Edgewood Breaks Pair of Relay Records; Wins Fifth-Straight Wisconsin Girls DII State Title

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The 2019 Wisconsin Girls Division II State Swimming & Diving Championships took place on Nov. 15 at the University of Wisconsin natatorium in Madison.

Edgewood dominated the meet, sweeping all three relays en route to winning their fifth-straight title with a total of 290 points ahead of McFarland (163.5) and Ashwaubenon (141.5). Edgewood set new Wisconsin DII state records in the 4×50 medley relay as well as the 4×50 free relay.

Click HERE for final results and team scores.

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Edgewood – 290
2. McFarland – 163.5
3. Ashwaubenon – 141.5
4. Shorewood – 125
5. Rhinelander – 118

Edgewood began their winning ways as Anna teDuits (26.27), Abby Reid (30.56), Izzy Enz (25.18), and Maeve O’Driscoll (22.50) combined to win the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:44.51, eclipsing their own 2017 DII state record of 1:44.59.

Soon after helping her medley relay team earn gold, teDuits was back in the water to win the 200 IM in 2:06.28 while holding off a charging Ella Houwers of Whitewater who took a close second in 2:06.99. For the second-straight season, Houwers earned the state title in the 100 breast after touching the wall in 1:05.07 for the win.

Edgewood earned gold and silver in the 50 free as O’Driscoll sprinted to first in a quick 23.30 followed by her teammate A. Reid was right behind in 23.49 for second. O’Driscoll, who has committed to the Golden Gophers, later tied Ashwaubenon’s Brie Bellile for third in the 100 free in 51.70.

River Falls freshman Ellery Ottem dominated the 200 free, winning by over three seconds in 1:49.54 as the only swimmer in the field to break the 1:50 barrier. Enz, another freshman, finished second in 1:52.55. Ottem then went on to win the 100 free in her rookie season, stopping the clock in 50.70 ahead of A. Reid (51.59).

Rhinelander’s Malia Francis flew to the top of the podium in the 100 fly, getting her hands to the wall in 56.23 to win by over a second and a half. Her second victory of the day came in the 100 back where the sophomore powered home in 54.72 for a one-second victory over last year’s champion Mara Freeman (55.68) of McFarland.

Hallory Domnick of Ashwaubenon dominated the 500 free after placing fourth in 2018, cruising to first in 5:04.85 for an 11-second victory over Greendale’s Jocelyn Zgola (5:11.47). It was a 1-2 punch for Whitnall on the 1-meter diving as junior Bella Smith posted a score of 440.60 for the win followed by teammate Kamyla Held who totaled 427.85 points for second.

Edgwood’s O’Driscoll (23.69), DeeDee Walker (23.70), Sophie Reed (24.30), and A. Reid (23.07) broke the DII state mark in the 4×50 free relay with a time of 1:34.76. Enz (53.01), teDuits (51.43), S. Reed (53.57), and Walker (51.53) made it a relay sweep for Edgewood as they concluded the meet as 4×100 free relay champions by six seconds in 3:29.54.