Richmond-Burton's Eleni Gewalt set a school record and placed fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at the IHSA Girls Swimming and Diving State Meet finals at New Trier High School in Winnetka.
Gewalt, who was seeded fourth going into the finals, took fifth with a time of 1:04.13. She swam in 1:03.20 in the preliminaries on Friday. New Trier's Kaelyn Gridley was first with a time of 1:01.53.
Gewalt, who lives in Spring Grove, was making her second straight state appearance after qualifying in the 100 breaststroke as a freshman. She was 22nd in the preliminaries last year, but did not advance to the finals.
R-B does not have a girls swimming team. Gewalt is the only girls swimmer from the school to qualify for state.
"I was really thrilled about it because I wasn't expecting to do this well," Gewalt said. "I haven't been tapered at all. Going my best time and getting fifth was crazy. This year I felt way more prepared."
Gewalt competes with the Pleasant Prairie Patriots Swim Team in Wisconsin. Caitlin Pitchford, a math teacher at R-B and a former swimmer and swim coach, has served as Gewalt's high school coach the past two years.
"She had a great day," Pitchford said. "She was really pumped when she arrived to the pool. She stretched long in her strokes and had fast turns. She's going to be someone to be reckoned with in the next two years. Every time I see her swim, she looks so much stronger and so much more powerful."
Crystal Lake South co-op junior Makayla Nietzel successfully defended her four titles for athletes with disabilities. Nietzel was first in the 200 free (2:01.66), 50 free (25.68), 100 free (55.05) and 100 breaststroke (1:14.74) for athletes with disabilities.
Nietzel broke her own state records in the 100 breaststroke and 100 free. She also holds state records in the 50 free and 200 free.
Dundee-Crown 53, Hononegah 39: At Dundee-Crown's Thanksgiving Tournament in Carpentersville, Gianine Boado had 18 points for the Chargers (3-0). Alyssa Crenshaw had 14 points, Arysia Harris had 10 points, and Payton Schmidt added six.
Jacobs 43, Streamwood 35: At D-C's Thanksgiving Tournament, Melissa Fessler scored 13 points to lead the Golden Eagles (1-2) to their first win. Liz Schwartz had 11 points, and Courtney Pahl had nine points on three 3s.
Larkin 47, Woodstock 40: At the Burlington Central Thanksgiving Tournament, Erin Lockwood had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Emma Brand added eight points and 14 rebounds in the loss for the Blue Streaks (0-4).
Kelsey Perkins scored six points on two 3s.
McHenry 74, North Chicago 29: At the Maine East Thanksgiving Tournament, Katie Beyer had 18 points for the Warriors (3-0), who will play in the championship against Glenbrook North at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Ashley Wachter had 12 points, Ava Interrante and Mariah Honea scored 11 points apiece, Gracie Gasmann had 10 points, and Breanna Hoy had eight points.
South Elgin 39, Crystal Lake South 31: At D-C's Thanksgiving Tournament, Maddie Scharrenberg had seven points to pace the Gators (1-2). Allie Schoen and Brooke Kuffel tossed in six points apiece.
Palatine 42, Huntley 36: At D-C's Thanksgiving Tournament, Kamsi Nwogu had 11 points in a loss to the Pirates. Raquel Radermacher added nine points for Huntley (1-2).
Christian Liberty 44, Harvard 40: At the IMSA Tournament in Aurora, the Hornets (1-3) fell short in a loss to the Chargers. Dinah Harter scored 15 points for Harvard.
Woodstock North 30, Prairie Ridge 24: At the Burlington Central Thanksgiving Tournament, Colette Jones had 10 points to lead the Thunder (2-2) past the Wolves (1-3).
Hampshire 52, Wheeling 46: At the Hoffman Estates Invite, Kelby Bannerman had 22 points for the Whip-Purs (1-2). Katie Del Re, Ceili Ramirez and Alyssa Cork had six points apiece.
Mother McAuley 65, Crystal Lake Central 28: At the Bison Classic in Buffalo Grove, Lily Penza chipped in 10 points, four assists and 10 steals for the Tigers (0-2) in a loss to the Mighty Macs. Nora Ryan had seven points.
Harlem 61, Marian Central 53: At the Benet Tip-Off Tournament in Lisle, the Hurricanes fell to 0-3 with a loss to the Huskies.