Tired Rosary comes through in home invitational

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Rosary proved that exhaustion is no impediment to victory, Neuqua Valley’s Amanda Brockmeier came back from an injury with a bang and Audrey Coffey showed why she could be Naperville Central’s next star.

Those were the main storylines to emerge from Saturday’s Rosary Invitational.

The host Beads racked up 389 points to win the meet for the seventh time in its nine-year history. Naperville North edged Neuqua Valley 270 to 267.5 for second place, while Naperville Central was fourth with 254.5 and Rockford Boylan fifth with 84.

“What I love about this meet is the racing in the pool is very competitive,” Rosary coach Bill Schalz said. “It’s kind of like a preview of the sectional almost, [although] a very tired preview.”

With their midseason training regimen underway, all of the teams were racing tired, but Rosary had an additional burden. The Beads ran six miles on Friday for a school fundraiser.

“We were really tired but we pulled through,” Rosary senior Erin Hart said. “We just stretched out a lot and made sure we were able to push through it and do our best today.

“I think it’s good to show that even though we’re in the middle of training hard and getting into the hard part of the season we’re still able to swim good and win meets. That’s huge for us.”

Hart won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.22 and the 100 free in 54.03. She teamed with Elaina Ricci, Georgia Young and Talia Carello to win the 200 free relay and anchored Young, Alexis Yager and Emily Ryan to victory in the 400 free relay.

Yager captured the 200 individual medley in 2:08.89 and Camryn Streid took the 100 butterfly in 58.86.

Brockmeier and Yager, both sophomores, finished 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke, with Brockmeier timing 1:05.94 to break the meet record of 1:06.72 set by Naperville North’s Rachel Prorok in 2011.

“My goal this meet was to beat the record and I also wanted to go a 1:05,” Brockmeier said. “I’m really happy because I’ve been working really hard for the last two weeks. Even when I was injured I was working on my arms trying to keep up with everyone.”

Brockmeier, who was 16th at state last year, one place ahead of Yager, missed the first month of the season with a broken foot before returning to the pool two weeks ago. She made her season debut Thursday in a dual meet.

“My goal is to be in the top 5 at state this year,” Brockmeier said. “I’m happy that I got my state meet cut today.”

Coffey, a freshman, was happy about winning the 500 free in 5:14.51. That was four seconds off the state cut but 6.5 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Dulaney of Neuqua Valley.

“I guess I was a little surprised,” Coffey said. “I’ve been working on my racing strategy so I’ve been trying different ways to swim it and I was very happy with it.”

So was Naperville Central coach Mike Adams.

“The biggest thing that I was pleased with was not her time but how she swam the race,” Adams said. “She swam a very smart race.”

Naperville North received victories from Connie Zhang in the 200 free (1:56.34) and Emily Chuang in the 100 backstroke (59.66), while Neuqua Valley’s Mackenzie Hornstra, Brockmeier, Kayleigh Cannon and Wyli Erlechman won the 200 medley relay in 1:49.99.

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