[David Toney - For Shaw Media]
Kelly, who is undecided about swimming in college, ranked a distant second behind eventual champion Lucy Hogan of Evanston after Friday’s prelims. But 11 of the 12 finalists, including Downers North senior Madison Johnson, who finished 12th, were bunched within 15 points of each other, so Kelly wasn’t disappointed at her final finish.
“I was kind of iffy [about what would happen] because I knew there was a lot of girls with 5-10 points of each other,” Kelly said. “I wasn’t really nervous.
“I take one dive at a time and whatever happens, happens. There were a lot of girls that had great potential to win and I thought we had a really great competition.”
Lyons junior Callahan Dunn was third in the 200 individual medley, while senior teammates Grace Prendergast and Mary Kate Gannon took fourth in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, respectively, to lead the Lions to fifth place in the team standings with 97 points.
LT was fourth in the 200 free relay and sixth in the 200 medley relay. Hinsdale Central senior Anna Glowniak was the area’s other top-6 finisher as she placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke.