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DeKalb/Sycamore wins Independent Conference

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DeKalb/Sycamore co-op swimming coach Marybeth McGill knew her team would have to make up some ground Saturday at the Independent Swim Conference Championship at DeKalb’s Kishwaukee YMCA.

Despite spotting Oswego 29 points because they don’t field a diving team, the local team came back to earn 285 points and win.

Emily Waller and Kate Taylor each won a pair of individual events while the team combined to win the 200 (1:39.99) and 400 freestyle (3:37.47) races in team-record times.

Taylor, Waller, Grace Waller and Casey Jepsen swim on both teams. Their times were just under the state-qualifying marks, which they’ll have to hit the next time they swim competitively at the St. Charles North Sectional on Nov. 15.

“They really give us a lot of balance,ý McGill said. “A lot of relay teams have one strong swimmer and the others aren’t even. All four of them have times that are interchangeable.ý

Emily Waller won the 50 (25.09) and 100 freestyle (53.95) while Taylor won the 200 (1:55.94) and 500 freestyle (5:12.42).

Grace Waller was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.48) and 200 IM (2:12.51). The medley relay (2:03.53) team of Tara Gidaszewski, Molly Olson, Alex DeWitt and Nicole Pearcy also finished second.

Gidaszewski was third in the 100 backstroke (1:03.19) while Pearcy was fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:05.29).

“We won our first event and we did it pretty easily,ý McGill said. “It helped get our momentum.ý

 going on from that.ý