Hobbs hits higher gear

Hobbs hits higher gear

By: Elizabeth Weber

By: Elizabeth Weber

By: Elizabeth Weber

CHAMPAIGN – Saturday's Ed Fredericks Charger Invitational put Champaign Central's Mamie Hobbs back on track.

Hobbs led Central to second place, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 25.29 seconds and the 100 free in 55.35.

"I wasn't feeling very strong at the beginning of the season," Hobbs said. "I wasn't feeling that good and didn't think I was really on track. But today I felt really good."

Central compiled 286 points, trailing Lincoln-Way East's 435. The Maroons swam without coach Will Barker, who was at Auburn to participate in a ceremony honoring former Central standout Tyler McGill.

"We thought maybe we could win it, but we were just really trying to get really good times today and have fun," Hobbs said.

Centennial was more than content with its third-place finish.

"We were thinking fifth or sixth place," Centennial coach Don Waybright said. "We are doing as well as we can."

Waybright called this season a down year, especially after losing a slew of contributing seniors, and only sees things getting tougher for the Chargers.

"When you lose eight seniors, that hurts," Waybright said.

A bright spot for Centennial was junior Alyssa Petruzzello's winning performance in the 100 butterfly.

Petruzzello's seed time coming into the event was 1 minute, 1.02 seconds, but she managed to clock in under a minute (59.64), which is also below the state qualification of 1:00.14.

"We didn't know what to expect," Centennial assistant Alison Czmarko-Kutzler said. "We stepped up and did really well."

Central's Tatum Stewart had a notable performance in the 100 fly, taking second behind Petruzzello in 1:01.38.

Urbana's Jenny Hill won the 100 breaststroke with a time 1:09.30 for the sixth-place Tigers.


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