Records are made to be broken, and since 2019, the Oak Lawn Community High School girls swim team is taking that idea literally. During the last four years, the Spartans have shattered nine different school records in the pool and even two pool records at Argo.
It’s no coincidence that all of these record-breaking swimming performances have come since Lilly and Lizzy Featherstone dove into the Spartan pool. One or both of the twin sisters played a role in each and every one of the new records.
“Since joining the team as freshmen, Lilly and Lizzy have been the backbone of our varsity squad,” head coach Derek Maciaga said. “They have a relentless work ethic in and out of the pool that has led them to their success. As fierce as they are in the pool, the two of them are some of the nicest girls you will meet and are the biggest cheerleaders on the team. They bring nothing but a positive attitude to practice and competition, which makes the rest of the team even better.”
In 2019, the Spartans started breaking these records. Sude Cebi, Featherstone, Featherstone, and Rylee Gallagher set the Frosh and Varsity 200 Medley Relay record in with a time of 1:58.47. Lilly Featherstone topped the Frosh 200 Individual Medley record in a time of 2:23.43. The Frosh and Varsity record in the 100 Butterfly now belongs to Lizzy Featherstone (1:04.54). The Frosh 100 Breaststroke record is currently Lilly’s with a time of 1:12.18. And finally, Gallagher, Featherstone, Featherstone, and Cebi broke the Frosh 400 Freestyle Relay record in a time of 4:13.04.
This year the girls have set three more records. Alie Gabriel, Amelia Fadula, Featherstone and Featherstone swam their 200 Freestyle Relay in 1:48.10 to set the varsity record. The same group of girls set the varsity record for 400 Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:56.18. And finally, the Spartans broke two Argo Pool Records this year as well. Lizzy swam the 500 Freestyle in 5:49.72, and the relay team of Fadula, Gabriel, Featherstone, and Featherstone set the record for 400 Freestyle relay with a time of 4:07.80.
These twin sisters are approaching the end of their high school careers this season, and they are hoping to finish with a splash.
“I know they are looking forward to swimming some of their fastest times ever at our upcoming South Suburban Conference meet and our Illinois High School Association Sectional meet as they finish out their careers here at Oak Lawn,” Maciaga said.