Saturday, August 4, 2012
Lake Forest High School graduate finishes 18th among 40 competitors in Olympic pole vault.
Lake Forest’s Jillian Schwartz failed in her attempt to qualify for the finals of the pole vault at the London Olympics Saturday. Schwartz, who was competing for the Israeli team thanks to her dual citizenship, missed three times at the 4.50 meter mark and was eliminated. She finished 18th overall of the 40 competitors but needed to be in the top 12 to advance to Sunday’s finals. Earlier: North Suburban Olympian's Journey Twists and Turns Schwartz, who graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1997, got off to a good start. She easily eclipsed the bar at the starting height of 4.10 meters (13.45 feet). Schwartz then struggled at the next mark of 4.25 meters (13.94 feet). The 32-year old failed on her first two attempts there, but then …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Lake Forest High School graduate tries to win medal for Israel.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Patch will have the results when Matt Grevers, Jillian Schwartz, Conor Dwyer and Christina Loukas compete.
Friday, July 27, 2012
See Lake Forest High School graduate Jillian Schwartz's schedule and how to see her on TV.
Lake Forest’s Jillian Schwartz will be competing for the Israeli team in the 2012 London Olympics in track and field. Schwartz, who competed for the United States in the pole vault in 2004, will have her competition begin August 4, with the finals August 6. On August 4, Schwartz will compete in the preliminary round with competition beginning at 10:20 a.m. London time or 4:20 a.m. here. Schwartz will have a preliminary jump and then will attempt to successfully complete the next qualifying height. She will continue at each height, unless she misses three times at a height and then is eliminated. Should Schwartz be one of the top 12 competitors during the qualifying round, she will move into the finals on August 6 at 7 p.m. in London time …
Patch has compiled a full schedule for Jillian Schwartz, Christina Loukas, Matt Grevers and Conor Dwyer.
Four local athletes begin their quest for Olympic gold when the 2012 London Olympic Games start at 1:30 p.m. today (London Time) with the opening ceremonies. American swimmers Matt Grevers of Lake Forest and Conor Dwyer of Winnetka start racing Saturday while Deerfield High School graduate and Riverwoods native Christina Loukas will wait until August 3. Lake Forest High School graduate and Israeli team member, Jillian Schwartz, starts competing in the pole vault August 4. Though only some of their performances will be on national television, every jump, dive and swim can be seen live by computer streaming through Comcast or other Internet providers. Patch has compiled a schedule for all four athletes. Just click on their name below to see …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Jillian Schwartz's trip to compete in Israel brings the former Lake Forest High School athlete a cultural realization.
Jillian Schwartz’s return to the Olympic Games Friday as a member of the Israeli team after competing for the United States in 2004 is a highlight of an unlikely journey. The 1997 Lake Forest High School alumna focused on being a professional athlete when she graduated from Duke University in 2001 knowing the Olympics was a part of that career. When she finished fourth in the 2008 U.S. trials barely missing a trip to Beijing, it was time to reflect. Earlier: North Suburban Olympian’s Journey Twists and Turns “I took five months off (after the 2008 trials) but I knew that wasn’t the end,” Schwartz said. “I still wanted to be out there competing.” As she returned to pole vaulting, she got an invitation that changed the course of her life. “…
Monday, July 23, 2012
For Lake Forest’s Jillian Schwartz, the London Olympics are her second, this time as an Israeli.
The 1997 Lake Forest High School Yearbook named Jillian Schwartz most likely to go to the Olympics. The editors of that publication were accurate prognosticators about this Wall of Fame Scout but few could have forecasted the 15-year journey that took her from the North Shore to her second Olympiad opening Friday in London. She first competed in Athens in 2004. The former two-sport—gymnastics and track—all state Lake Forest athlete chose track at Duke University and became a pole vaulter, a sport barred to women until 2000 so she could not have done that in high school. Schwartz competed in the 2004 Olympics as an American and returns to the games eight years later as a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, competing for the …