New Berlin - New Berlin Eisenhower finished fifth and New Berlin West took 12th at Friday's WIAA Girls Division 2 Swimming & Diving Championships.
Eisenhower scored 130 points and West scored 73 and took 12th out of 38 teams at the state meet at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. Shorewood (255) beat out Milton (217) for first in the overall team scores.
"I am ecstatic with how the girls performed at state," West coach Becky Young said. "We only had four girls qualify in four different events but we placed 12th overall - that is a great accomplishment."
Sophomore Tew grabs seconds
Once against New Berlin West sophomore Madison Tew shined on the big stage, as she finished second in both the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 52.83 seconds and in the 100 free (51.97).
"Madison had a great season and the state meet was no different," Young said. "She swam two season-best times and her split in the 200 free relay was a personal best. She has accomplished so much as a sophomore, I am really excited to watch her grow and develop as a swimmer in the years to come."
There were two third-place finishes by local relays.
West's 200 free relay finished third in a school-record 1:39.28 behind sophomore Emily Szydlowski, senior Amber Kazinski, junior Kayla Rasmussen and Tew.
Eisenhower's 400 free relay took third (3:36.60) behind sophomore Nicole Bellford, freshman Shayna Putney, senior Sam Rottel and freshman Paige Carter.
"The 400 freestyle relay has been a favorite of ours all season," Ike coach Jenny Moeller said. "I was surprised when they broke the school record at sectionals.
"They swam faster than I had ever seen them swim. This weekend, they went two seconds faster. It was an unbelievable performance. We will be reliving that relay swim for quite a while."
Others, relays finish strong
Carter was fifth in two events - the 200 free, finishing in 1:56.07, and in the 100 free (53.49). Rottel was fourth in the 100 free (53.37) and ninth in the 50 free in 24.93.
The 200 free relay finished fifth (1:39.96) behind the efforts of Bellford, Putna, Rottel and Carter and Bellford finished eighth in the 100 butterfly (59.86).
"Watching the 200 free relay was surreal," Young said. "The girls have worked so hard this year and to see it all come together for a third-place finish at state was amazing."
There were also two 10th-place performances from Rasmussen in the 50 free (24.97) and Eisenhower junior Steffi Durley in the 100 fly (1:00.28).
"I am really proud of how Kayla has stepped up throughout the season," Young said. "Her goal was to break 25 in the 50 free and she was able to do that at state. She had a great first state meet and I am looking forward to her to continue to improve.
"The state meet was the icing on the cake to finish off this great season. Watching Paige Carter break the school record in the 200 freestyle as the very first swim at state was so exciting. All of the girls swam faster than they had all season. Most swam lifetime best swims."
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