Over the past decade, Sandburg’s girls’ swim program has been blessed with talent and depth, which translated into a streak of 10 consecutive sectional championships and downstate appearances.
This season, however, the Lady Eagles’ roster boasts just eight swimmers. That represents a significant drop-off, percentage-wise, from the 11 or 12 athletes that coach Jane Caliendo has typically had available to her.
But despite the situation, Sandburg narrowly missed extending its string of sectional crowns. Only the host Lady Porters bettered the Lady Eagles at Saturday’s Lockport Sectional, and the winners’ margin of success was slim: just six points.
Sandburg did well enough, though, to amass 280 points and, more importantly, qualify people in seven events for this weekend’s state meet. The Lady Eagles advanced six individual swimmers, a diver and two relay units.