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Druley: Swimmer Hart feels free(style) at Rosary

Rosary sophomore girls swimmer Erin Hart huddled with Beads coach Bill Schalz before competing for Saturday’s 100-yard freestyle consolation championship.

After the race, Hart still was absorbing everything that converges on the IHSA state finals when St. Charles North coach Rob Rooney patted her on the shoulder and said, “Solid swim.”

The Evanston pool deck wasn’t a particularly hostile place for Hart in her second state appearance. The St. Charles resident had backing not only from the Beads, but her counterparts at St. Charles East and North, who double as club teammates in the high school offseason.

“It’s really familiar since we’ve all been on the club team at St. Charles Swimming,” Hart said. “You see a lot of people you know.”

Hart was one lane over from one such athlete in the final race of her season, swimming next to Villanova-bound East senior Mary Snyder in the 100 free consolation.

Hart (52.32) edged Snyder for 11th place by 0.39 seconds.

As a freshman, Hart qualified for state in the 50 freestyle and as part of Rosary’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. The 200 free relay (fifth) and 400 free relay (seventh) helped the Beads to a third-place finish at New Trier.

While the Beads notched just six team points this season, Hart is confident she can be part of a turnaround. Rosary, after all, is another place in which she feels comfortable.

“I’ve had family friends that had gone to Rosary before and I heard of the swim team and met coach [Schalz] before through club swimming,” Hart said. “It’s been a good school for me to go to.”

Fisher to Michigan: Marmion senior wrestler George Fisher, of St. Charles, recently committed to Michigan, Cadets coach Ryan Cumbee confirmed.

Fisher, who’s set to compete at 132 pounds this winter, was the Class 2A state runner-up at 126 pounds last season. He won the 2A title at 119 as a sophomore and boasts a 74-14 record the past two seasons,

“The way he’s practicing every day, I already look at him as college-ready,” Cumbee said. “And he’s not going to be stopped this year. George Fisher is going to let people know who he is real quick as we move up to 3A.”

For more on the wrestling scene, check out Wednesday’s Chronicle for our season preview.

Bears downed: The Baylor women’s soccer team was eliminated Sunday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, falling, 4-2, in penalty kicks to host North Carolina after the match moved through two overtimes tied at 1-all.

The Bears, coached by St. Charles native Marci Jobson, finished 19-2-5 and set a program record for victories. Baylor went 4-2-4 in overtime matches and had not lost since falling Aug. 26 at Long Beach (Calif.) State, 2-1, in OT.

Speaking with the Chronicle last week, Jobson reflected positively about her first five seasons at Baylor, a Christian school in Waco, Texas, which she called “the Notre Dame of the South.”

The Bears had been a perennial Big 12 doormat when Jobson arrived from Northern Illinois, but have since made successive NCAA Tournament appearances and were ranked 11th entering Sunday’s play.

• Kevin Druley is a sports writer for the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or

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