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Streak Girls Swim Team Starts Strong
POSTED 10:57 a-m 9/8/9 Galesburg High School's swim team is off to a great start as it competes in a dual meet Tuesday evening at Western Big Six rival Rock Island.

The Streaks won the seven-team Macomb Invitational on Saturday, scoring 387 points. Another rival, Moline, finished second with 335 points. Eureka was third with 258, followed by Porta, Macomb, Quincy and Jacksonville.

GHS won two relays in the meet and four individual events. The relay victories were the 200 and 400 freestyle. The individual winners were Lauren Albert in the 200 freestyle, Natalie Statham in the 100 freestyle, Kathleen Varner in the 500 freestyle and Katie VanHootegem in the 100 breastroke.

Coach Ray VanHootegem said the Streaks swam very well for being in the morning, and it was the only meet the team will have this season that begins in the morning. "We had 24 season best out of 28 swims, nine of which were lifetime bests."

VanHootegem says GHS is concentrating on swimming better races. "Hopefully we will get faster each time." He says Galesburg had a great meet at Macomb.

The Silver Streaks opened the season on September 1st with a dual meet victory at Dunlap, 117-69.

Albert won two individual events (100 freestyle and 100 backstroke) and her team took ten overall, including all three relays (200 meter freestyle, 200 medley, 400 freestyle).

The diving competition against Rock Island is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p-m at Augustana College.

Galesburg High School 2009 Girls Swimming & Diving Roster

Lauren Albert - SR
Sarah Katchen - SR
Brooke Montgomery - SR
Kelly Napier - SR
Ali Romano - SR
Kathleen Varner - SR
Janayle Franey - JR
Ashlee Heady - JR
Kelsey McKillip - JR
Morgan Mitchell - JR
Heather Nagle - JR
Nikki Peck - JR
Sarah Schlake - JR
Colleen Shelly - JR
Natalie Statham - JR
Maggie Terrill - JR
Katie VanHootegem - JR
Britney Welch - JR
Corine Allen - SO
Allison Buelt - SO
Laura Minor - SO
Ciara Bledsoe - FR
Kelsey DeJaynes - FR
Sophia Moreno - FR
Blas Nache - FR
Lilly Pogue - FR
Alyson VonKannon - FR


9/08/9 - @ Rock Island (swimming), 6:00 p-m
9/09/9 - @ Rock Island (diving) AUGUSTANA COLLEGE, 6:00 p-m
9/12/9 - @ Rock Island Invitational (diving), 9:30 a-m
9/12/9 - @ Rock Island Invitational, 1:00 p-m
9/15/9 - @ United Township, 5:00 p-m
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