Schaumburg Sharp in Win over Hoffman

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Byline: Daily Herald Reports

Schaumburg coach Tom Gallagher put his squad through one of its toughest weeks of practice in preparation for the grueling meets to come.

The hard work looks to be paying off as Schaumburg snared all three relay events and ended the contest with six wins in a row en route to a 125-60 Mid-Suburban South win over visiting Hoffman Estates Thursday.

Elizabeth Barrow and sister Colleen Barrow swam off-events and paced Schaumburg with two wins apiece and took part in two of the winning relays. Julie Hubbard garnered the 50-yard freestyle (27.09) and Lauren Zivic took home the 100 backstroke (1:12.06) to round out the Saxons' attack.

"We feel that when we started the season we knew we were going to have to work hard to be a respectable squad in this conference ... but now we're there," Gallagher said. "We had an excellent week of practice and we came through with some good off swims.

"We wanted the athletes to be smart about their own races; to be faster and smarter than before."

Sophomore Elizabeth Barrow - who normally swims the 100 breaststroke and 50 free - swam the 200 individual medley for the first time this year and the 500 free for the first time ever.

The change of scenery didn't seem to faze Barrow when she picked up the medley (2:23.15) and swam a faster second half en route to her win in the 500 (5:48.61).

"We worked hard all week, and we just came through tonight," Elizabeth Barrow said. "We just want to work hard and do well the rest of the season.

"Swimming different events gives me a break mentally and physically from my usual swims. Coming into this meet I had no idea what events we were going to swim, but coach Gallagher helped me along."

Colleen Barrow helped Schaumburg pull away during the second leg of the 200 free relay win. …