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St. Charles North

Saturday's prep roundup: North girls swimming wins own invite

ST. CHARLES – Host St. Charles North won its own girls swimming invitational for the first time Saturday, scoring 283 team points to defeat runner-up Neuqua Valley (272.5) and the rest of the 11-team field.

Monica Guyett won individual titles in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.06) and 500 freestyle (5:04.13) and was part of victorious relay swims in the 200 freestyle (1:41:01) and 400 freestyle (3:39.99).

Grace Samuelson also was a double relay winner.

"The kids did a really good job today. They're just keeping swimming fun," North Stars coach Rob Rooney said. "It seems to me like their fun is leading into some good wins for them. They've been on a little bit of a tear with winning some meets, which is great."

North held a comfortable edge for much of the meet but felt some tension down the stretch when it struggled in the 100 breaststroke.

"That event right now is something we're getting better in," Rooney said. "We need to find some speed in that race."

Schaumburg Invitational:
St. Charles North won each of its five matches to storm to the title. The North Stars downed Cary-Grove for the championship. Taylor Krage smacked 69 kills for the tournament, while Sam Lappin (34) and Alex Seavey (29) were the team's digs leaders. The North Stars served 39 aces in five matches.

Bettendorf (Iowa) Invitational: Kaneland went 1-2 on the day, including a loss to host Bettendorf, the eventual runner-up.

Aurora Central Catholic 45, Guerin 14:
At River Grove, ACC (5-2, 3-2 Suburban Christian Conference) rolled to become playoff eligible. The Chargers can clinch an outright berth with at least one win in their final two games. ACC hosts Marmion and Montini to close the regular season.

Kaneland 3, Plainfield East 3:
At Plainfield, Kaneland, playing a man down, outscored the hosts, 2-1, after halftime to earn the tie and improve to 7-5-4. Arsim Azemi tallied twice for the Knights while Anthony Parillo had two assists. Kaneland surrendered the tying goal in the final minute.

Streamwood 1, Burlington Central 0: At Streamwood, Brett Rau made eight saves for BC, which had won 15 successive matches. Central fell to 17-2 but will not have a chance to avenge its loss to the Sabres, who play in a larger classification in the looming IHSA postseason.

"Streamwood is a very good team and they outplayed us in the first half," Rockets coach Mike Gecan wrote in an email. "We had some chances in the second half to make it interesting, but I guess it wasn't meant to be for us today. I would love to have another opportunity to play them, but that won't be happening so hopefully we were able to learn something from this experience."

West Aurora Stampede:
At Aurora, St. Charles North finished third in a 13-team field that also included Marmion (fourth), Batavia (eighth) and Geneva (12th). Champion Wheaton Warrenville South placed four runners in the top seven.

North's Kevin Davis finished 11th in 16:14, about 10 seconds ahead of his nearest pursuer, Ethan Young of Marmion.

Patrick Redmond (22nd, 16:45) and Ethan Altmayer (56th, 17:35) led Batavia and Geneva, respectively.

West Aurora Stampede:
At Aurora, Rosary (eighth), Geneva (ninth) and Batavia (10th) competed in the meet on the Marmion course.

Batavia's Miranda Rea (12th, 19:35) was the top Chronicle-area finisher. Madison Ronzone (17th, 19:47) led Rosary, while Mary Grace Neville (26th, 20:05) was tops for Geneva.

Sterling Invitational: Kaneland finished seventh in the 25-team field. Brianna Bower (12th, 18:40) and Sydney Strang (27th, 19:06) were the Knights' top runners.


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