15-year old Illinois swimmer Kendall Pickering and her father Robert D. Pickering, 59, were killed Tuesday when their car left a highway in North Carolina and struck a tree.
Kendall Pickering was a sophomore at Hinsdale Central High School, where in October she broke Pool Records in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM at a high school Sectional meet, one of many regional events that replaced the Illinois High School State Championships.
In 2019, as a freshman, she finished 4th at the Illinois High School State Championship meet in the 100 back.
Police responded to reports of a collision at 6:49 PM on Tuesday evening. The car was travelling southbound on Interstate 85 about 25 miles northeast of Charlotte. The vehicle left the roadway to the right, struck a drainage ditch, and continued down an embankment before hitting a tree. Both Kendall and Robert Pickering died on the scene.
The two were reportedly on a trip to visit colleges.
Kendall Pickering trained with USA Swimming club team FMC Aquatics.
Both Hinsdale Central High School and the school’s athletics department posted about the death on Twitter. Even as just a sophomore, her name appeared in the school’s record books 16 times already.
Red Devils. With a heavy heart we mourn Sophomore Swimmer Kendall Pickering. She will be missed but never forgotten, her name & memory are listed 16 times on our pool record boards. Only a Soph, but she had a huge impression on our school and swim program. Rest in peace Kendall. https://t.co/9OBEc8cKYb
— HCHS Athletic Department (@RedDevilsAD) December 16, 2020