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High school girls swimming: Crystal Lake Central co-op's Valerie Tarazi sets pool record at state

Crystal Lake Central co-op swimmer Valerie Tarazi set a pool record Friday at New Trier to take the top seed into the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke at the IHSA Girls Swimming and Diving State Meet.

Tarazi, a senior at Prairie Ridge, went 1:01.64 to set the record. Urbana University High’s Ema Rajic, the defending state champion and state meet record-holder, was second in 1:01.90.

Tarazi also had the second-fastest time in the 200 individual medley (2:01.03), behind Maine South sophomore Annika Wagner (2:00.84).

Heading into the meet, Tarazi thought she, Rajic and Metamora’s Noelle Peplowski would battle it out in the 100 breaststroke and that a state-meet record was a strong possibility. Rajic’s state-meet record in that race is 1:00.77, set last year. The three seniors each have a state championship in that race (Peplowski won in 2014, Tarazi in 2015 and Rajic last year).

Rajic’s 200 IM state-meet record is 2:00.27, set last year. Tarazi is seeded second in that race, and Rajic is fourth (2:01.65).

Jacobs freshman Jenny Tokarz swam 5:07.17 in the 500 freestyle for the 18th-fastest preliminary time,

although that did not qualify her for the finals.

Central co-op freshman Makayla Nietzel will compete Saturday in four events for athletes with disabilities: the 50 freestyle, the 100 free, the 200 free and the 100 breaststroke.

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