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Sauk Prairie swims to fourth in Badger North


November 1, 2018

The final countdown has begun for the Sauk Prairie girls’ swimming program.

With just two weeks remaining before the WIAA Division 2 state meet at the UW Natatorium, the Eagles competed at the Badger North Conference meet at Waunakee last Friday night.

The host Warriors swept nine of 11 events to secure their fourth consecutive league championship. Baraboo (368), DeForest (342), Sauk Prairie (334) and Beaver Dam (168) rounded out the top five.

Senior co-captain Grace Williams led the way for Sauk Prairie with a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.95 seconds. She also swam on the 200-yard freestyle relay with sophomore Cora Dunnum, junior Alexa Judd and senior co-captain Mariah Chao that took third in 1:45.25.

Sauk Prairie coach Melani Guentherman said Chao swam a season-best 50-yard split in the 200 freestyle relay and also recorded a season-best time in the 200-yard freestyle, where she finished seventh.

Guentherman said those were impressive performances for the girls, who were tapering for the sectional meet.

“They weren’t rested for this meet,” she said. “But they were sharp even though they were still tired.”

Williams, who swam on the fifth-place 200-yard medley relay along with Judd, junior Giulia Brickl and freshman Kassandra Miller (1:58.70) and was eighth in the 100-yard freestyle (:58.12), was impressed with the Eagles’ overall performance.

“Everyone did awesome, especially the girls who tapered for conference,” Williams said. “They did absolutely amazing. It was so much fun. Our conference is very, very competitive. But we try to use that competitiveness and just go for it.”

While it was a bittersweet day with it being her final conference meet, Williams couldn’t have been prouder of her teammates.

“They dropped a ton of time and got their goals that they have been after all season,” she said. “Emma Breunig wanted to get under a minute in the 100 freestyle, and she got it. It was amazing to watch.”

Guentherman said nine of the Eagles tapered for the meet with freshmen Jade Babcock and Emily Vande Hey competing in their final meet of the season.

“This meet ends up largely being about the girls individually,” Guentherman said. “We had two girls who ended their seasons, many girls who had their full-tapered swims and will only have one swim next week.”

Vande Hey won the JV 200-yard freestyle and swam with Babcock on the winning JV 200-yard freestyle relay that also included junior Abbey McCumber and sophomore Grace Orr.

The JV 200-yard medley of junior Summer Acker, sophomore Lauryn Drager, McCumber and Babcock took first, and Orr also won the JV 100-yard freestyle event.

“They all swam amazing,” Guentherman said. “That is the catalyst for those who are tapering for the next week. They watch those girls swim so fast and they just know they’re going to swim fast the next week.”

Vande Hey ended her season on a high note, also swimming a personal-best time of 5:52.89 to place eighth in the varsity 500-yard freestyle competition.

“Emily dropped almost 20 seconds in the 500,” Guentherman said. “She also dropped a bunch of time in the 200 free. If we would have had room for her in the varsity race, she would have scored points for us. She had an absolutely outstanding meet. Her 500 was really impressive.”

Guentherman said the meet showcased the league’s best with Waunakee dominating the action.

“They swam well,” she said. “They’ve got the depth and the talent and good coaching on top of it. But there were a lot of great races on Friday night. It’s a solid conference top to bottom.”

Guentherman said she enjoyed watching many of her swimmers surpassing season- and personal-best times.

“I get as excited about all of those girls’ end of the season swims as I do about the sectional meet and state meet,” Guentherman said. “It is just really fun to see them drop that time and see the big smiles at the end of the pool.”

• On deck: Sauk Prairie will compete at the WIAA Division 2 Baraboo Sectional at Jack Young Middle School on Saturday at 1 p.m.

“Waunakee and DeForest will be in Division 1, but we will have a tough sectional meet,” Guentherman said. “McFarland and Edgewood will be in our sectional with Baraboo. We will have a high-powered sectional.

“We will have 13 girls swimming at sectionals with six girls on relays — Mariah Chao, Giulia Brickl, Cora Dunnum, Alexa Judd, Kassandra Miller and Grace Williams — who have a chance of qualifying for individual events as well.”

Williams is scheduled to compete in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay and the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

“We have one of the hardest sectionals in Division 2,” she said. “It’s definitely fun because we know that if we make it to state, we’re able to place really well.”

Oct. 26

Badger North Conference meet

Team scores: Waunakee 492, Baraboo 368, DeForest 342, Sauk Prairie 334, Beaver Dam 168, Lodi 126, River Valley/Richland Center 120, Portage 109.

200-yard medley relay — 1, Waunakee (Graf, Wallace, Schmeiser, Brunner), 1:52.87; 2, Baraboo, 1:53.01; 3, Beaver Dam, 1:57.73; 5, Sauk Prairie ‘A’ (Alexa Judd, Giulia Brickl, Grace Williams, Kassandra Miller). 1:58.70; 6, Sauk Prairie ‘B’ (Emma Breunig, Amelia Hunter, Grace Orr, Ashley Pape), 2:00.50.

200-yard freestyle — 1, Vinson, W, 1:57.95; 2, Miller, P, 1:59.86; 3, Wilhelms, W, 2:01.55; 7, Mariah Chao, SP, 2:05.22; 13, Summer Acker, SP, 2:12.45; 14, Judd, SP, 2:13.93.

200-yard individual medley — 1, Willis, D, 2:14.75; 2, Lohr, B, 2:14.88; 3, Graf, W, 2:16.83; 9, Lauryn Drager, SP, 2:26.24; 10, Orr, SP, 2:29.02; 13, Brickl, SP, 2:33.48; 14, Hunter, SP, 2:33.95.

50-yard freestyle — 1, Grindle, W, :25.30; 2,Hargraves, D, :25.74; 3, Grace Williams, SP, :25.95; 7, Cora Dunnum, SP, :26.59; 10, Breunig, SP, :26.81; 12, Pape, SP, :26.92.

100-yard butterfly — 1, Schmeiser, W, :58.48; 2, Tock, B, 1:00.21; 3, Grenon, BD, 1:01.42; 5, Miller, SP, 1:04.23; 11, Judd, SP, 1:08.14.

100-yard freestyle — 1, Grindle, W, :55.09; 2, Wilhelms, W, :55.10; 3, McGauley, BD, :55.49; 6, Dunnum, SP, :57.99; 8, Williams, SP, :58.12; 13, Breunig, SP; 1:00.20; 20, Brickl, SP, 1:03.14..

500-yard freestyle — 1, Vinson, W, 5:16.70; 2, Matson, D, 5:24.70; 3, Miller, P, 5:29.65; 5, Chao, SP, 5;41.86; 8, Emily Vande Hey, SP, 5:52.89; 10, Abbey McCumber, SP, 5:56.30.

200-yard freestyle relay — 1, Waunakee (Grindle, Wallace, Vinson, Wilhelms), 1:43.03; 2, DeForest, 1:44.87; 3, Sauk Prairie ‘B’ (Dunnum, Judd, Williams, Chao), 1:45.25; 8, Sauk Prairie ‘A’ (Lauryn, Drager, Hunter, Brickl, Pape), 1:50.43.

100-yard backstroke — 1, Schmeiser, W, :58.44; 2, Graf, W, :59.73; 3, Grenon, BD, 1:01.48; 7, Miller, SP, 1:05.53; 10, Acker, SP, 1:07.09; 12, Hunter, SP, 1:11.64.

100-yard breaststroke — 1, Lohr, B, 1:09.65; 2, T. Bradley, B, 1:09.89; 3, Wallace, W, 1:10.09; 9, Drager, SP, 1:15.95.

400-yard freestyle relay — 1, Waunakee (Vinson, Grindle, Schmeiser, Wilhelms), 3:41.72; 2, DeForest, 3:49.49; 3, Baraboo, 3:51.55; 4, Sauk Prairie ‘A’ (Miller, Pape, Dunnum, Chao), 3:53.32; 10, Sauk Prairie ‘B’ (Acker, McCumber, Vande Hey, Breunig), 4:02.73.


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