Meet the first team | 2018 N-G All-Area girls' swimming and diving

Meet the first team | 2018 N-G All-Area girls' swimming and diving

Megan Bernacchi | Centennial, Junior

Why she made the team: Bernacchi rolled to top honors in the 200-yard individual medley during sectionals and also was part of the Chargers' state-advancing 200 medley relay.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Fall Out Boy or Queen (even though they aren't together anymore). ... Before I compete, I eat eggs. ... In my dream career, I would travel a lot and help others every day. ... My favorite subject to study in school is German ... My favorite athlete is Simone Manuel. ... My favorite TV show is "New Girl." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Cleopatra, Alice Paul and Marlon Brando.

Three items on my bucket list: Move somewhere with a beach, swim the Big Shoulders 5K race up in Chicago and get to the Olympic Trials.

Raine Bernhard | Uni High, Senior

Why she made the team: Bernhard played a role in two state-qualifying relays for the Illineks, slotting into the 200- and 400-yard freestyle foursomes that each won at the sectional.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see BLACKPINK. ... Before I compete, I eat Cheerios. ... In my dream career, I would go on an archaeological dig. ... My favorite subjects to study in school are history and math. ... My favorite athlete is Katie Ledecky. ... My favorite TV show is "The Great British Baking Show." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Tana French, Betty Boothroyd and Serena Williams.

Three items on my bucket list: Encounter an octopus, swim the English Channel (with Annemily) and go on a food tour of Europe.

Reed Broaders | Uni High, Sophomore

Why she made the team: Our Athlete of the Year raced for two state-advancing relays and won sectional titles in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke. She placed seventh in the state in the butterfly and 11th in the backstroke.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Kendrick Lamar. ... Before I compete, I eat a protein shake. ... In my dream career, I would be a neurosurgeon. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Stephen Curry. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick the 44th president Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Michael B. Jordan.

Three items on my bucket list: Vacation in Bora Bora, learn sign language and get my driver's license on my birthday.

Lauren Feddersen | Centennial, Senior

Why she made the team: Feddersen scored the 500-yard freestyle sectional win and swam for the Chargers' state-qualifying 200 medley relay.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see "Doctor Who Prom," a classical concert of music from "Doctor Who." ... Before I compete, I eat a peanut butter sandwich. ... In my dream career, I would be a world-class pediatric surgeon. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science, especially biology or anatomy. ... My favorite athlete is Katie Ledecky. ... My favorite TV show is "Doctor Who" or "Downton Abbey." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.

Three items on my bucket list: Live in England, learn sign language and have a house elf like in "Harry Potter."

Lizzie Gile | Centennial, Senior

Why she made the team: The Chargers' lone three-event competitor at state, Gile won the 200-yard freestyle at sectionals and moved forward in the 100 butterfly and 200 medley relay.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Migos. ... Before I compete, I eat Goldfish. ... In my dream career, I would work with a research team to make a scientific discovery. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Adam Rippon. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Guy Fieri, Michael Scott and Ema Rajic.

Three items on my bucket list: Qualify for the Olympic Trials, go snorkeling and hold a koala.

Maddie Hieser | Champaign Central, Senior

Why she made the team: Hieser represented the Maroons at state by virtue of placing second in the 50-yard freestyle at the sectional.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Drake. ... Before I compete, I eat peanut butter. ... In my dream career, I would be a bilingual speech pathologist. ... My favorite subject to study in school is Spanish. ... My favorite athlete is Usain Bolt. ... My favorite TV show is "The 100." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Kendall Jenner, Travis Scott and Post Malone.

Three items on my bucket list: Travel the world, swim with sharks and see the seven wonders of the world.

Hannah Hong | Centennial, Sophomore

Why she made the team: One of two local divers in the state meet took second at the sectional and finished runner-up in the area for both six and 11 dives this year.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Billie Eilish. ... Before I compete, I eat protein energy bars, granola bars, fruit and Cheez-Its. ... In my dream career, I would be a baker. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Greg Louganis. ... My favorite TV show is "Grey's Anatomy." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Greg Louganis, Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein.

Three items on my bucket list: Do a real dive off of 10-meter, meet somebody really famous and skydive.

Sally Ma | Uni High, Freshman

Why she made the team: A breakout performer for the Illineks, Ma won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle sectional races, competed on the advancing 200 and 400 freestyle relays and took 10th at state in the 50 free.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see BTS. They're so talented, and I just love their music. ... Before I compete, I eat Jimmy John's. ... In my dream career, I would somehow contribute to the well-being of others. ... My favorite subject to study in school is biology. ... My favorite athlete is Simone Manuel. ... My favorite TV show is "The Good Place." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Leonardo da Vinci, Ruth Graves Wakefield and Rihanna.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydiving, hang gliding and visiting beaches of every sand color.

Gabi Springer | Danville, Junior

Why she made the team: The area's leading diver all season soared to a sectional championship as well as a 10th-place effort at the state showcase. She led all locals in six and 11 dives as well.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Florida Georgia Line. ... Before I compete, I eat Cheerios. ... In my dream career, I would work for the FBI. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Simone Biles. ... My favorite TV show is "Friends." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Walt Disney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cassandra Clare.

Three items on my bucket list: Go skydiving, go to Greece and see the Northern Lights.

Pranali Vani | Centennial, Senior

Why she made the team: The newest part of the Chargers' 200-yard medley relay helped it maintain a state presence, thriving in anchor duties.

A few of my favorites: Before I compete, I eat pasta. ... In my dream career, I would code self-driving cars. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Katie Ledecky. ... My favorite TV show is "Suits." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Mahatma Gandhi, Leonardo da Vinci and Eli Whitney.

Three items on my bucket list: Go scuba diving, swim an open-water race and climb one of the seven peaks.

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