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Babicka-School Record and Three Wins and Sittema-Four Wins, Lead Swimmers to Victory Over Bombers

January 23, 2013
Kankakee Valley High School

Using lots of team depth, and again led by junior stars Maddie Babicka and Abbey Sittema, the Lady Kougar Swim/Dive Team beat a very strong Rensselaer Bomber team 103-82, to improve to 7-4 on the season.  The 200 medley relay team, outstanding all year, again took a tough 1st in a time of 2:04.7.  That team was Kate Lott, sr. leader Alysia Beenes, Babicka and Sittema.  The team of Madi Klauer, Leah Gouwens, Sonny Anderson and Jordon Dittrich took 3rd.  Jordan Rhoades took a solid 2nd in the 200 free.  Caitlin Roth was 4th in a PR time of 2:29.06, with Sarah Axtell also swimming a PR of 2:40.75.  Sittema took 1st in the 200 IM in an excellent time of 2:26.02.  Anderson was 3rd and Lott-4th.  Babicka remained unbeaten in the 50 free, splashing to victory in 25.40.  The valuable Klauer was 3rd in 28.25, with Dittrich-5th.  Divers Jordan Brodner and Maribeth Strong took care of business with an important 1-2 finish, Brodner scoring over 147 pts. for her 6 dives.  Anderson was 2nd and Beenes 3rd in the 100 fly.  Jordyn Rentschler swam a PR of 1:47.59.  Sittema won the 100 free in her usual smooth fashion, her winning time was 58.92.  Brittany Stepp swam a courageous 100, taking a strong 3rd, with Gouwens, like Klauer, Anderson, Rhoades, Lott, etc. providing valuable points, placing 4th in a PR time of 1:09.14.  Roth was 3rd in the grueling 500 free, with Axtell-5th.  Rhoades, Lott, Beenes and Klauer were 2nd in the 200 free relay; Gouwens, in a PR leg of 30.6, Dittrich, who swam an excellent leg, Anderson and Roth were 3rd.  Babicka battled hard in the 100 back, taking 2nd in a school record time of 1:05.7!  This is Babicka's third school record this season! Rhoades also swam a great event here, taking 3rd in a PR time of 1:12.15, among KV's Top 10 all-time!  In a very competitive 100 breaststroke event, KV went 2-3-4 with Klauer, Beenes and Gouwens finishing in that order.  Klauer swam another PR in this event with her fine time of 1:22.17.  Sittema led off the 400 free relay winner for her 4th win of the evening, followed by Rhoades, Stepp and Babicka.  Their time was 4:16.47.  Roth, Dittrich, Jess Nagel and Axtell took 3rd with Axtell providing a strong anchor leg.  Rhoades, Stepp and Dittrich also swam fine legs of their relays.  KV travels to North Newton tomorrow night for their final regular season meet.

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