New Berlin Eisenhower, West girls swimmers impressive
Squad takes third, fourth places at Woodland meet
Shorewood (342 points) and Wauwatosa West (267) were the top two teams in the Woodland Conference Relays on Sept. 25 at Greenfield, but New Berlin Eisenhower (264) and New Berlin West (262) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Eisenhower girls had four second-place finishes among their top-3 highlights.
The 800 freestyle finished second in 8 minutes, 46.75 seconds behind Allie Schroeder, Caitlyn Marr, Shayna Putney and Paige Carter.
The 300 butterfly relay of Sarah Starsiak, Steffi Durley, Riley Rossbach and Nicole Bellord (3:18.65) and the 400 medley relay (4:22.72) behind Schroeder, Jenny Anderson, Bellford and Sammy Kozlowski each finished second.
The final runnerup performance was the 400 free relay that took second (3:54.33) behind Putney, Isabelle Seifert, Bellford and Carter.
The 1-meter diving team grabbed 226.45 to finish second among the three teams that entered the event. Katie Zettel, Katie Zimmerman, Miranda Sullivan made up the team.
The 300 breaststroke relay took third (3:49.59) behind Ali Lodermeir, Anderson, Nikki McDermott and Kozlowski.
"Nicole Bellford really stepped it up tonight in the 300 fly relay," Ike coach Jenny Moeller said. "It is amazing to watch her at work when she really wants something.
"Paige Carter and Shayna Putney are always a pleasure to watch. I just love the sense of relief that I have knowing I have the two of them at the end of a relay."
Moeller felt the competition in this meet should make for an interesting race down the stretch.
"It was a very close meet. Tosa and New Berlin West swam well. It should make for some exciting dual meets coming up. Secret weapons like Sammy Kozlowski and Jenny Anderson are going to be key for us to win those duals. Those two girls have been dropping time like crazy. It will be interesting to see how fast they can get."
West nabs fourth
The Vikings finished fourth, but had two first-place finishes.
The 100 free relay finished first (51.30) behind Emily Szydlowski, Kayla Rasmussen, Abby Jaquish and Madison Tew and the 400 free relay finished first (3:53.59) behind Szydlowski, Jaquish, Kali Kaiser and Tew.
"One of the most exciting events of the night was definitely the 100 freestyle relay," West coach Billy Heft said. "The 2012 state qualifier Kayla Rasmussen made her season debut after sustaining a knee injury. Despite the hiccup, she has been training to the fullest each and every practice, which I am confident will lead her to success in the rest of the season."
The 200 medley was second (2:02.86) behind Tew, Kaiser, Szydlowski and Jaquish.
"I'm especially proud of our 200 medley and 400 free relays," Heft said. "Watching Madison Tew and Emily Szydlowski pull ahead and take their relays to the podium is a great feeling.
"Both girls swam some of their best times of the season and will be vital in winning our dual meets within the next few weeks. I'm excited to see how their hard work will pay off as the season progresses."
The other top-3 performances came from the 300 backstroke (3:20:00) behind Callie Wessel, Alyssa Kaiser, Anna Klingbeil and Tew and the 400 medley finished third (4:56.31) behind Sophine Pezze, Abbey Stoltenberg, Klingbeil and Kali Kaiser.
"I was also impressed by our 400 IM relay, which consisted of freshmen and sophomores. I'll be depending more and more on these well-rounded up and coming swimmers, especially anchor Kali Kaiser.
"There were some close races as we were neck and neck with Wauwatosa West and New Berlin Eisenhower all night," Heft said. "All the girls did an excellent job of staying focused on what we've practiced this past week and are improving steadily."
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