Ramblers dominate Wildkits in the pool
Jaimie Kolar swims the 100-meter backstrok at the 2012 Speedo Illinois Swimming Senior Championship at the University of Chicago on July 14. Kolar took second in the 100-yard backstroke Thursday. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 31, 2012 9:27AM
EVANSTON — Maddie Jardeleza most likely won’t continue to swim some of the events she swam in Thursday’s opener against Evanston.
Normally a freestyler and backstroker, the Loyola senior competed in the 200-yard IM and the 100 butterfly. Even in off events, Jardeleza was pretty good, finishing first in the IM (2 minutes, 14.06 seconds) and second in the butterfly (1:01.20).
Jardeleza also helped two relay teams — the 200 medley and 400 freestyle — take second place as the Ramblers earned a 121-64 win over the Wildkits.
“This was not our ‘A’ lineup,” said Jardeleza, a four-year varsity veteran and Evanston resident. “I didn’t swim my best events, but I was happy with how they turned out. It’s nice to switch it up because it can be so repetitive. It’s good to get outside of your comfort zone.”
Loyola won 10 of the 12 events and finished first and second six times, even going 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle.
Jamie Kolar made a splash in her varsity debut for the Ramblers. The freshman won the 200 freestyle (1:57.50) and swam on two winning relays, the 200 medley and 200 freestyle. She was second in the 100 backstroke (59.35).
Freshman Ana Woods produced Evanston’s lone win in the swimming events, finishing first in the 50 freestyle (25.56). Sophomore Kate Budde was first in diving with 201.40 points.
Wildkits senior Maddy Savage said she has been impressed with the team’s youth so far this season.
“We have a lot of good freshmen, and they are adding a lot of energy,” said Savage, a distance freestyler. “They’ve been a real positive for us.”