Freshman Gabriel Makes Splash in Pool, Dillon Spikes Intensity for Volleyball

Although Alessandra Gabriel is only a freshman, she is no stranger to success in the pool. And she is certainly making a splash for the Oak Lawn Community High School varsity swim team this season. She swam a personal best time of 6:05.97 in 500-yard freestyle against Bremen and Shepard, and she also helped the 200-yard medley relay finish with a time of 2:03.14 in a meet with Lemont and TF United.
“Alie has been a wonderful addition to our varsity squad this year as an incoming freshman,” said head coach Derek Maciaga. “She leads our Lane 2 swimmers in practice and always works hard with a great attitude. In fact, the time of 2:03.14 for the 200-medley relay is the best mid-season time for that event in a long time. Look for Alie to continue to drop times throughout the season and perform well at the South Suburban Conference meet.”
In volleyball, junior Kate Dillon seemingly does it all for the Spartans. She continues to shine in nearly every aspect of the game like spiking, receiving, and serving. But even more impressive is that she is doing it while still balancing a fall season on the girls golf team for Oak Lawn.
“Kate is one of our team captains as a junior this year,” said girls volleyball head coach Kathleen Miller. “She leads the team in kills and reception percentage while also contributing significantly on defense and at the service line. Kate is a presence on the court and brings a competitive intensity to our program each day. She is doing a fantastic job balancing schoolwork, volleyball and golf this fall.”
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