St. Charles North girls swimming sophomore Monica Guyett turns 16 today but she’s already had ample reason to celebrate lately. On Saturday, Guyett won individual titles in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.01) and 500 freestyle (5:04.13) and also was part of two winning relays for North in a home invitational. Guyett, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about her performance Saturday and Thursday’s meet against St. Charles East. The following is an edited transcript:
How was Saturday compared to some of your other strong meets of the season?
My 200 free was pretty good, only a second off what had been my best, and my 500 was three seconds faster than what I’ve been doing all season and only three seconds off what I did last year at the state finals, so I think I did pretty good.
Have your strongest events stayed the same over the years, or have they changed much?
No, I’ve always been a mid-distance, distance person. I just like those.
With the East-North meet upcoming, how much anticipation is there for that one?
It’s pretty fun. I know most of the girls on East, and it’s going to be fun to see everyone. It’s going to be a great competition, so I’m excited to see what our times are and how we do there.
If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some tough homework, who would it be, and why?
I would like to pick my sister, Nicole Guyett. She is a senior and Thursday is our senior night. She is really dedicated and always tries to earn good grades, and just really helps me whenever I have troubles.