Jacobs' Nicole Sanchez misses state by 1 second
ST. CHARLES -- No local swimmers were able to qualify for next weekend’s girls’ state swimming meet out of Saturday’s St. Charles East Sectional.
Jacobs finished fifth in the 13-team field with 111 points, well behind first-place St. Charles East, which tallied 319 points, 50 more than runner-up St. Charles North. The Saints and North Stars dominated the meet, winning nine of 12 events and breaking four pool records at the Norris Center.
Jacobs junior Nicole Sanchez finished just above the state-qualifying standards in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. Her 54.45 seconds in the 100 was less than a second off the state-qualifying time.
“I was pretty satisfied with it,” Sanchez said. “I had the best times in all my events. There’s not much else I could ask for.”
Sanchez also was part of the Eagles’ 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams, swimming the anchor leg in both.
“Medley relay did our best and same with the 400,” Sanchez said. “Again, there was not much more I could ask for because the girls were trying their hardest.”
Crystal Lake Central finished seventh with 71 points, 17 more than eighth-place Huntley. The Tigers swam well in the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays with Nora Mollitor, Julia Janeczko, Tessa Shorten, and Elizabeth Pieroni, but were not quite fast enough to reach state.
Marengo wound up with only 18 points, but that wasn’t too bad considering the Indians were represented by just one swimmer, Alexis Olson, who finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke.