Women's Swimming and Diving Finishes a Memorable Season
by Caroline Merck
This year was a memorable season for the NCP women’s swimming and diving team, which started with a key conference win over Von Steuben and continued through tough meets against U-High, Niles West, and Lane. The Mustangs never gave up -- which was apparent by the positive outcomes and powerful team chemistry. “I love the team with all my heart. The devotion and dedication of both the freshman and upperclassmen was great this year,” said Co-Captain Olivia Borowski, Adv 903. “We had a huge improvement in our effort and participation from years past.” The team is known for their spirit--as the school could see on game days, when the team would wear matching colors, face paint, or even dress in a costume to get fired up for the games.
One of the most memorable meets for the team was the city championships. Evelyn Schober, Adv. 000, had outstanding times and even placed second in the 50-meter freestyle. Kaarina Sorensen-Jarret, Adv. 909 placed third in 100-meter backstroke and fourth in the 500-meter freestyle. Borowski won first place in the 100-meter breaststroke, and Joanne Phan, Adv. 806, placed third in the 100-meter butterfly. The team also won the 400-meter freestyle relay that was swum by Schober, Kim, Borowski, and Phan. The outstanding times resulted in the Mustangs placing third overall, behind the strong Lane Tech and Whitney Young teams. “We had a great City meet, which was exciting for us considering we had not tapered at all,” said Sorensen-Jarret.
The Mustangs were hopeful that they could carry over some of their momentum from their success in the City meet to the sectional meet, and, eventually, over to the state finals. Unfortunately, the Mustangs did not perform as well as they hoped at sectionals. They finished fourth overall, behind Fenwick, Oak Park-River Forest, and Riverside-Brookfield. “Sectionals were not the best, as there were little to no time drops and unfortunately none of our swimmers made state for the first time in years,” said Sorensen-Jarret. “Things definitely did not go as planned for any of us, but it’s just a reminder that, even when you work as hard as possible, things may not work out. Things happen for a reason, and we learned new things for next year.”
Captains Phan and Ruby Massey, Adv. 805, also had positive things to say about their team’s performance this year and in years past. Massey said, “Swimming has had such a huge impact on my life, and I’m so proud and honored to have been part of Northside’s swim team. I loved seeing my girls standing together on the sidelines cheering on their teammates, especially at the City Championship meet. Although we didn’t take home the title, I’m still extremely proud of all the ladies who swam their hearts out—it was definitely the perfect way to end my high school swimming career.” Phan said, “I’m so proud and honored to have been part of Northside’s swim team.”
On a more positive note, the team is mostly underclassmen and has many juniors who are both excited and hopeful about next season. “I am very excited for my senior season,” said Sorensen-Jarret. “I can't wait for next year,” said Borowski.