Whitefish Bay girls swim
Paced by another school record from the 200 medley relay team of Foley Van Lieshout, Sarah Olver, Annelise Sprau and Hannah Pasterski, the overachieving Blue Dukes earned seventh in the WIAA State Division 2 meet in Madison on Friday.
"It was like the whole week went," veteran coach Jim Davis said. "They were so calm, so focused on the work, and then when they got to the pool, they just got down to business. I thought they had a chance to make a mark last week and they did."
The medley earned third and clipped close to two seconds off their sectional time with a 1:49.91 clocking as Bay scored 126 points for its spot as Shorewood won the state crown with 255.
Other state medal-winning efforts included Sprau, who was sixth in the 100 butterfly (season best 58.71), and the 400 free relay team of Sabrina Raber, Pasterski, Olver and Sprau, which was fourth (3:39.86).
Three other performances that narrowly missed medals were sevenths from Olver in the 100 breast stroke (1:07.73), Sprau in the 50 free (season best 24.74) and the 200 free relay team of Anna Lauko, Raber, Maggie Colton and Pasterski (two-second season best 1:40.79).
"The 200 free relay was crazy," Davis said. "They moved up from 13th to seventh (based on their sectional time)."
Davis was very happy for Raber, a senior, who qualified for state in an individual race for the first time, and who bettered her time in taking 13th in the 100 free (55.31). He also praised Olver for her effort in the breast stroke and noted that the 400 free relay's time was just great.
"I couldn't have asked for anything better," Davis said. "They swam tough right until the end and worked hard to hold things together. It was phenomenal. I was pleased for everyone."
Seniors on the state team included Sprau, Olver and Raber as the team finished with a solid total of 41 competitors.
Nicolet girls swim
The 200 free relay team of Christa Rumbaugh, Sarah Zelazoski, Gwen Worlton and Jaime Kloehn took more than a half-second off their week-old school record in earning 11th in the WIAA State Division 1 meet in Madison on Saturday.
"It was a pretty good effort all the way around," coach Dwight Davis said. "I was trying to tell them all week that they could try and break 1:40 and that kept them nice and busy."
And the team succeeded with a 1:39.98 clocking.
Rumbaugh had another good meet herself, just missing the school mark in the 50 free, in taking 14th (24.53) and then turning in her second-best time ever in claiming 10th in the 100 free (52.84).
"She wanted a little more," Davis said, "but those were solid performances for her."
Worlton, just a freshman, showed that she will be a force for the future when she took more than a second off her previous best time in earning 17th in the 100 breast stroke (1:08.83). She is now the third-fastest breast stroke in school history and Davis believes that she made the YMCA National meet cut for the event. All told, the Knights scored 22 points, good for 23rd in the D1 field as Waukesha South/Mukwonago repeated as champion with 279.
Davis was very happy with the season as the Knights broke numerous school records. He said the team had a good time in Madison, as about 20 other team members came along to support the state crew.
"It was just hard to move up (in meets this year, because everyone else got tough, too," he said.
The team finished with about 48 swimmers as key seniors included Rumbaugh, Elizabeth Carlton and Elizabeth Meister.
Brown Deer/University School girls swim
Kimberly Roos earned her second state medal in as many years as the junior claimed fifth in the 500 free in the WIAA State Division 2 meet in Madison on Friday.
Roos turned in a time of 5:11.88, which was virtually identical to her sectional time the week before. Shorewood's Ellen Stello won the race in 4:58.34.
Earlier in the meet, the junior Roos turned in a time of 1:59.09 in the 200 free, which was good for ninth. She had been sixth in that race last season.
Those two efforts gave the Falcons 23 points, good for 25th in the D2 field as Shorewood claimed its first title since 2003 with 255 points.
Homestead girls swim
Sophomore Alexandria Petersen broke the Highlanders school record in the 100 breast stroke for the second time in as many weeks with a clocking of 1:05.1, which was good for fifth in the WIAA Division 1 State Meet in Madison on Saturday.
Petersen, who was the only qualifier for the Highlanders, bettered her sectional time by 1.17 seconds as Arrowhead's Lindsay Adamski won in 1:01.98.
Her efforts gave Homestead 14 team points, good for 30th.
- Steven L. Tietz
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