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Waves close out regular season with a narrow loss to Bartlett

  The Lombard Waves completed the DuPage Swim and Dive Conference regular season with Saturday’s 348-310 loss to the Bartlett Barracudas at Paradise Bay Water Park. The Waves finished the regular season with a dual-meet record of 5-4. Lombard’s season was supposed to feature 10 regular-season meets, but last week’s July 13 battle against crosstown rival Villa Park was cancelled because of stormy conditions. Zola Nowicki captured three individual victories for the Waves during Saturday’s competition against Bartlett. Nowicki, who competes in the 8-and-under girls level, earned her wins in the 25-yard butterfly, the 25-yard backstroke and the 25-yard breaststroke. Lauren Jones of the 11-12 girls division also won three individual events for Lombard. Jones swam to first-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle, the 50-yard butterfly and the 50-yard backstroke. Daniel Bajda of the 13-14 boys level also delivered three individual wins for the Waves. Bajda scored his victories in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard individual medley and the 50-yard breaststroke. Lombard’s Grace Dynako and Grace Schwieters, who both swim in the 13-14 girls level, each won two individual races in Saturday’s regular-season finale. Dynako won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, while Schwieters turned in first-place efforts in the 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard backstroke races. The Waves’ other individual champions in Saturday’s meet included Kaylee Brown, who won the 50-yard freestyle in the 8-and-under girls level. Ann Marie Czerwinski (50-yard freestyle), Lillian Vish (50-yard backstroke) and Madelyn Nowak (50-yard breaststroke) each won one race in the 9-10 girls division. Ryan Woods of the 9-10 boys level won the 50-yard breaststroke. Esabella Lee (100-yard freestyle) and Ava Banaszak (50-yard breaststroke) provided victories for the Waves in the 11-12 girls division. Thomas Florey (100-yard freestyle) earned a win in the 11-12 boys level. Mairead VanSanten (100-yard individual medley) and Lizzy Florey (50-yard breaststroke) swam to first-place finishes in 13-14 girls events. Evan Kale (100-yard freestyle), Ammar El-Dars (50-yard butterfly) and Harrison Forsberg (50-yard backstroke) posted wins in the 13-14 boys level. Anna Christiansen (50-yard backstroke) of the 15-18 girls division and Patrick Florey (100-yard individual medley) of the 15-18 boys division also earned individual titles. The Waves won nine of Saturday’s 20 relay races against Bartlett. Lombard’s 8-and-under girls team of Brown, Nowicki, Lauren Manning and Alyssa Wiemerslage teamed up to win the 100-yard medley and 100-yard freestyle relay events. The 13-14 boys foursome of Bajda, El-Dars, Forsberg and Kale also won two races, swimming to victories in the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle events. Lombard won both of Saturday’s relay competitions contested in the 13-14 girls level. Dynako, VanSanten and Allyson Griffith swam on both of the winning teams. They joined Lizzy Florey to win the 200-yard medley relay and swam with Schwieters on the victorious 200-yard freestyle team. The Waves will complete the 2016 season at the DuPage Swim and Dive Conference’s upcoming White Division meets. Some Lombard swimmers will compete in the White Division ‘B’ Meet in Woodridge on July 23. Other Waves will battle at the White Division ‘A’ Meet at the Butterfield Park District Pool on July 30. Lombard is one of five teams in the White Division this season. Bartlett, Butterfield, Itasca and Woodridge are also in the White Division, which is the most competitive of the conference’s three divisions.  

Mariners earn dominant win in regular-season finale 

The Villa Park Mariners finished their regular season with Saturday’s dominant 449-168 victory over the Wood Dale Water Rats in Wood Dale. The Mariners earned wins in 42 of the meet’s 58 individual events. Saturday’s win gave Villa Park an overall season record of 6-3 in dual meets. The Mariners won their final five contests after beginning the season with a 1-3 record. The Mariners were supposed to face Lombard in a dual meet on July 13, but that event was rained out. Villa Park will complete its season with the DuPage Swim and Dive Conference’s Red Division meets. Some Mariners will compete in the Red Division ‘B’ meet, which takes place July 23 in Addison. Other Villa Park swimmers will take part in the Red Division ‘A’ Meet at Jefferson Pool on July 30. Villa Park will compete against swimmers from Addison, Hanover Park and Roselle in the two Red Division meets. Olivia Bernardi of the 8-and-under girls level and Ian Mueller of the 8-and-under boys division each won three individual events for Villa Park in the meet against Wood Dale. Bernardi won the 50-yard freestyle, the 25-yard butterfly and the 25-yard breaststroke. Mueller earned his victories in the 25-yard freestyle, the 50-yard freestyle and the 25-yard breaststroke. Filip Palutkiewicz won three individual events in the 9-10 boys division, swimming to victories in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly. Maggie Connelly (13-14 girls) also won three events; her victories came in the 100-yard individual medley, the 50-yard butterfly and the 50-yard breaststroke. Ethan Wallace (15-18 boys) added three more victories for the Mariners by winning the 50-yard freestyle, the 50-yard backstroke and the 50-yard breaststroke. Annabelle Thompson (9-10 girls) swam to victories in two events—the 100-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle. Rebecca Lopez-Egan (11-12 girls) provided the Mariners with victories in the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-yard backstroke. Carmela Frontzak (13-14) also won two events; she claimed her wins in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races. Thomas Holmes and Jack Nettleton, who both compete in the 13-14 boys division, won two events apiece for the Mariners. Holmes won the 100-yard individual medley and the 50-yard backstroke, while Nettleton won the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-yard breaststroke. Villa Park’s other individual winners in the meet at Wood Dale included Malvinia Drozdowicz (25-yard freestyle) and Hannah Daly (25-yard backstroke) of the 8-and-under girls division; Jonothan Lynch (25-yard butterfly) and Ben Evenson (25-yard backstroke) of the 8-and-under boys level; Vicky Drozdowicz (50-yard butterfly), Lily Cammarata (50-yard backstroke) and Lily Javier of the 9-10 girls division, and three 9-10 boys swimmers—James Burns (100-yard individual medley), Jake Koterba (50-yard backstroke) and Eric Twarowski (50-yard breaststroke). Kylie Moses (50-yard butterfly) posted a win in the 11-12 girls division, while Dominic Drozdowicz (100-yard freestyle) and Tommy Nettleton (50-yard butterfly) swam to first-place finishes in the 11-12 boys level. Villa Park’s individual champions in the 15-18 girls level included Meghan Koterba (100-yard individual medley), Melissa Johnston (100-yard freestyle) and Madeline Nettleton. Jack Burns (15-18 boys) swam to a win in the 100-yard freestyle. The Mariners’ 8-and-under girls foursome of Bernardi, Daly, Maisie Thompson and Lily Vaughan Conboy won a pair of relay events, swimming to victories in the 100-yard medley and 100-yard freestyle events. The 9-10 boys quartet of Jake Koterba, Kamil Kurpacha, James Burns and Filip Palutkiewicz delivered wins in two relays—the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle events. Villa Park’s 11-12 girls foursome of Lopez-Egan, Moses, DeAnna Tate and Julia Zdeb also won a pair of relay events, as did the 13-14 girls unit of Connelly, Frontzak, Cara Burns and Kelsey Fitzgerald.

Jim Izzo inducted into wrestling coaches’ hall of fame
Jim Izzo, a 1971 graduate of Montini Catholic High School who has been teaching at the school for more than 40 years, was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) Hall of Fame earlier this year. A Villa Park resident, Izzo was honored at the IWCOA’s 46th Annual Lifetime Service Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet, which took place in April at the Holiday Inn in Countryside. In addition to wrestling while he was a student at Montini, Izzo participated in football and track. He continued his education at St. Mary’s Univesity in Winona, Minnesota. Izzo was a co-captain of the first St. Mary’s wrestling team to post a winning record. Izzo began teaching at Montini in 1975. He started his coaching career as an assistant wrestling coach at the school. He became the head coach in 1978. He stepped down as head coach in 1994 and remained an assistant coach until 2005. Izzo was nominated for the IWCOA’s Assistant Coach of the Year Award three times. He won the award in 1998—the same year he helped coach his son Jesse to the IHSA Class A 160-pound individual state title. Jesse Izzo’s state championship victory that year marked the first IHSA title in the history of the Montini wrestling program. The Broncos have now won 52 individual state wrestling championships, as well as 13 IHSA state team titles. The Broncos posted an overall dual-meet record of 180-119-4 during Izzo’s 16 seasons as head coach. He guided the program to its first IHSA team regional title in 1993. One of the athletes Izzo coached was 1983 graduate Mike Bukovsky, who succeeded Izzo as Montini’s head coach. Bukovsky guided the Broncos to their first IHSA state team title in 2000. He led the program to seven more state dual-meet championships before retiring as head coach in 2010. Bukovsky, who is a member of the IWCOA Hall of Fame, nominated Izzo for the hall of fame recognition. A panel of coaches voted to induct Izzo into the hall. "I was both shocked and humbled when I was told of the honor," said Izzo.  "That I was chosen by other coaches, many of whom I have known and looked up to for years, was a thrill.” “It would be impossible to list all of the great memories that Montini wrestling has given me,” Izzo added. “I would like to thank anyone who was part of the teams over all of the years. I got so much from the boys that I can never repay.” Izzo, who teaches history at Montini, was recognized as the Lasallian Educator of the Year in 1994. He was inducted into Montini Catholic’s Hall of Fame in 2001.