IMSA’s swim team met with a successful 2018 fall season under IMSA head coach Julie Polz and assistant coach Cindy Mors from Yorkville. Team captains this season were Colleen O’Connor (’19) from Yorkville and Tatiana Michel (’20) from IMSA.
The team started off with a strong group of varsity sophomores this year, including Marcail McBride, Grace Kozlowski, Samantha Hall, Julia Wettstein, and Emma Darbro.
This year, the team sought to fix several major issues from last season, including consistent attendance, attention to swimmers’ technique, and team unity. Swimmers attended bonding events throughout the season and received timely feedback from coaches on their technique. The results were evident, as the team outdid its precedent from the 2017 season. Marcail McBride (’21) medaled at various meets throughout the season, including the gold in the 50 Free and the silver in the 100 Backstroke at the team’s first invite of the season.
Since the team includes swimmers from both IMSA and Yorkville High, the team attended two conference meets this season. At the Yorkville conference, the varsity team placed 5th and JV placed 3rd in their respective divisions. At the IMSA conference, varsity placed 8th and JV placed 3rd. At the Yorkville conference, captain Colleen O’Connor was awarded MVP by popular vote among the coaches.
The highlight of the season occurred at the Sectionals meet in mid-November, when O’Connor qualified for the IHSA state meet in the 50 Freestyle.
Next season’s captains will be Tatiana Michel and Marcail McBride from IMSA, as well as Sydney Petersen (’21) from Yorkville.