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Lady Kougar Swimmers Conclude Season With Excellent Performances At Sectional

February 6, 2012
Kankakee Valley High School

At Saturday's final day of the Crown Point Sectional, KV swam very well, placing 6th out of 12 scoring teams, with 147 points.  State and/or area powers Munster, Crown Point, Lake Central, Highland, and Lowell went 1-5.  The 200 medley relay took 6th in the championship final with a season-best (SB) time of 2:04.83.  That team was Morgan Bell, Alysia Beenes, Leanna Mulloy, and Audra Lewis; one sr. and three sophomores.  Sr. Lindsey Strong was 14th in the 200 individual medley, with Lewis-15th in a personal record (PR) of 2:47.94.  The 50 free was a highlight event for Coach Kevin Stephens's squad, with sophomores Madison Babicka, Mulloy, and Abbey Sittema all scoring.  Babicka, concludiing her remarkable season, which included the 50 free school-record, and two All-Conference 2nd team selections, took 7th in the championship final in 25.81.  Mulloy, who had an outstanding sectional, was 11th in a PR time of 27.02, improving her status on the all-time top ten list.  Sittema was a solid 13th in 27.38.  Soph. Jordan Brodner was 13th in diving, with jr. Maribeth Strong, in just her first season on the swim/dive team, taking 15th.  Babicka powered to 9th in the 100 free in 58.02, with Sittema a strong 11th in 59.63.  KV had its finest performance in the 200 free relay, grabbing 4th in the championship final, with a SB by over 3 seconds!  That awesome foursome included sophomores Sittema, Lewis, Mulloy, and Babicka.  Their time was a tremendous 1:47.15.  Bell was a solid 11th in the 100 back, followed by Kate Lott-15th, and Jordan Rhoades-16th.  Beenes took 11th in her specialty, the 100 breaststroke, with a PR time of 1:19.53, improving her placing on the all-time top ten list.  The 400 free relay team of Babicka, L. Strong, Mulloy, and Sittema hustled to a 6th place in the championship final, with a SB time of over 2 seconds.  Their fine time was 4:04.30.  Congratulations, ladies, on another excellent season!

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