Thursday 2/13/14 was a cold and windy night but the Palos Orland Swim Association (POSA) was red hot in the pool. POSA was competing in the South Suburban Swim Conference (SSSC) Gold Division Championship Swim Meet at Lincoln-Way West HS. POSA finished a decisive 3rd place behind the much larger LWSA and HWSA teams and almost 200 points ahead of 4 other very competitive teams.
The POSA Eagles were led by Clare Lawlor who earned two first place finishes in her two individual swims. The entire team was swimming new best times in their events and every swimmer contributed to the great finish. In addition to Lawlor, the other high point leaders in their age groups were Bella Wrobel, Joey Jenkot, Alexa Barstatis, Peter Bukiri, Morgan Hawes, Daniel Mroz, Ava Giblin, and Ethan Pautsch. The other Conference Champion with a first place finish was Peter Bukiri in the Boys 12 & Under 50 yard Breaststroke. Bukiri also qualified for the State Championship with his time in that swim.
Head Coach Josh Rogers was very pleased with his team after the meet. “We swam a great meet from the 7 year olds to the 17 year olds. It was as complete a meet as we could have swum. The competition in this conference is very tough. A top three finish is an impressive accomplishment especially considering how deep the talent pool is on all of these teams."
POSA is a year round Illinois Swimming club swim team that is a feeder program for primarily Carl Sandburg HS but has swimmers that will attend various local high schools. POSA's home pool is at Sandburg. The SSSC is composed of 19 teams in 3 Divisions. The Gold Division is designated as the highest level of the three and has 7 teams.PHOTO: The POSA Eagles Celebrate their 3rd Place Finish at the SSSC Conference Championship Swim Meet. Pictured (clockwise from L-R) raising their trophy: Erin Barry, Ava Giblin, Molly Lawlor, Jimmy Jenkot, Emma Dorey, Alexa Barstatis, Peter Bukiri, Kristina Hurcikova, Jack Donnell, and Bella Wrobel. (Photo by Teresa Dorey/ www.doreymoto.com)