GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING: In the last MCAC meet of her career, senior Catherine Holecek had the best one in four seasons Saturday at University of Illinois-Chicago, according to Loyola head coach Mike Hengelmann.
Holecek set a personal-best time of 25.73 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle and had an in-season top of time of 1:01.76 in the 100 butterfly.
“You see it almost every year that an athlete realizes the end is near and a light goes on,” Hengelmann said. “She had an outstanding meet.”
The Ramblers finished fourth with 259 points. Rosary totaled 411 to win the league title. St. Ignatius (362.5) and Fenwick (330.50) rounded out the top three.
“I was happy,” Hengelmann said. “We had some really nice races from a lot of girls.”
Sophomore Maddy Reed established a career-best in the 500 free (5:28.03), while sophomore Kathleen Wannemacher did the same in the 100 free (55.64).
Junior Stephanie Udzielak had Loyola’s best finish by placing third in the 100 backstroke (59.36).
Loyola’s 200 free relay team of Holecek, Udzielak, Wannemacher and junior Molly Ball finished fifth (1:45.54). The 400 free relay foursome of Ball, Reed, Udzielak and junior Chloe Brown placed fifth (3:54.72).
Junior diver Jenna Loquercio was fourth (328.55), and senior diver Emily Rourke was sixth (310.55).
The Ramblers are off until competing at the Glenbrook North Sectional on Nov. 10.
“We had a tough week of practice, and the girls are tired,” Hengelmann said. “We will start resting this coming week.”
CROSS COUNTRY: Both the boys and girls teams ended their seasons Saturday at the Class 3A Niles West Sectional. No individuals were able to qualify for the state meet.
The boys placed ninth, while the girls finished 15th.
Sophomore Spencer Dzyacky led the boys, taking 29th in 15 minutes, 34.55 seconds. Freshman Spencer Werner (39th, 15:45.32), senior Jack Lynch (44th, 15:49.82), senior Eli Miller (59th, 16:04.42) and junior Alex Owens (64th, 16:06.78) counted toward the team’s 232 points.
The girls were paced by senior Hannah Kelly, who placed 63rd in 19:30.61. Sophomore Claudia Herman (76th, 19:44.38), sophomore Hayes Flanagan (79th, 19:51.41), junior Jenna Rekoske (82nd, 19:53.17) and freshman Meghan O’Donoghue (89th, 20:00.70) as the Ramblers totaled 373 points.