Grafton High School Swimming and Diving Wins Wisconsin Division 2 State Meet

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MADISON – The Grafton High School swimming and diving team won six of the 12 events to take home the Wisconsin Girls’ Division 2 Swimming and Diving title on Saturday at the UW Natatorium. Three state records fell at the meet, while several other records nearly went down as well.

In the opening 200 medley relay, DeForest’s foursome of Gabby Loeck, Emma Blackdeer, Mikaela Barger and Erin Fons raced to the win in a time of 1:47.69, just over half a second in front of Grafton’s Autumn Haebig, Rachel Hauer, Natalie Keshemberg and Emma O’Brien (1:48.21). Emily Hanson, Emma Linaberry, Sara Hagen and Meghan Smits gave McFarland a third place finish with their 1:49.45.

New Berlin West’s Madison Tew cruised to an individual state title in her final high school state meet after posting a time of 1:50.67 in the 200 free. She finished more than three seconds in front of her nearest competitor, McFarland’s Marissa Wolff (1:53.68). Paige Carter of New Berlin Eisenhower rounded out the top three in 1:54.43.

Shorewood senior Rachel Munson topped the 200 IM field in 2:03.02, just missing her own Division 2 state record of 2:03.00 from last season. Munson split a 33.07 on the breaststroke leg to leave Greendale’s Carolyn Jungers in her wake, as Jungers wound up second in 2:06.02. Alyssa Roehr of Monona Grove came in third at 2:10.21.

Grafton senior Samantha Senczyszyn left her mark on the 50 free, winning the event comfortably in 23.58. Senczyszyn set the Division 2 state record of 22.91 last season. Tomahawk’s Lauren Hilt put up a 24.19 to take second, while Kohler’s Emma Herold came in third at 24.46.

Edgewood picked up 37 points in 1-meter diving, as teammates Ginger Lingar and Gina Jacobson finished 1-2 in the final. Lingard crushed the Division 2 state record with 525.45 points, way ahead of Rachel Stave’s 497.30 from 2012. Jacobson earned 478.85 points to complete the 1-2 punch, while Grafton’s Gabby Kraus rounded out the top three with 416.10 points.

Grafton kept the ball rolling in the next event, as sophomore Autumn Haebig lowered her own Division 2 state record in the 100 fly from 55.81 to 55.63. McFarland’s Sara Hagen turned second at the halfway point and held onto her position down the stretch to take second in 56.63, just ahead of Baraboo’s Katie Coughlin (56.86).

Samantha Senczyszyn remained perfect in her individual events, topping the 100 free in 50.95. She just missed setting a Division 2 state record in the event, as Shorewood’s Kristin Malone will hold onto her 50.28 for another year. Madison Tew of New Berlin West earned another top three finish with her 51.17, while Mallory Fox made it a 1-3 finish for Grafton with a third place showing of 52.39.

Grafton’s Autumn Haebig had a quick turnaround from the 100 fly to the 500 free, but it didn’t seem to affect her too much as she cruised to a second state title in the only sub-5:00 time of the day at 4:57.77. Edgewood’s Kelly Rodriguez posted a 5:06.98 in her first top three finish of her high school career, while McFarland’s Marissa Wolff landed on the podium again with a 5:07.19 for third.

Thanks to a great lead-off split of 23.36 from Samantha Senczyszyn, Grafton’s foursome of Senczyszyn, Emma O’Brien, Rachel Hauer and Mallory Fox cruised to victory in the 200 free relay with a 1:36.46, just off Sturgeon Bay’s 2009 state record of 1:36.02.Whitefish Bay’s Maggie Colton, Anna Lauko, Hanna Pasterski and Heather Smallpage put together a 1:38.86 to finish second while DeForest’s Mikaela Barger, Erin Fons, Katie Burgener and Gabby Loeck rounded out the top three in 1:39.71.

Baraboo’s Katie Coughlin proved to be the top backstroker of the meet with a solid 56.56 in the 100 back. Lauren Bergmann of Edgewood swam a 58.12 to finish second, in front of DeForest’s Gabby Loeck (59.25).

In the 100 breast, Shorewood senior Rachel Munson just missed breaking her own Division 2 state record for a second time, finishing in 1:01.70 and falling just short of her 1:01.13 from last season. She still had plenty of cushion over the field though, as McFarland’s Sara Hagen touched in 1:03.29 and DeForest’s Erin Fons came in at 1:05.89.

Grafton’s Mallory Fox, Natalie Keshemberg, Autumn Haebig and Samantha Senczyszyn tracked down the state record in the 400 free relay to close out their meet, stopping the clock at 3:28.12 to take just over a second off Milton’s 3:29.26 from 2012. They finished more than 10 seconds ahead of the field, but it turned out to be a great race for second. Baraboo’s Grace Deering, Lara Riem, Jackalynn Lemke and Katie Coughlin got the job done with a 3:38.43, two tenths in front of Edgewood’s Lauren Bergmann, Maddy Martorana, Julianna Kuecker and Kelly Rodriguez (3:38.65).

Grafton secured the team title with 290 points, with Edgewood (254 points) and DeForest (203 points) taking second and third. McFarland (171 points) and Kohler (134 points) also finished in the top five.

Results: Wisconsin Girls’ Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships

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