by Anya Uppal
Hinsdale Swim Club (HSC) recently completed a record-breaking 2016-17 short-course season.
Fifty-two swimmers—37 percent of the team—qualified for postseason regionals and/or the Illinois state championships.
During the state championship, club members achieved a top-eight podium finish, including Kendall Pickering, 12, who placed first in the state for the 200-, 100- and 50-yard backstroke, second in the 100-yard individual medley, third in the 50-yard freestyle, and fifth place in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley; Caroline Kramer, 12, who took sixth place in the 50-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke; and Phoebe Paarlberg, 12, who took sixth in the 50-yard freestyle.
Adding to the HSC’ s victories, two of its women’ s relay teams also finished third in state. Relay members included Kramer, Pickering, Paarlberg, Haley Dynis and Margaret Scheuerman, all aged 12. Also during the state championship, a total of 14 team records were broken.
“This is the strongest team we have had since I came to the club five years ago,” head coach Matt Rowe said.
Based on their success this season, 20 Hinsdale Swim Club members have also qualified to compete at the National Club Swimming Association age-group championships and junior nationals, which will take place this month in Orlando, Fla.
Hinsdale Swim Club is a year-round, competitive swim team.