Hey! Hey! Holy mackerel! Girl tankers--unbeaten State champs!
The only undefeated team in the history of Maine South, the girls' swim team, recently captured the Illinois state title at the statewide invitational held at Glenbrook South. Demolishing the other 54 participating schools, Maine South finished with a total of 134 points, followed by New Trier West (110) and Glenbrook South (90).
Outstanding individual performances by Patty Pence (100 yard backstroke), Sharon Beckman (200 yard freestyle), and Kim Lindstrom (200 yard I.M. and 500 yard freestyle) helped Maine South continue its three-year dynasty.
A first place finish by the 200 yard medley relay (Kim, Maria Chakos, Katie Pence, and Ingrid Arntzen) and a second place 400 yard freestyle relay (Sharon, Ingrid, Mary Nicolau, and Patty) were the key to the Maine South victory.
As a result of the successful Glenbrook South invitational, a bona fide state swimming meet for girls will be held next year.
The following weekend, the girls' swim team ended their season by capturing the Central Suburban League Title for the third consecutive year. A winning 400 yard freestyle relay (Sharon, Ingrid, Mary, Kim) and the second place 200 yard medley relay (Patty, Maria, Katie, Ingrid) along with the depth of the entire team brought Maine South yet another victory.
In a recent news story on CBS news, Brian Drees concluded, "The Maine South girls' swimming team has never, in its three year history, been beaten. They are, quite simply, the best in the state of Illinois."