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Duchesses help Byron win title

Skyhawks compete in tough weekend tournament

Dixon students Kylie Shaw and Katie Drezen won individual events, and teamed with schoolmate Gretchen Bushman to take two relay victories to help the Byron co-op take top honors at the NIIC Meet on Saturday in Byron.

The Tigers finished with 280 points, while Sterling was in second at 239.

Shaw was clocked at 1 minute, 11.52 seconds to win the 100 breaststroke, while Drezen won the 100 freestyle in 56.65 seconds.

Relay wins came from the team of Shaw, Drezen, Bushman and Hailey Groharing in both the 200 medley (1:56.06) and 200 freestyle (1:44.91).

Drezen added a runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle (26.08), Bushman placed second in the 100 butterfly (1:03.30), and Shaw took third in the 200 IM (2:24.47).

Sterling winners were Zaina Rumbolz in 1-meter diving (344 points), Kerry Mullen in the 50 free (25.7), and Lauren Moeller in the 100 backstroke (1:04.51). Moeller added a second in the 200 freestyle (2:05.87). The Warriors also won the 400 freestyle relay (3:57.47).

Morrison’s Sydney Norman swam to second in the 200 IM (2:24.38), and Gracen Harmon took third in both the 50 free (26.41) and the 100 free (57.89).

College volleyball

Skyhawks 1-3 in Champaign: The Skyhawks (30-8), ranked sixth in the latest NJCAA Division II poll, lost to No. 2 Parkland, No. 5 Lincoln Land and No. 13 Kirkwood at the Parkland Tournament, then finished with a 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 14-25, 15-13 win over No. 9 Illinois Central.

Bailey O’Brien had 59 kills and 69 digs on the weekend, and Sommer Rhea added 51 kills and 85 digs. Hannah Peterson had 20 kills and nine blocks, Kacey Koch added 79 assists and 29 digs, and Paige Conner dished 43 assists. Olivia Pilgrim and Sydney Young had 32 digs each.

The Skyhawks will receive a bye Wednesday in the first round of the Region IV Tournament, and will next play Saturday in the tournament at College of Lake County in Grayslake.

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