Girls swimming: Wheeler rolls to win at Griffith Invite
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent December 8, 2012 11:28PM
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:45AM
GRIFFITH — Wheeler coach Adam Klimczak pointed out that the Griffith Invite is a great event to gauge one’s progress and what needs to be worked on midway through the season.
Wheeler got its answer: They are right on track with a repeat of the championship over a fierce competitor in Kankakee Valley.
Wheeler scored 136 points to Kankakee Valley’s 95 on the strength of six first-place finishes, while KV grabbed five.
“I thought our team performed extremely well against some tough competition,” Klimczak said. “We are happy with the win and see that we are right on track with where we wanted to be at this point in the season. Our whole team stepped up to the challenge, but I thought Rachel Metzger did an outstanding job winning two single events, as well as two relays to lead our team.”
Metzger earned first place in the 200-yard individual medely and the 100-yard butterfly, along with contributing to the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay victories.
Kankakee Valley battled throughout the invite with solid performances from their entire team, especially Madison Babicka. She posted a new pool and school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.75, as well as a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and as a member of the 200-yard medley relay.
“It was a great feeling to accomplish that time; I broke my best in the first event of the year and now to do better is great,” an elated Babicka said. “But I don’t feel that I have peaked and I have room to improve.”
KV coach Kevin Stephens was happy despite finishing second.
“I am very pleased with the performance of the entire team,” he said. “They swam very well against a lot of good teams — this was probably our best outing of the year.”