Swim team goes for 18

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Girls swimming has beat Maine South every year for the past 17 years. Today, they look to make it 18 years as they head to Park Ridge for a meet at 5:30 p.m.

“Maine South will be our last look to see what we’re going to do for our conference line up,” said coach Kevin Auger.

Maine South finished fourth in conference last year.

“They’re a good team. They have some good individuals, but I think as a team we’re better,” said Auger.

This meet marks the last of the regular season.

“It is going to be a sad night, but I hope this meet reflects how hard the seniors have worked for the past four years. I want us to end on a high note,” says co-captain Julia Bartol.

Although the team is confident going into this meet, it’s very important that they put in their best times to set expectations for conference and state meets.

ETHS got off to a slow start losing meets early in the year to powerhouse teams Barrington and Loyola, but they were able to bounce back and have won three straight meets since with an overall record of 5-2. In conference they’ve excelled this year with a season record of 5-0.

“We’ve never won conference in our high school careers, so winning as seniors would prove that in our four years of swimming, all those 5 a.m. wake ups and sore shoulders, have been worth it,” said co-captain Rebecca Schumm.

After this meet, the team will have a week of preparation before going into the conference meet hosted at ETHS on Nov. 7. After that, the girls have sectionals on Nov. 14 at Glenbrook North. The state finals will be held at New Trier on Nov. 20.