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Area roundup: DeKalb-Sycamore season ends in swimming prelims; NIU softball drops pair

DeKalb's Gavin Anderson swims the 500-yard free during the IHSA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at New Trier High School in Winnetka.
DeKalb's Gavin Anderson swims the 500-yard free during the IHSA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at New Trier High School in Winnetka.

The swim season for the DeKalb-Sycamore co-op team came to an end Friday in the preliminaries of the IHSA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships at New Trier.

Both Nathan Braun and Gavin Anderson finished 15th in an event, with only the top 12 advancing to Saturday’s finals to earn a medal.

Braun was 15th in the 100-yard butterfly. He finished in 50.46 seconds, just behind his seed time of 50.11. Richwoods’ Daniel Matlock earned the final qualifying time in 50.35.

Anderson was 15th in the 500 freestyle, finishing in 4:41.35. He came in with a seeding of 4:38.26. St. Charles East’s Austin Cabel earned the final qualifying spot with a 4:39.88.

Anderson also was 31st in the 200 free (1:45.69), and Braun was 35th in the 100 backstroke in 54.13.


Kaneland drops shootout with Rochelle: The Knights got 33 points from Bryce Ebert but lost to Rochelle, 88-84.

Brett David scored 18, and Will Cushman added 10 points.


NIU drops two in Houston: A big inning and errors proved too much to overcome, as Northern Illinois lost, 12-8, to Kennesaw State and, 8-0, to Houston.

NIU (6-6) fell behind Kennesaw State, 5-0, after the Owls scored five runs in the top of the third inning. However, the Huskies responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Jenny Van Geertry drove in NIU’s first run on a bases-loaded RBI single. A two-run RBI single by Dominique Greeno cut the Huskies’ deficit to two.

After holding the Owls in the top of the fourth, NIU took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Van Geertry delivered the big blow with a one-out three-run homer. Unfortunately, those would be the last runs the Huskies scored.

The Owls scored four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.

It was all Houston in NIU’s second game of the day. Houston scored eight runs, four earned, on 10 hits, while the Huskies’ defense committed three errors. After jumping on top of NIU with a run in the second inning, the Cougars scored six runs in the bottom of the third. All of those runs were scored after a one-out error.

“Today we struggled to get off the field by not making a pitch or play when it counted,” said NIU coach Christina Sutcliffe. “Tomorrow is a new day, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue to get better.”

The Huskies face Incarnate Word and Houston on Saturday.

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