High School State Championships: Wisconsin Girls Division 2

MADISON, Wisconsin, November 20. IT had been eight long years since the Grafton High School Black Hawks won a championship title at the Wisconsin Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships. They were the runner-up team in 2008, but never reached the top of the standings.

Until this year.

The Black Hawks won in convincing style at the meet held November 15-16 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison with 286 points. DeForest grabbed second with 202 points. Shorewood, last year’s champion, finished this year in third, just ahead of McFarland (188 to 184). Ashwaubenon’s 171 points earned them the fifth spot.

The team was led by Samantha Senczyszyn and Autumn Haebig. Senczyszyn, a junior, became the first Division 2 swimmer to go under 23 seconds in the 50 free courtesy of her 22.91. In so doing, she erased Beckie Thompson’s 2007 standard of 23.26. Senczyszyn also captured the 100 free in 50.89, just touching out two-time champ in the event, Shorewood senior Kristin Malone (50.94).

Haebig began her high school championship career by setting a state record 55.81 in the 100 fly, lowering Alison Meng’s 2010 mark of 55.94, and earned a second victory in the 500 free (4:56.54).

Grafton also collected wins in both freestyle relays. Senczyszyn and Haebig combined with sophomore Natalie Keshemberg and freshman Emma O’Brien in the 200 free relay (1:36.45); senior Stephanie Haebig and Keshemberg joined Senczyszyn and Autumn Haebig for a winning 3:30.72 in the 400 free relay.

Malone, who has signed with Texas A&M, was able to defend her state title in the 200 free with her 1:49.81. Malone also anchored the Shorewood state record-setting 200 medley relay (1:46.22) with senior Melissa Clausen, junior Rachel Munson and sophomore Eva Jorn.

Munson posted state record-setting swims in both the 200 IM (2:03.00) and the 100 breast (1:01.13). She erased Lauren Brenning’s 2002 time of 2:03.89 in the 200 IM and lowered the mark in the 100 breast she set last year (1:01.37).

Bridgette Alexander, who will be swimming at the University of Kentucky next fall, became a two-time state champion in the 100 back with her 56.21. Edgewood freshman Ginger Lingard scored a total of 451.10 in diving to become the state champion in that event.

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