Alex Moderski Breaks Pair of State Records; Edgewood Four-Peats at Wisconsin Girls DII States

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The 2018 Wisconsin Girls Division II State Swimming & Diving Championships took place on Nov. 9 at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.

Edgewood dominated the meet, winning their fourth-straight title with a total of 328.5 points ahead of McFarland (209) and Tomahawk (164). McFarland senior Alex Moderski highlighted the meet by breaking her own State records in both the 50 and 100 freestyles.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Edgewood – 328.5
2. McFarland – 209
3. Tomahawk – 164
4. Greendale – 143.5
5. Baraboo – 134

The meet began as McFarland’s Mara FreemanElla WeaverEmily Landwehr and Moderski combined to win the 4×50 medley relay in 1:45.78. Edgewood took second in 1:47.23 and Baraboo finished third in 1:49.20.

Freeman, a freshman, then went on to win the 100 back in a quick 56.50. Edgewood’s Anna teDuits, another rookie, took a second-place finish in 57.11 as Monroe/New Glarus’ Mekenzie Hammer finished third in 57.88.

Hammer also threw down the hammer in the 200 IM, stopping the clock in 2:08.37 for the win. Second went to New Berlin Eisenhower’s Anna Oleniczak in 2:09.06 as Whitewater’s Ella Houwers took a close third in 2:09.12.

Later on in the meet, Houwers got her hands to the wall first in the 100 breast to win by over a second with a time of 1:05.34. Baraboo teammates Taylor Bradley (1:06.63) and Ella Lohr (1:07.34) finished second and third, respectively.

The 200 free was a nail-biter: Houghton’s Sofia Bormett (1:53.30) out-touched Edgewood’s DeeDee Walker (1:53.31) by one-hundredth of a second for the win. Tomahawk’s Kylee Thriller wasn’t too far behind in 1:53.79 for third.

Walker then found herself on top of the podium in the 500 free, besting the competition by three seconds to get the gold in 5:04.88. Silver went to Menomonie’s Mille Lausen in 5:07.84 as Theiler grabbed the bronze in 5:10.09.

Not too long after anchoring McFarland to relay victory, Moderski splashed and dashed her way to an individual win in the 50 free for the fourth-straight year. Her time of 22.77 eclipsed her own Division II State record 22.84 she set as a freshman back in 2015. It was a two-way tie for second as Edgewood’s Issy Peterson and Greendale’s Hannah Kujawa both touched in 24.05.

Shortly after an impressive 50 Moderski was back at it again, this time successfully defending her title in the 100 free. She was the only swimmer under the 50-second mark, breaking her own 2015 record of 50.26 with a fast 49.68. Peterson was again second in 52.29 and Bormett took third in 52.36.

The 100 fly win went to Whitnall’s Nicole Beckman who got her hands to the wall first in a quick 56.67. Edgewood’s Kaitlyn Barth took a close second in 56.94 as Greendale’s Brianna Homontowski powered home to third in 58.36.

The Edgewood 4×50 relay squad of Maeve O’DriscollAbby Reid, Peterson and Walker swam away with the State title after combining to post a time of 1:36.62, four seconds ahead of runner-up Tomahawk (1:40.17) and Greendale (1:40.56).

Monona Grove’s Trinity McNall dove to the top spot on the 1-meter board after posting a final score 468.80. Whitnall’s Bella Smith finished second with 452.75 points and Seymour’s Erin Schuh took third with a score of 416.65.

The meet concluded with yet another Edgewood victory, this time in the 4×100 free relay as the quartet of Barth, teDuits, Reid and Walker posted a winning time of 3:30.13. McFarland secured second in 3:32.92 and Greendale wound up third in 3:38.29.