Home Conference meet hosts profound performance for girls swimming


Photo courtesy of Adrian Garton

Christopher Vye, Sports Editor

As it turns out, hosting the Conference meet was exactly what girls swimming needed to have some of their best performances of the season. There may not have been any conference champions, but between a whopping six individual medalists and two more on relays, it’s safe to say the Kits unleashed their fullest potential that day.

Some notable highlights included sophomore Cameron Corbett taking a pair of fifth places in the 200 and 100-yard freestyles, senior Amanda Nelson finishing sixth in the 200-yard IM, and junior-senior combo Monroe Stroth and Ainslie Stoolmaker taking fourth and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle. In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Malia Schoonyoung dropped over ten seconds off her season best to take fifth in 5:29.51.

In the freestyle relays, E-Town’s quartet of Corbett, Stroth, senior Karolien Van Mieghem and junior Abby Romisher took third in 1:41.38, and in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Stroth, Nelson, Corbett and Romisher teamed up to take second in 3:40.74.

Going into Sectionals, Evanston’s best bets for State appeared to be Nelson in the 100-yard backstroke after she finished fourth in the 100 back at Conference. Romisher also looked to be a strong contender after taking second at Conference in the 500 free with a 5:18.64. However, come Saturday, Nov. 5, none of the ETHS swimmers were able to advance to state. Nelson did beat her season best of 59.46 in the 100-yard backstroke with 59.32, placing her in seventh place. Romisher also excelled, landing in third place with a time of 5:16.91 in the 500-yard freestyle under New Trier swimmers Haley Knupp and Madelyn Ohr with 5:13.79 and 5:13.99 respectively. 

Although the Kits were unable to pull through with a State qualifier, the girls’ impressive performance proves ETHS swim is not to be underestimated.