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Mariners to join Waves in Red Division in 2015

The Lombard Waves and Villa Park Mariners closed out the 2014 DuPage Swim and Dive Conference season by competing in their respective divisions’ “A” meets on Saturday. Lombard battled three other teams at the Red Division “A” Meet in Addison, while Villa Park competed in the four-team Blue Division “A” Meet in Carol Stream.
The Mariners won the overall title in the Blue Division with a total output of 853 points. Carol Stream placed second with 789.5 team points, followed by Wood Dale (688) and Glendale Heights (518.5). Villa Park’s Blue Division championship will send the Mariners up to compete in the conference’s Red Division next season. The Mariners will join Lombard in the Red Division. The Waves needed to win this year’s division championship to move up to the White Division in 2015, but Woodridge claimed first-place honors in this year’s Red Division competition with 808.5 total points. Lombard finished second with 764 points. Hanover Park (670) and Addison (604.5) wound up third and fourth, respectively.
The Mariners earned six of their 17 individual victories at the Blue Division “A” Meet in the 15-18 girls level. The Mariners didn’t just win every individual event at that level; they set new meet records in five of their six wins. Kelly McNamara set new meet records in all three of her individual wins (the 100-yard individual medley, the 50-yard butterfly and the 50-yard breaststroke). Molly Hill established new meet records with her victories in the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard backstroke. McNamara and Hill both swam on two winning relay teams in Saturday’s meet. Both of those relay teams also set new meet records for the 15-18 level.
Each relay victory in Saturday’s division meets was worth 18 points toward a team’s total score. Every individual win in the season-ending events secured nine points.
Ethan Wallace joined McNamara as the Mariners’ other three-time individual champion in Saturday’s meet. Wallace earned his three victories in the 15-18 boys level. He also swam on a winning relay team, performing the opening leg in the final event of the competition—the 15-18 boys division’s 200-yard freestyle relay. Jason Hasler, who competed in the 8-and-under boys level, joined Jacob Christiansen (of the 13-14 boys level) to post two individual victories apiece. Two Villa Park teammates shared the individual title in the 50-yard breaststroke race at the 11-12 boys level. Jack Nettleton and Aidan Nichols shared first-place honors after each swimmer completed the race in  a time of 40.09 seconds.
Lombard’s Michael Hansen of the 8-and-under boys level and Kevin Abell (9-10 boys) both earned three individual victories in the Red Division “A” Meet. Both swimmers also swam on a pair of victorious relay teams. The Waves won nine of the 20 relay races in Saturday’s meet.
The five Lombard swimmers who were two-time individual champions at the “A” meet included Lilly Panegasser (8-and-under girls), Erin Fitzgibbon (9-10 girls), Grace Schwieters (11-12 girls), Daniel Bajda (11-12 boys) and Elissa Haake (13-14 girls).

 
   
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