Evans Leads Madison Memorial to Wisconsin Girls High School Title

MADISON, WI. MADISON Memorial parlayed a 200 IM-100 fly double by senior Jane Evans for a team title in the Wisconsin state girls' high school championship meet here today.

The meet was held at the Barry Alvarez Natatorium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Madison scored 295 points for the win, with intra-city neighbor Madison West second (267.5) and Arrowhead (254) third.

Evans wasn't the only Double M winner as teammates Jackie Gazvoda (100 back) and Katherine Marshall (100 breast) also raced to individual victories. Evans got a third gold for swimming the third leg of the 200 free relay while Gazvoda and Marshall were on Madison's winning 200 medley relay.

One other doubler was Homestead's Sara Petric, who won the 50-100 frees.

Madison started off its march to victory lane with a 200 MR win (1:47.46, less than a second off the state record 1:46.59 by Madison from a decade ago). Brookfield Central's Katy Lieb (1:53.12) was tops in the 200 free, then Evans got the first of her two wins via a 2:04.22 200 IM clocking — just a half-second slower than Renee Gamboa's state-record 2:03.61 when she swam for Franklin 10 years ago.

Homestead's Petric raced to first in the 50 free (23.87), followed by Evans' second gold (100 fly, 56.53). The state-record here is 54.55 by Brookfield
East's Sarah Wanezek from 1999, and Wanezek is now a member of Coach Jill Sterkel's Big 12 Champion Texas Lady Longhorns' squad.

Petric completed her double splashing to numero uno in the 100 (51.34-51.92) over Brookfield's Lieb. Germantown's Megban Loehndorf won the 500 (5:02.07), then Madison went a quick 1:37.99 for a victory in the 200 free relay, less than a second off their state-record 1:36.60 from two years ago. Marshall, Sara Brown, Evans and anchor Kerri Priest comprised the Double M squad.

Gazvoda won the 100 back (58.79), Marshall the breaststroke (1:05.20) and Homestead took the 400 free relay (3:34.06) with Memorial fourth (3:38.01).

Diving was won by Appleton West's Erin Blemberg (447.90) with Wauwatosa East's Taylor Relich (415.05) second and Kendra Willis (Neenah) third (402.70).

The Wisconsin record in the 100 back is 55.64 by Pam Hanson of La Crosse Central in 1996. Hanson went on to become a stellar member of the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols squad and holds the Volunteer records in the 100-200 dorsal events.

For complete results go to: www.wiaawi.org.

— Bill Bell

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