Tim O’Brien’s SouthtownStar swimming note

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Tinley Park, which is aiming to qualify a relay team for the state meet for the time in program history, is going all out, according to coach Lucy Witkowski.

With a small team, just 21 swimmers, the Titans have banded together.

“All the girls are working extra hard, and they want to practice harder,” Witkowski said. “They are pushing harder. It’s the other things too, working with weights, running. They are putting the extra time in.”

Tinley Park will compete Friday at the South Suburban Blue meet and Nov. 16 in the Lincoln-Way North Sectional. The Titans will try to defend their back-to-back conference titles.

Hannah Schultz, a three-time state qualifier, along with Leah Wood, Kristen Davies and Melissa Barrios, all have performed well this season, according to Witkowski.

“Conference is always a team goal for us,” Witkowski said. “The sectional, we’re always underdogs. I think the girls were a little overwhelmed the past couple of years, but we’re trying, really pushing for that (state-qualifying) relay.”

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