Girls swimming: Madeline Hunt wins two medals at state meet
By Matt Le Cren For Sun-Times Media November 17, 2012 8:34PM
Updated: December 19, 2012 1:13PM
Madeline Hunt became the first Waubonsie Valley swimmer since 2000 to win state medals in two individual events in the same year on Saturday.
Hunt accomplished the feat by finishing fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and sixth in the 100 backstroke at the state finals in Evanston. The junior turned in personal-best times in both races, clocking 23.69 in the 50 and 57.13 in the backstroke.
“The main goal was basically just best times and that was accomplished,” Hunt said. “I would have been happy with any finish as long as my times improved.”
Hunt showed considerable improvement in both of her races. Last year she was seventh in the 50 and did not get past the preliminary round in the backstroke.
“The 100 backstroke was probably my biggest surprise this meet because I was definitely more focused on the 50,” Hunt said. “It was really exciting to see the time drop.”
Hunt was also excited about swimming in the same heat with Glenbrook South star Olivia Smoliga, who smashed the national record in both races, timing 21.99 in the 50 and 51.43 in the backstroke.
“It was really cool,” Hunt said. “The best thing about state is I love swimming against really tough competition. It really helps me to put my best into my swims.”
Smoliga is headed to Georgia next year, so Hunt will be a contender to win a state title — something only one other swimmer in school history has accomplished.
“Our team has grown a lot over the past year, so next year should be even better and I can’t wait,” Hunt said.
In other results, Oswego East junior Nelly Casas took home two medals, finishing seventh in the 500 free (4:58.18) and 12th in the 200 free (1:52.96). Oswego East’s 200 medley relay team placed 11th.
Rosary had two medalists: freshman Annie Gosselin in the backstroke (ninth, 57.02) and sophomore Erin Hart in the 100 free (11th, 52.32). Metea Valley freshman Amanda Burson finished seventh in the 100 free (51.99).
In the newly instituted competition for athletes with disabilities, Waubonsie Valley’s Alyssa Gialamas won two events — the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.