Swimming: Lady Hubs hit their stride at IHSA State Championships

Rochelle student-athletes Aubrey Headon (left) and Allison Cole (right) put on their purple and whiet swim caps for the IHSA State Championships in Evanston this past weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Headon wins gold in three freestyle events

EVANSTON — It was victory three times over for Lady Hub senior swimmer Aubrey Headon when she and sophomore teammate Allison Cole represented Rochelle Township High School in the IHSA Girls Swimming & Diving State Championship at Evanston this past weekend.

Competing within Class A of the Athletes With Disabilities Division, Headon won three gold medals in her freestyle events. The senior finished her 50-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.54 while also clocking in at 2:11.67 in the 100-yard freestyle (beating her seed time by over two seconds) and 4:13.38 in the 200-yard freestyle, besting her seed time by exactly five seconds.

“I thought I swam pretty strong and I was able to make personal records in three of my four races,” Headon said. “Even though I placed second in the breaststroke I cut 20 seconds off my time from last year. I feel that getting certified in SCUBA this summer helped me accomplish my goals. I’ll miss getting to see my friends from all over Illinois the most.”

Headon placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 3:07.70, knocking over 16 seconds off her seed time. Cole entered the water for the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle in Class B of the AWD Division. The sophomore placed eighth in the 50-yard race with a time of 1:26.71 and ninth in the 100-yard event with a time of 3:38.30.

“I thought I did OK in my 50-yard race,” Cole said. “I also learned a lot about not giving up when it gets difficult during my 100-yard race. I had better form in my 50-yard race this year but I got a mouthful of water when I was trying to breathe in the 100. I want to continue improving my breathing, my speed and my kicking.”

Headon’s high school swimming career comes to a close with the state championships, while Cole may return for two more seasons. The sophomore said she’s hoping to make more new friends over the next two years.

“I want to meet even more swimmers from other teams,” Cole said. “They are great girls and they are a lot of fun.”

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