. It was nice to see where we stand with (these teams) because we normally don't get to see most of these teams in dual meets."

On Saturday, the divers on Oswego - junior Justine Voss, Wojciechowski and freshman Maddie Timken - get to compete at Evanston's Diving Invite. Divers have to have a specific and pre-qualifying score to even be considered for this event.

"This is the most elite diving invite next to the state meet," Leubner said.

On Tuesday, Oswego returns home for a non-conference dual meet with Hinsdale South at Oswego East at 5 p.m.

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