The St. Charles Swim Team hopes a little internal competition this weekend spurs club members on to big things as the summer unfolds.
The SCST is staging a “50 skins competition” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Swanson Pool at Pottawatomie Park, part of the club’s “Endless Summer” meet Saturday and Sunday.
The event is a 50-meter freestyle swim-off with 96 swimmers seeking to be the fastest 50-meter freestyle in the bunch.
Beth Wilson, the team’s publicity coordinator, said swimmers will attempt to land among the fastest 16, “then the round of eight, and so on until the champion wins it all.”
“Swimming is such an enormous part of our community, especially with two pools at the high schools,” Wilson said. “It’s such an enormous team. It covers so many age groups and so many family members.”
According to Wilson, 11 swimmers from the program committed to swim collegiately within the past year. The timing of this weekend’s event makes it a great tune-up.
“We’re about ready to go into championship season so this is the last regular seasons swim for all age groups,” Wilson said. “Everyone is fighting to get their regional, state or Junior Olympic times.”
The team has more than 350 competitors, and more than half of them have at least one sibling in the program. Swimmers range from age 7 through high school seniors.
Admission this weekend will cost $5. Wilson projects a dramatic resolution to the event.
“Sometimes you get a crazy 12 year old that will make it to the end,” Wilson said. “It ends up being a swim-off between top names in swimming in St. Charles at the very end.”
Jonathan Cabel and Tim Lewarchick are the program’s co-head coaches.
Seberger settling in: Geneva girls basketball product Morgan Seberger is preparing to begin her college basketball career at Division-II Southern Indiana.
Seberger made a late decision to attend USI and spent time on the Screaming Eagles’ campus in Evansville with her new teammates last month.
“We are excited to welcome Morgan to our USI family,” USI coach Rick Stein said in a news release. “Morgan is a tall and long guard that brings more versatility to our backcourt. She is an outstanding student-athlete that can extend the defense from behind the three-point line and is a proven winner who led her team to the final four of the Class 4A state tournament in Illinois.”
Seberger averaged 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds last season for a Vikings team that finished in fourth place in Class 4A.
• Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.