updated: 2/26/2015
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Super Squad
Blue 1 Regionals @ Barrington
Purple Regionals @ Barrington
Junior Regionals @ Barrington
Senior Regionals @ Barrington


High School Men:
Matt Benge (DGN)
Ben Elliott (DGN)
Jaden Ryden (DGN)
Bill Troy (NN)
Jack Woywod (DGS)

Sunday, Feb 22nd at York High School.. Information and details on the TU meet page .... Link

• 43 Qualified for TIME DROP AWARD PIZZA PARTY!!
All swimmers achieving 10 or more TIME DROP AWARDS this season have qualified for the pizza party. Here is the list as of February 16th... CONFERENCE MEET - LAST MEET FOR TIME DROP AWARDS & PIZZA PARTY QUALIFYING ...Swim FAST!! Link

• Due to a problem with the air handing units, North's pool has been shut down. ALL PRACTICES for tonight (Jan. 13) have been moved to South. Please double check practice times for your group!

All practices scheduled for Thursday, January 8th have been cancelled due to the extreme cold. All District 99 Buildings will be closed.

All practices scheduled for Wednesday, January 7th have been cancelled due to the extreme cold. All District 99 Buildings are closed.

• Maverick Meet Update
Follow link to Express Entries and a link to the host site - wm-up schedule & psych sheet. SWIM FAST EXPRESS!! Link

Our entry was NOT accepted - we did not get into this meet ... the meet filled and closed quickly.

Express Swim Team is accepting new members for Session 2 (November through March). Follow the link to find additional program information under the "Join Express!" tab. Returning Session 1 swimmers be sure to register for the "Renewal" option. Link

• October/November Swim Meet Update
Our entries have been accepted for the HWSA Fall Fling and the FOX Fall Classic!!
All Express swimmers have been entered in the Trick-or-Treat Express (unless you declined the invitation prior to the closing of sign-up)

• T-Shirt Distribution .. Team Picture .. ExpressWear Orders
9/16/14 6:00 PM
Picture Order Form here ... Link

• Quick Reminder ....
Meet Sign-up for the Express Fall Splash closes TODAY (9/10). If you do not plan to attend the meet, please DECLINE participation ONLINE. All swimmers will be entered in this Express-hosted meet unless you decline participation.
This is an EXCELLENT first meet of the season! Don't miss out ... Sign-up Today!! Follow this link to the Meet section of the website .. Link

Junior & Senior Groups - Monday, Sept. 8th @ South High
Purple, Blue, Super Squad/NOVA on Sept. 15th Check the Practice tab for the schedule.
It's going to be a FANSTATIC year!!

Start your season off on the right Flipper!
Join us for a FREE Swim Clinic. Details are here ... Link

• Early Bird Special Discount ends Friday, August 22nd .. Don't miss out - Register TODAY!!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount - Register prior to August 22nd and receive a $25/swimmer discount. Follow this link to the Registration area. Don't forget to review the Registration Packet - Check out "What's New" for 2014-15! Link

The Fall & Winter Season is just around the corner ... Express Swim Team in "ON THE GROW"! JOIN THE BEST AGE GROUP SWIM TEAM IN THE AREA!! We would love to have you join us. New Member Evaluation dates and times are here - pick any day! ... Link

Welcome to all Summer session swimmers - it's going to be a GREAT summer. Not registered yet? No problem - ONLINE registration is still open for summer Express Swim Team!

Express Swim School Learn-to-Swim lesson registration is now open ONLINE ...
*Lessons are available for ages 4 & Up
*All sessions will be held at South High this summer
*Select either 2 classes per week or 4 classes per week
*Don't delay - classes are expected to fill quickly
Use the link in the upper left corner of the webpage to get registration details and information
-Click here to find out more about Express Swim School and Starfish Aquatics.. Link

Express Swimmers are smokin' fast ... After two long course meets, 5 swimmers have achieved State Cuts in 9 events and 18 swimmers have achieved 59 Regional cuts! This is going to be a GREAT championship season for EXPRESS! Listing is here ... Link


• SPRING SESSION begins on MONDAY, APRIL 7th !!!!
The practice schedule is posted on the "Practice" page... Registration Packet is here.. Link

Follow this link to order silicone or latex Express swim caps with or without personalization ... Link

Express Swim Team is "On the Grow" and in need of additional coaches! Follow this link to the Employment Tab where the announcement and application are located. Link

Congratulations and Good Luck to the following Express State Qualifiers ... We are proud of you - SWIM FAST!!
Olivia Bechstein
Ellie Benge
Libby Benge
Matt Benge
Karly Bernhard
Ben Ellstrom
Hannah Harvard
Tanner Howland
Connor Kaplan
Kylie Moser
Alyssa Reinholz
Jillian Scott
Jorie Selig
Jessica Spahn
Meg Sparacino
Mike Tegler
Claire Venard
Beth Vetter

33 Express swimmers came together this past weekend to accomplish some pretty impressive swims ....
* 92 Season Best Times - Matt Benge swam all 9 swims in best times! Meg Sparacino swam all 7 swims faster!
* 59 times Express swimmers were recognized on the podium!
* 2 Regional Champs!! Olivia Bechstein in the 200 Free and Jorie Seling in the 50 Breast
* 15 NEW STATE CUTS!! Kylie Moser (500 FR, 200 IM, 100 FR, 100 IM), Libby Benge (100 FY, 100 BR, 50 FY), Meg Sparacino (100 FY, 50 Fy, 100 FR), Olivia Bechstein (200 FR), Matt Benge (1000 FR), Mike Cortesio (200 FY), Erica Hagen (200 BR), & Jorie Selig (50 BR)
Congratulations to ALL EXPRESS REGIONAL SWIMMERS on an OUTSTANDING MEET!! Results are here .. Link

• Chicagoland A Conference and TIME TRIAL result files and back-up files are here ... Link

• "Fast One" Complete Meet Results (PDF) Link

• "Fast One" Complete Meet Results file for visiting teams .. Link

• "Fast One" Meet Back-up file for visiting teams.. Link

• February "Fast One" Volunteer Worker Sign-up to open on Friday, January 25th.... Link

• Winter Classic Meet Results
Complete results - PDF file Link

• Winter Classis Meet Results
TM Results File for participating teams Link

• Winter Classic Meet Results
MM Meet Back-up File for participating teams Link

Congratulations, Gabby on a super fast 49.57 in the 100 Freestyle! (2nd fastest time in the history of Illinois HS swimming!) Gabby also finished 2nd in the 100 Back with another super fast time of 54.02!
*DGN 400 FR Relay (4th)- Maddy Sims, Emily Albrecht, Hannah Kaufmann, Gabby Sims
*DGN MED Relay (5th)- Gabby Sims, Gabbie Serniute, Daria Wick, Emily Albrecht
*DGN 200 Relay (13th)-Serniute, Wick, Kaufmann, Albrecht
*Emily Albrecht (DGN)-50 FR(11th)
*Maddy Sims (DGN)100 FY(15th), 200 IM(19th)
*Erin Stevens(NCHS) 200 MED Relay (7th), 200 FR Relay(7th), 50 Free(20th)
*Kate Joyce (Benet) 200 MED Relay (17th), 200 FR(20th), 100 FY(22nd), 400 FR Relay (26th)
*Daria Wick (DGN) 100 FY(26th), 200 FR (41st)
*Elaina Ricci (Rosary)- 200 FR Relay (27th)
*Gabbie Serniute (DGN) 100 BR (43rd), 50 FR(47th)

• GOOD LUCK AT STATE !!!! Congratulations on outstanding Sectional Meets to all!!
State Qualifiers:
Emily Albrecht (DGN), Kate Joyce (Benet), Hannah Kaufmann (DGN), Elaina Ricci (Rosary), Gabby Sims (DGN), Maddy Sims (DGN), Gabbie Serniute (DGN), Erin Stevens (NCHS), Daria Wick (DGN). We are proud of you .. we know you will do well!!
DGN - Sectional Team Champions!! 5 York HS Pool Records!! Seven 1st Place finishes!! 15 Medalists!! Sectional Coach of the Year - Judy Busse!!

Emily Albrecht (DGN), Ellie Arand (DGN), Amanda Bila (DGN), Emma Braun (DGS), Natalie Costello (DGN), Tori Frank (Hins. So.), Erica Hagen (Lisle), Kate Joyce (Benet), Hannah Kaufmann (DGN), Chloe Lapen (DGS), Sydney Lydon (DGS), Elaina Ricci (Rosary). Claire Schoenberger (DGN), Gabby Sims (DGN), Maddy Sims (DGN), Gabbie Serniute (DGN), Erin Stevens (NCHS), Maura Towey (DGN), Daria Wick (DGN). Jane Woywod (DGS).

• Trick-or-Treat Meet Results (PDF) Link

The following swimmers will represent Express on TEAM ILLINOIS as they comptete in the Central Zone Swim meet to be held in Wisconsin next weekend...
+Emily Albrecht
+Ellie Benge
+Michael Tegeler
+Melissa Troy
+Beth Vetter
Special Congrats to Zone Coach Wes Ebanks! Go TEAM ILLINOIS! Good Luck!! We are proud of you!! Link

The meet has been a GREAT one for Express ... one session to go!! Details will be posted soon .. Congratulations Express Swimmers!! Link

• Congratulations Gabby Sims on your 8th place finish in the 100 Fly at Sectionals!!
Congrats to all on a great meet ...Kate Joyce, Gabbie Serniute, Maddy Sims, Gabby Sims & Daria Wick Link

52 Medalists!!
New State Cuts!!
Emily Albrecht, Ellie Benge,Alyssa Reinhoz, Melissa Troy, & Beth Vetter.
On the Podium ...Emily Albrecht, Olivia Bechstein, Ani Benge, Ellie Benge, Matt Benge, Mike Cortesio, Ben Ellstrom, Tori Frank, Erica Hagen, Hannah Harvard, Connor Kaplan, Sydney Lydon, Kylie Moser, Alyssa Reinholz, Melissa Troy & Beth Vetter.
Best Times ...
Natalie Costello, Emmet Elisha, Cam Frank, Michael Galvan, Tanner Howland, Gabbie Muzykansky, & Justin Smusz. CONGRATULATIONS!! Link

• Contratulations Gabbie Serniute on your 3rd Place Finish in the 100 meter Freestyle at Senior Champs!!!
New Sectional Cuts: Kate Joyce in the 200 Fly -- Yippee!! Gabbie Serniute in the 50 Free -- Smokin' Fast!!and Maddy Sims in the 100 Back --Lightening Fast!
Great Job, Senior Champ Team:
Emily Albrecht, Kate Joyce, Hannah Kaufmann, Elaina Ricci, Gabbie Serniute, Gabby Sims, Maddy Sims, Daria Wick. Link

• AGE GROUP STATE - JO's (Junior Olympics)
Final Entry here ... Link

• Good Luck at Olympic Trials - Haley Sims & Adrienne Bicek
We are so proud of you!! Go Express!!

Season's Best Long Course Times Listing here (updated 5/28/12).. Link

• GREAT JOB AT AGE GROUP STATE CHAMPS!!! Bob Bonanno finishes in 3rd & 5th in the 50 & 100 Free !! Daria Wick get NCSA Junior Cut & Bonus in the 100 & 200 Fly !!! Congratulations to all swimmers on a great meet! Detailed recap is here ... Link

Gabby Swims wins TWO events - 100 Backstroke & 50 Free!!! Congratulations to all ... Detailed recap is here Link

• CONGRATULATIONS on an Outstanding Regional Swim Meet!!!
***15 NEW State Cuts!!
***Over 60 Swimmers on the Podium to receive Medals!!
Congratulstions to All .. Detailed Recap is here .. Link

Season Best Times Listing is here. Updated 3.13.12 Link

• We would like to welcome to Express, USA Swimming Master Coach Ed Spencer! Ed will be visiting us Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Nov 21-23. He is here to meet our coaches, swimmers, and parents to give us an outside perspective and suggest ways to improve our program! This is an amazing opportunity and we're honored to be chosen for this prestigious program! Be sure you're at practice next week, you won't want to miss him!

• CONGRATULATIONS EXPRESS SWIMMERS on an Outstanding High School State Meet!!
*GABBY SIMS (DGN) - **STATE CHAMPION** 100 Backstroke!!Also, 8th-100 Butterfly
*MADDY SIMS (DGN) - 5th-200 Free; 12th-100 Butterfly
*DGN 400 Free Relay - 4th - Gabriele Serniute, Maddy Sims, Hannah Kaufmann, Gabby Sims
*DGN 200 Free Relay - 6th - Emily Albrecht, Maddy Sims, Gabriele Serniute, Gabby Sims
*ERIN STEVENS (NCHS) - 12th-200 Free Relay; 13th-Medley Relay; 20th-400 Free Relay
*GABRIELE SERNIUTE (DGN) - 34th-50 Free; 44th-100 Free
*EMILY ALBRECHT (DGN) - 38th-50 Free

• SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to Kim Mozdzierz-Frank!!
Kim is one of only two Illinois Swimming officials selected to particpate in a National level USA Swimming Officials Training seminar. The seminar will take place this weekend in Dallas, Texas. Congratulations and Thank-you, Kim for all that you do for Express and Illinois Swimming!!

• NEWS FLASH !!!!!!
Congratulations to Gabby Sims who has just been named to the NCSA All-American roster and will represent the USA in competiton in Osaka, Japan, September 20-26th. Congratulations, Gabby on your first International Competition - we are sooooo proud of you!!

• Central Zones and Junior Nationals - next competitions for Express Swimmers
*Contratulations and Good Luck to the following Express swimmers set to compete this weekend in INDY at Zones:
Connor Kaplan, Alyssa Reinholz, Daria Wick and Gabriele Serniute. Special Congratulations to Coach Wes Ebanks who has been selected to coach the 11-12's at this All-Star TEAM ILLINOIS meet!!
*GABBY SIMS will be competing in Palo Alto, CA at the upcoming Junior National Championship meet. Good Luck, GABBY!!!

Alyssa Reinholz swam to two medal-awarding finishes this past weekend at the Age Group state meet placing 5th in the 50 Free and 7th in the 100 Back. Congratulations Alyssa!!
Scoring points for Express:
Connor Kaplan-10th-100 Free; 13th-100 Fly; 16th-50 Fly
Gabriele Serniute-11th-200 Free; 11th-50 Free; 15th-100 Fly
Daria Wick-11th-100 Fly; 15th-200 Fly
400 Free Relay-7th - Serniute, Ricci, Hagan, Wick
800 Free Relay-13th - Wick, Ricci, Hagan, Serniute
+Ellie Benge
+Matt Benge
+Mike Cortesio
+Erica Hagen
+Connor Kaplan
+Carrie Lake
+Kylie Moser
+Gabbie Muzykansky
+Alyssa Reinholz
+Elaina Ricci
+Gabriele Serniute
+Mike Tegeler
+Melissa Troy
+Daria Wick
Congratulations on a 33rd place team finish! Link

Congratulations to All-
Elaina Ricci-1st-100 Breast, 200 Free & 100 Free (also State Cuts!!); 2nd-200 Breast; 5th-200 IM
Mike Tegeler-1st-400 IM; 2nd-500 Free; 3rd-100 Back; 4th-100 Fly; 6th-1-- Free & 200 IM
Matt Benge-1st-100 Fly; 2nd-50 Fly;4th-100 Free; 5th-50 Free & 200 Free
Charlie Kaufmann-1st-50 Fly & 100 Free; 2nd-50 Free; 2rd-100 Fly; 4th-200 Free; 7th-50 Back
Mike Cortesio-2nd-400 IM; 7th-100 Back;
Daria Wick-3rd-200 Back; 6th-50 Free & 200 Free
Maura Towey-4th-500 Free; 6th-200 Back & 200 Free; 8th-100 Free
Steph Selvage-5th-100 Back; 7th-50 Free
Sydney Lydon-5th-400 IM;
Tori Frank-6th-1000 Free; 7th-500 Free
Ellie Benge-6th-500 Free
Jen Gockman-6th-500 Free;
Erica Hagen-6th-500 Free
Connor Kaplan-7th-50 Back
Claire Schoenberger-8th-100 Breast
Alyssa Reinholz-8th-50 Breast
Full Results here .. Link

• STATE CHAMPS!! Congratulations to the 400 Free Relay team of Maddy Sims, Hannah Kaufman, Gabriele Serniute, & Gabby Sims on their first place finish at the Senior Champ Meetbr Loads of season best times ... Regional Cuts .. and State Cuts at the St. Charles meet All that hard work is truly paying offQ!!

Congratulations to Bill Vetter and Kim Mozdzierz-Frank on receiving their N2 - National Certification in both Stroke & Turn and Chief Judge!! N2 certification is the first National level cerrification for a position and recognizes that an official has been evaluated and is experienced and capable of working the position at Sectional, Zone, Grand Prix and similar higher profile meets.
Thank you for your time and commitment to both Express and the sport of swimming ... your are both Rock Stars, for sure!!!

National Team and National Youth Team Coaches Clinic held at the Olympic Training Center - Colorado Springs:
-Greg Busse

Illinois Senior Elite Meet held at the Olympic Training Center - Colorado Springs:
-Haley Sims
-Gabby Sims
-Maddy Sims
-Judy Busse

Illinois Junior Elite Camp:
-Michael Tegeler
-Wes Ebanks
Congratulations to all Express Swimmers and Coaches on your selection!!

Express Women finished in a tie (with Academy) for 13th place ... The highest womens finish for Illinois!! HALEY SIMS & GABBY SIMS have podium swims!! Congratulations on an OUTSTANDING meet! Recap is here ... Link

Congratulations to MIKE TEGELER and ALYSSA REINHOLZ on their medal performances at State! We are proud of you! Congratulations to all swimmers on a GREAT meet!! Team recap is here .. Link

Wonem finish in 5th Place ... Express finishes in 7th place for Combined Team!! HALEY SIMS - DOUBLE STATE CHAMP!! ..GABBY SIMS - Quadruple Medalist!! Congratulations to all! Recap is here .. Link

Congratulations to all Regional swimmers on an outstanding meet! Great swims!! ... State Cuts!! ... On the Podiium!! We are proud of you!! Recap is here .. Link

Check the link for the ranking of all season-best times. Also included are the Motivational Time Standards; Regional and State Qualifying times; and Express Team Records. 3/20 Link

• CONGRATULATIONS COACH GREG AND MEGHAN on the birth of LUCILLE LEIGH BUSSE!!! Lucy is beautiful and absolutely perfect! She was born late in the afternoon, 4:00 PM, on Monday, December 27th and weighs 7 pounds, 5 ounces... 21 inches long. All are doing well.

• ALL-STATE RECOGNITION - Illinois HS Swimming Association announced their All-State Award winners at their banquet this week.
+Congratulations Haley Sims!! - Senior Swimmer of the Year!
First Team All State:
+Medley Relay - Gabby Sims, Allison Soper, Haley Sims, Maddy Sims
+Haley Sims - 200 IM and 100 Butterfly
+Gabby Sims - 100 Free and 100 Back
+400 Free Relay - Gabby Sims, Jen Gockman, Maddy Sims, Haley Sims
+Sectional Coach of the Year - Judy Busse
+Illinois Coach of the Year - Judy Busse
Congratulations to Express swimers on an outstanding high school season.

*DGN - Medley Relay - STATE CHAMPS & STATE RECORD! Gabby Sims, Allison Soper, Haley Sims, Maddy Sims (3:44.15)
*DGN - Haley Sims - STATE CHAMP - 200 IM (2:01.27)
*DGN - Haley Sims - STATE CHAMP - 100 Butterfly (53.83p, 54.68f)
*DGN - Gabby Sims - 2nd Place - 100 Free (51.09)
*DGN - Gabby Sims - 2nd Place - 100 Backstroke (55.82)
*DGN - 400 Free Relay - 3rd Place - Haley Sims, Jen Gockman, Maddy Sims, Gabby Sims (3:29.77)
*Benet - 400 Free Relay - Maddi Webb - 13th
*Benet - Taylor Lifka - Medley Relay - 14th
*DGN - Maddy Sims - 500 Free - 16th (5:03.80)
*Benet - 200 Free Relay - Taylor Lifka, Maddi Webb - 16th
*DGN - Allison Soper - 100 Breast - 17th - (1:07.12)
*DGN - Maddy Sims - 200 IM - 17th - (2:08.69)
*Benet - Maddi Webb - 200 Free - 19th (1:54.80)
*Benet - Maddi Webb - 100 Free - 19th - (53.33)
*DGN - 200 Free Relay - 25th - Jen Gockman, Allison Soper, Hannah Kaufmann, Marie Sandacz (1:40.53)
*Glenbard W - Katie Roeing - 100 Back (1:00.58)
*Benet - Taylor Lifka - 100 Butterfly - 35th (59.65)

Haley Sims is named Illinois Swimming's FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR!!
This is the highest award given to any Illinois athlete by Illinois Swimming. Haley had the highest FINA point total of ANY female Illinois swimmer! FINA points are calculated based on times performed in all events. Congratulations, Haley ... we are proud of you!!

• Have a GREAT year ... Express Class of 2010!!
Elliott Bachelder- Miami of Ohio**
Alex Barylowicz-Loyola Univ.
Lisa Boyce- Princeton**
Emma Buckley- Notre Dame
David Conrad
Cat Cortesio-Naval Academy**
Zach Heilman-Monmouth College**
Caitlin Landry-Univ. of Illinois
Jake Mueller- Coast Guard Academy**
John Nelson- Univ. of Illinois
Uttam Rajan- Univ. of Illinois
Jada Smith- Eastern Illinois Univ.**
Kate Smith- Hillsdale College**
Alexis Spivak-Univ. of Missouri**
Amanda Take-Luther College**
Ellen Wiese-Grand Valley State**
Emily Wilkinson-Univ. of Illinois**
**Swimming in College

Haley Sims has been named to the Junior Pan Pacific Team!! Haley will be competing Aug 26-29th in Maui, Hawaii. This event features the top National Youth Teams from the Pacific Rim including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zeland, South America, Hong Kong, Japan and others. Twenty men and twenty women have been selected to represent the USA in this competition. Congratulations, Haley .. Good Luck! We are very proud of you!!

• National Meet Results .. Congratulations, Adrienne, Haley and Lisa on your outstanding performances at Nationals!!
Conoco-Phillips National Championships - Irvine, CA
*Adrienne Bicek: 200 Fly-17th, 400 Free-48th, 100 Fly-64th, 400 IM-73rd

Junior National Championships - Irvine, CA
*Haley Sims: 100 Fly-2nd, 50 Free-8th, 200 IM-22nd, 200 Fly-36th, 100 Free-37th, 200 Free-48th
*Lisa Boyce: 100 Free-8th, 200 Free-16th, 100 Back-50th, 50 Free-54th, 100 Fly-61st, 200 Back-134th

• Express Swimmers represent Illinois at Central Zone Championships!!
Congratulations to Ellie Benge, Kierston Farley-Sepe, Kate Joyce, Mike Tegeler and Daria Wick on an outstanding meet!!
*Kierston Farley-Sepe: 200 Free-1st, 200 IM-2nd, 50 Fly-3rd, 100 Fly-3rd, 50 Free-4th, 50 Back-7th Link

• Age Group State Championship -
Great Job Express Swimmers!!
*Ellie Benge: 100 FY-5th
*Kierston Farley-Sepe: 50 Fly-1st; 100 Fly-2nd; 50 Free-3rd, 50 Back-3rd, 200 IM-3rd
*Frank Errichiello: 100 Back-16th
*Kate Joyce: 200 Back-13th, 100 Back-14th
*Gabby Sims: 50 Free-1st, 100 Free-1st, 100 Fly-1st, 200 Free-2nd, 100 Back-2nd, 200 Fly-2nd
*Maddy Sims: 200 Free-1st, 400 Free-1st, 200 Fly-1st, 200 IM-2nd, 400 IM-2nd, 100 Free-4th
*Mike Tegeler: 200 Free-13th, 100 Free-15th, 50 Free-16th
Relays: 13-14 Girls
400 Medley (Joyce, Arand, Sims, Sims)-4th
800 Free Relay (Sims, Joyce, Daria Wick, Sims)-5th
400 Free Relay (Sims, Wick, Joyce, Sims)-7th

• Congratulations Senior Swimmers !!
Express Women finish in 1st Place at the Illinois Senior State Meet!! Combined Men & Women - 2nd Place!!Women set a STATE RECORD in the 400 Free Relay!
*Elliott Bachelder: 200 Fly-15th
*Adrienne Bicek: 400 Free-1st, 800 Free-1st, 200 Fly-1st, 400 IM-1st, 200 Free-2nd, 200 IM-2nd
*Lisa Boyce: 100 Free-2nd, 200 Free-4th, 100 Back-6th, 50 Free-9th, 200 Back-9th
*Peter Errichiello: 100 Back-10th
*Vince Errichiello: 400 IM-4th, 200 IM-8th, 100 Back-9th, 200 Back-11th, 100 Fly-15th
*Mike Reed: 50 Free-4th, 100 Free-11th, 100 Breast-11th
Gabby Sims-50 Free-6th
*Haley Sims: 100 Fly-2nd, 200 Fly-3rd, 200 IM-3rd, 100 Free-4th, 100 Back-9th, 200 Free-10th
*Maddy Sims-400 IM-5th
*Alexis Spivak: 100 Fly-14th, 200 Free-16th
*Emily Wilkinson: 400 IM-7th, 200 Fly-14th, 100 Fly-15th
Relays: Womens: 800 Free-1st, 400 Medley-1st, 400 Free-1st (State Record: Bicek, Boyce, G. Sims, H. Sims)
Mens: 400 Medley-5th, 400 Free-8th

• HALEY SIMS IS GOING TO IRELAND!! At the recent NCSA Junior National Swim Meet, Haley qualifited to represent the United States at the Irish National Swim Meet. Haley was named to the NCSA All-Star Team based on her performance in the 100 Butterfly. The long course meet will take place April 29-May 2 in Dublin, Ireland. GREAT JOB, HALEY!

• CONGRATULATIONS MADDY SIMS!! Maddy will be one of only 3 Illinois 12 and 13 year old girls to participate in the upcoming CENTRAL ZONE SELECT CAMP! The camp will be held at Miami University in Oxford, OH on May 27-30. Maddy qualified based on her outstanding performance in the 200 Butterfly. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU, MADDY!

Congratulations Express swimmers on a fantastic meet! The Girls finished in 8th Place! Combined Scoring - Express Finished in 18th! Way to Go!! Here's the recap .. Link

• Congratulations Senior Champ Swimmers!!
What a GREAT MEET! Express finished in 7th Place in the Combined Scoring and the Girls finished in 3rd Place. Special Congratulations to 100 Butterfly State Champion Haley Sims!! Check-out the results here .. Link

• Express Swimmers have a GREAT Regional Meet!!!
31 Swimmers...
141 Swims...
37 Medals!!
Woo-Hoo!! Congratulations to all and Good Luck at State!

• Congratulations Express swimmers on an Outstanding High School State Meet!!!
*Mike Reed - DGN - 6th - 50 Free; 12th - 100 Free
*Vince Errichiello - DGS - 9th - 200 IM; 14th Backstroke
*Elliott Bachelder - Benet - 21st- 100 Butterfly
*Jake Mueller - DGS - 29th - 100 Butterfly
*Alex Barylowicz - DGN- 36th - 100 Breast
*DGS- 200 Free Relay- 16th - V. Errichiello, Jake Mueller
*DGN-200 Free Relay - 17th - Alex Matuzewich, Umesh Rajan, Mike Reed
*DGN-200 Medley Relay - 23rd - Mike Reed
*Benet - 200 Medley Relay - 30th-Elliott Bachelder
DGN - 21st - 11 points
DGS - 22nd - 10 points

Just a few reminders regarding participation in Championship meets (Regionals, State and Beyond!!) .. Our contract with Speedo requires that ALL of our athletes are outfitted in Speedo gear when competing or on the Award stand. This means team suits or legal Speedo Tech suits-only and Express/Speedo-logo caps. Deck-wear - Express/Speedo-logo team shirts and Team warm-ups for the award stand. We have a short time to make sure all Express swimmers competing are "good-to-go". Check-out the Swimmers Edge link for team discounts if you need to order or replace Express-Wear.

• Congratulations Express Swimmers on a fantastic High School State Meet!!
*Haley Sims - DGN - 2nd - 200 Free; 2nd - 100 Fly
*Alexis Spivak - DGS - 5th - 100 Fly
*Cat Cortesio - Benet - 12th - 100 Fly
*DGN Medley Relay - 10th - Emily Wilkinson, Kate Smith, Haley Sims & Emma Buckley.
Congratulations on an outstanding season!!

• NEWS FLASH!! ...ADRIENNE BICEK named Illinois Swimming's 2009 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR!! This top honor goes to the best finish of any Illinois swimmer at the highest level National meet. Adrienne finished in 7th place at the World Championship Trials.
Special Congratulations to Express Swimmers Peter Errichiello, Vince Errichiello, Haley Sims and Alexis Spivak for recognition as Illinois' Top Swimmers in their respective age groups! Way to go EXPRESS!!

• We have just received word that HALEY SIMS will be added to the Scholastic All-America list due to a snafu error that has been corrected!! CONGRATULATIONS to Express swimmers, Vince Errichiello Adrienne Bicek and Haley Sims, for receiving the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America Award. Recepients must have a 3.5 GPA and have achieved a Junior National Bonus time to be recognized. We are proud of you!!!

• More great news from Washington ... Haley Sims makes it back in the 50 Free and finishes in 24th posting another sub-27 second swm !! THAT'S FAST !!

• News Flash from Junior Nationals in Washington!!
HALEY SIMS qualifies for "BIGS" in the 100 Fly ... and finishes in 8th! Congratulations!!

• Central Zone Results!! - Congratulations Express Swimmers on a GREAT meet:
*Cat Cortesio: 100 Fly-1st; 100 Fly-2nd; 50 Free-2nd; 100 Free-2nd; 400 Free-5th;
*Vince Errichiello: 100 Back-3rd; 200 Back-3rd; 200 IM-3rd; 400 IM-3rd; 50 Free-7th
*Peter Errichiello: 100 Back-4th; 100 Breast-11th; 200 Medley Relay-1st

• Day 3 Results from Age Group State:
Peter Errichiello - 9th - 200 BK
Maddy Sims - 5th - 200 Fly
Gabby Sims - 7th - 100 Free, 11th - 200 Fly
400 Free Relay - 12th - Sims, Sims, Jen Gockman, Kate Joyce
Contratulations everyone - Team Finish - 20th Place

• Day 2 at Age Group State ... another GREAT one!!
Elaina Ricci - 8th - 50 Free
Gabby Sims - 7th - 50 Free, 12th - 100 BK
Peter Errichiello - 2nd - 100 Back, 6th - 50 Free
Maddy Sims - 8th - 200 IM, 10th - 400 Free
Taylor Lifka - 10th - 200 BR
400 Medley Relay - 12th - Kate Joyce, Lifka, Sims, Sims

• Age Group State Day 1 recap:
Peter Errichiello - 5th - 200 BR
Maddy Sims - 6th - 200 FR
Gabby Sims - 7th - 300 FR, 8th - 100 Fly
Elaina Ricci - 12th - 200 Free
800 Free Relay - 7th - Sims, Taylor Lifka, Kate Joyce, Sims

• Good Luck at Age Group State!!
Peter Errichiello, Jen Gockman, Kate Joyce, Courtney Kaminski, Taylor Lifka, Riley McDaniel, Elaina Ricci, Gabby Sims, Maddy Sims, Gabrielle Veselik and Daria Wick. We know you will do well! Go Express!!

• RYAN DOWNEY MEDALS AT SPEEDO CHAMPIONSHIPS!! Congratulations, Ryan, on your two 5th place finishes in the 800 and 1500 Free!! The Sectional Team of Emma Buckley, Cat Cortesio, Downey, Vince Errichiello, Morgan Piasecki, Mike Reed, Colleen Webb and Emily Wilkinson had a GREAT MEET!! Ryan also picked up his Junior National cut in the 800 Free and will join HALEY SIMS and ALEXIS SPIVAK in Federal Way, Washington at the Junior National Championships in mid-August. Good Luck - GO EXPRESS!! Link

• EXPRESS WOMEN ARE SENIOR STATE CHAMPIONS!!! Team finishes in 3rd in Combined Men/Women scores for the long course meet!!! Congratuations to all particapants - it was a total team effort!!!

• ADRIENNE BICEK PLACES 7th AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS!!! Adrienne closes out her Express Swim Team career with a fantastic 7th place finish in the 200 Butterfly. Thank You Adriennne for positively representing Express on the National and International sceenes. We know you will do fantatic things at the University of Georgia. We are proud of you. Good Luck ... Go Dawgs!!

• REGIONAL RECAP ... By the numbers ... 36 athletes .. 159 swims .. 115 season best times .. 80 medals .. 19 state cuts by 10 different swimmers. OUTSTANDING JOB! Congratulations to all!!

• BICEK WINS THE BRONZE!! In the first day of competition at the Junior Pan Pacs in Guam, Adrienne Bicek swims to a bronze medal in the 200 Meter Butterfly ... her first international competition medal!! Check out the pictures in the SwimCam ... Link

• Good Luck Adrienne Bicek!! Adrienne will be representing the USA as she competes in the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Guam. We are PROUD of you!!

• CONTRATULATIONS ADRIENNE BICEK !!! Results from the Short Course National Meet in Atlanta ...
200 IM - 18th Place - 2:00.61
100 Fly - 18th Place - 54.51
200 Fly - 4th Place - 1:56.99
We are PROUD of you!!

• Congratulations to the following EXPRESS swimmers who were recognized at the Illinois Swimming Award Banquet ... to Adrienne Bicek who received the Breakthrough Female Swimmer of the Year Award!! .. Top Times Recognition: Adrienne Bicek, Ryan Downey, Peter Errichiello, Vince Errichiello, Gabby Sims, Haley Sims and Maddy Sims. We are proud of you!!

• Congratulations Express Senior Champ Team!! First Place for the Women and Third Place Overall! Way to go team!
Results: Link

• Speedo Sectional Recap: Haley Sims swam to a Junior National Cut in the 100 Fly! Ryan Downey is the High Point for Express - 3rd - 1500, 5th - 800, 10th - 400. Lexi Spivak, Vince Errichiello & Kayla Redig post Excellent Swims.

• Congratulations Adrienne Bicek on an outstanding Olympic Trials meet. Seeded 101st, Adrienne finished in 42nd place in the 200 M Butterfly in a personal best time of 2:15.13. Adrienne also clocked personal best times in both the 100 M Fly and the 400 M IM. Contratulations!

• NEWS FLASH !!!! ADRIENNE BICEK QUALIFIES FOR THE OLYMPIC TRIALS in Omaha ... Congratulations to Adrienne on an OUTSTANDING performance in the 200 Fly capturing her Trial cut with a time of 2:16.46. WE ARE SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!! Press Release Link

The Express Swim Team offers an exciting, comprehensive competitive swimming opportunity for novice through accomplished swimmers ages 5 -18. The EXPRESS Swim Team is dedicated to helping all swimmers reach their potential by offering a training environment designed to teach and develop strong swimming skills; improve overall athleticism through dryland training; and experience success through competition. Of course, there is always time for fun !!

Our team is an independent USA Swimming team and offers a progressive multi-level program to meet the individual ability and commitment levels of our athletes. Younger swimmers will focus on developing sound training habits and improving their swimming technique and stroke mechanics. The more experienced and senior swimmers also focus on improving technique as well as increasing athleticism so they may ultimately achieve state and national time standards. Of course, every Express swimmer needs to learn how to race to experience success in competitive situations. This is a competitive program and meet participation is an expectation for all Express swimmers. 

Team Records Short Course
updated June 2011
Long Course