TriCounty Richwoods High School swimmer Andy DeVooght wound up an amazingly successful season by being named the Senior Swimmer of the Year in the state by the Illinois Swimming Association.
During the state high school meet he won both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and was a member of the state championship 400 freestyle relay team and the 200 freestyle relay team that finished third.
Ranked nationally in all four events, he was 10th in the nation in the 100 backstroke, 21st in the 100 butterfly, 15th in the 400 freestyle relay and 25th in the 200 freestyle relay.
In Junior National competition he was second in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 200 backstroke last March and then second in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 200 backstroke last August.
Richwoods High School swimmer Andy DeVooght wound up an amazingly successful season by being named the Senior Swimmer of the Year in the state by the Illinois Swimming Association.
|Mary Ellen Hill-Schupbach|
Hill-Schupbach starred in the area as both a prepster and collegian, first at Princeville High School then at Bradley, as one of the area's top female distance runners. After winning four conference championships in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters at Princeville, Hill-Schupbach claimed 10 Missouri Valley Conference cross country and track individual championships at Bradley from 1996-2000, while also twice earning NCAA Division I All-America honors in the 5,000 meters. In addition to her individual titles at the 1998 and 1999 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships, Hill-Schupbach led the Braves to their first-ever conference crown in any women's sport in school history as co-champions with Drake in 1998. A seven-time Academic All-American, Hill-Schupbach received a prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and was the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Charlotte West Award as the year's top all-around, graduating student-athlete in the Missouri Valley Conference. She also was selected the Illinois NCAA Woman of the Year in 2000.