New Berlin Eisenhower edges crosstown West swimmers
Lack of Vikings divers makes the difference
New Berlin Eisenhower nipped the Vikings, 95-91, at New Berlin West, but Lions coach Jenny Moeller had some classy comments on her crosstown rival.
"New Berlin West swam very well," Moeller said. "They are a much improved squad from last year. It was fun to watch them race. We won the meet, but they actually out-swam us.
"Without the divers, our varsity would have lost. Our divers have been working very hard and have been improving. We're so grateful to have them and coach Amy Moeller (no relation)."
The Lions divers finished 1-2-3 in diving behind Katie Zimmermann, Miranda Sullivan and Hannah Kaminski, respectively.
Shayna Putney won the 500-yard freestyle in 5 minutes, 25.77 seconds.
"Shayna did an amazing job," Moeller said. "A full 10 seconds faster than her fastest time from last season. I can't wait to continue to watch her further her confidence in that event."
Nicole Bellford finished second to Maddie Tew in the 100 butterfly (1:02.60).
"Although Nicole finished second, she swam her fastest 100 fly of the season and then went into the 500 free to swim only three seconds off her best time from last season," Moeller said.
"Sophie Carson and Ali Lodermeier saw the fruits of their efforts this week. Carson going a lifetime best in the 50 free, 100 free, and Lodermeier in the 500 free and 100 fly. Even as the points in the middle of the meet had us down, those individual victories kept us going."
Paige Carter won the 200 IM (2:20.39) and the 100 free (55.55) and other winners were Allie Schroeder in the 100 backstroke (1:07.18), Sammy Kozlowski in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.22) and the 400 free relay (3:52.47) of Bellford, Putney, Kozlowski and Carter.
West coach Ryan Heft was proud of the Vikings, noting like Moeller did that the 11 points the diving team had made the difference in the meet.
Heft then went through his team's highlights.
Two relay teams won — Tew, Rayna Matthews, Emily Szydlowski and Kayla Ramussen in the 200 medley (2:01.32) and the 200 free relay behind Rasmussen, Szydlowski, Abby Jaquish, and Tew (1:47.03).
Tew was a double winner in the 200 free (1:55.43) and the 100 fly (1:00.64) and Ramussen took first in the 50 free (26.62).
The Lions also defeated the West JV swimmers, 101-74.
Ike fourth at Cedarburg
The Lions took fourth at Cedarburg on Saturday out of nine teams, 1.5 points out of third behind Racine Case.
Cedarburg won and Grafton took second.
The Lions top-eight finishers:
Kozlowski took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.64) and Carter and Putney went 2-3 in the 200 free (2:01.07, 2:02.09 respectively).
The 400 free relay team of Bellford, Kozlowski, Putney, and Carter took third 3:48.60.
Bellford took third in the 100 free (56.56) and Carter and Putney went 3-5 in the 500 free (5:22.74, 5:25.85) and the 200 free relay team of Carter, Steffi Durley, Putney and Bellford took third (1:47.06).
Bellford took sixth in the 100 fly (1:03.26) and Kozlowski took sixth in the 100 free (58.12).
Schroeder took seventh in the 100 back (1:06.42) and Jenny Anderson took seventh in the breast (1:16.27).
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