DeKALB – Senior swimmer Sarah Hein finished the 500-yard freestyle in 5 minutes, 38 seconds. Then she had to wait another 45 seconds for the next competitor to finish.

It was that kind of the day for the Barbs as the DeKalb-Sycamore co-op trounced Elgin, 134-29.


“It’s a good feeling, obviously. I don’t really do the 500 that often, so to get in and do it and do well in it, I was kind of shocked,” Hein said. “We do have a program that is going to give us the challenge to do well in all of our events even if its not our best events.”

Hein also took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 0:26.

Junior Aleida Wilkins, who was a state qualifier last year, also took first place in two events, the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:21 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.

“It’s definitely a really good feeling. Team support really helps to win the races. We’ve been working a lot on team building, so it definitely helps,” Wilkins said. “I’m just trying to push for my end goals: state at the end of the season. Along the way dropping time helps.”

Coach Melanie Chambers is looking for the team to continue its winning ways throughout the season.

“It feels great. I think the girls are real excited and I think this momentum will continue through to next week,” she said. “Each week that we continue winning, continues the momentum and keeps the girls excited.”

Chambers also is looking toward the goals at the end of the season.

“We’re hoping to take a couple of girls to state this year,” Chambers said. “We’re hoping to take a relay to state this year. That’s the goal.”

Hein and Wilkins also teamed with senior Elissa Roose and sophomore Grace Fleming for victories in the 200 medley relay in 1:57 and the 400 freestyle relay in 4:01.

“We have a lot of very strong girls on varsity this season,” Chambers said. “Sarah Hein is doing great. I’ve also been very pleased with Grace Fleming. She’s a sophomore. Aleida Wilkins is a junior and she’s off to a great year. There’s a lot.”