The 2015 IHSA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals are set to take place inside New Trier High School’s Natatorium on Friday and Saturday, November 20-21. The 2015 state meet marks the 41st annual edition of the state finals and the fourth year that finals will be contested for athletes with disabilities.
200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY
The prelims and finals of every event will be webcast live with full video and audio with a subscription at IHSA.tv.
-Barringon senior Kirsten Jacobsen, the two-time defending 200 free champion and state record holder, will try for the career sweep of the 500 free after winning the event in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Two more individual state titles would give her seven for her career, which only one female swimmer has accomplished in state history.
-Rosary junior Alexis Yager is the defending IM champion and a contender in the 100 breaststroke who could lead Rosary to its first state title since the school won four straight from 2006-2009.
-Effingham senior Avery Braunecker returns to defend her 50 and 100 freestyle state titles.
-Metamora sophomore Noelle Peplowski tries for a second straight breaststroke state title and is also a top IM contender.
-Lake Forest senior Reilly Lanigan is one of the leaders for a Scout squad in search of a team trophy. Her transition to the 200 and 500 free this year will be a key, as she appears to be a contender in both.
-St. Charles North’s Audrey Guyett was second in the 500 as a freshman last year and her move from the IM to the backstroke provides another event where she could earn hardware.
A look at the top 2015 Sectional performances and how they stack up at the state and national level:
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Oak Park (Fenwick) (1:44.28)
State Record: Fenwick, 2012 Prelims (1:41.68)
2014 Champion: Naperville (Neuqua Valley) (1:44.46)
National Record: Carmel, Indianapolis (IN), 2015 (1:39.25)
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Reilly Lanigan (Sr.), Lake Forest (1:49.17)
State Record: Kirsten Jacobsen, Barrington, 2013 Finals (1:46.98)
2014 Champion: Kirsten Jacobsen (Jr.), Barrington (1:47.77)
National Record: Dagny Knutson, Minot (ND), 2008 (1:42.81)
200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Noelle Peplowski (So.) Metamora (2:03.22)
State Record: Emily Pisula, Freeport, 1999 Prelims (2:00.67)
2014 Champion: Alexis Yager (So.), Aurora (Rosary) (2:02.15)
National Record: Dagny Knutson, Minot (ND), 2014 (1:53.82)
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Daria Pyshnenko (Jr.), Lake Forest (H.S.) (22.69)
State Record: Olivia Smoliga, Glenview (Glenbrook South), 2012 Finals (:21.99)
2014 Champion: Avery Braunecker (Jr.), Effingham (H.S.) (:22.99)
National Record: Abbey Weitzel, Saugus, (CA), 2015 (:21.64)
Top 2015 Sectional Score: Jessie Creed (Fr.), Winnetka (New Trier) (548.70)
State Record: Christina Loukas, Deerfield, 2003 Finals (507.55)
2014 Champion: Dana Liva (Sr.), Mt. Prospect (Prospect) (464.50)
National Record: N/A
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Carly Kramer (Sr.), Plainfield (Central) (56.05)
State Record: Olivia Scott, Aurora Rosary, 2009 Finals (:53.09)
2014 Champion: Kelly McNamara (Sr.), Addison (A. Trail) (:54.83)
National Record: Kathlryn McLaughlin , Rancho Santa Margarita Catholic, Riverside (CA), 2015 (:51.53)
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Hanna Blankemeier (Jr.), Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest) (50.86)
State Record: Olivia Smoliga, Glenview (Glenbrook South), 2011 prelims (48.88)
2014 Champion: Avery Braunecker (Jr.), Effingham (H.S.) (:50.40)
National Record: Abbey Weitzeil, Saugus, (CA), 2015 (:47.09)
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Reilly Lanigan (Sr.), Lake Forest (H.S.) (4:50.84)
State Record: Adrienne Bicek, Downers Grove North, 2008 Prelims (4:46.66)
2014 Champion: Kirsten Jacobsen (Jr.), Barrington (4:47.29)
National Record: Dagny Knutson, Minot (ND), 1988 (4:34.78)
200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Aurora (Rosary) (1:35.31)
State Record: Glenbrook South, 2012 Finals (1:32.98)
2014 Champion: Downers Grove (North) (1:35.24)
National Record: Carmel, Indianapolis (IN), 2015 (1:30.72)
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Athena Ye (Fr.) Aurora (Rosary) (56.06)
State Record: Olivia Smoliga, Glenbrook South, 2012 Finals (:51.43)
2014 Champion: Natalie McGovern (Sr.), Naperville (Neuqua Valley) (:55.12)
National Record: Olivia Smoliga, Glenbrook South, 2012 (51.43)
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Hannah Hunt (Jr.), Aurora (Waubonsie Valley) (1:02.36)
State Record: Ashley Wanland, Stevenson, 2007 Prelims (1:01.83)
2014 Champion: Noel Peplowski (Fr.), Metamora (1:03.69)
National Record: Kasey Carlson, Walnut Creek (CA), 2009 (:58.75)
400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY
Top 2015 Sectional Time: Oak Park (Fenwick) (3:26.68)
State Record: Glenbrook South, 2012 Finals (3:24.50)
2014 Champion: Wilmette (Loyola) (3:27.05)
National Record: Carmel, Indianapolis (IN), 2015 (3:15.38)
41st annual State Series
New Trier HS (Winnetka)
Friday, November 20
Diving Prelims-9:00 a.m.
Swimming Prelims-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 21
Swimming & Diving Finals-1:00 p.m.
Order of events:
200-Yard Medley Relay
200-Yard Individual Medley
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
* Race for athletes with disabilities will be conducted first
Prelims and finals available live on www.IHSA.tv
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HISTORY & RECORDS
2015 State Series Results
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