Gold slips away from Arrowhead swimmers
Warhawks finish second at state for second straight year, win three events
For the second straight year, the WIAA Division 1 state girls swimming team championship came down to the final event of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay. And for the second straight year, Classic 8 Conference rival Waukesha South/Mukwonago won that race and sealed a narrow victory over perennial state powerhouse Arrowhead.
After losing a heartbreaking two-point decision to South/Mukwonago last year when the Blackshirts won the 400 relay and the Warhawks placed third, last Saturday at the UW Natatorium in Madison, the state title came down the same two schools again in the same event.
This time, the scenario going into that final race was very similar to 2011. Arrowhead held a 10-point lead over South/Mukwonago, but the Blackshirts were seeded second and the Warhawks eighth. If they swam to those seeds, South/Mukwonago would have won the championship by two points.
South/Mukwonago did better than its seed, winning the race with a time of 3:25.38, the second-best clocking in meet history.
At the same time, the Warhawks also improved their seed, finishing seventh with a time of 3:33.69. However, with South/MHS winning, AHS would have needed to place third or better to win the outright title and fourth to tie the meet. The third place time was 3:29.32 and the fourth place finisher went 3:31.56.
"We gave it our best shot and took it to the final event," said sixth-year Arrowhead coach Jen Pollnow. "We figured it would come down to the 400 relay. Unfortunately, we were seeded eighth in that race, and they were second. That's difficult to overcome. But the girls swam the best they could all day. I don't want this second-place finish to take away from the outstanding season the kids had. The girls had a phenomenal day. Everyone stepped up. I'm proud of them all."
The final total saw South/Mukwonago win the title for the second straight year. The Blackshirts won with 279 points compared to 273 for Arrowhead.
Arrowhead has had a brilliant run of team success at the state meet. In Pollnow's six years as head coach, the Warhawks have placed fifth, won three straight championships and finished sec ond the last two years.
As a team, the Warhawks have finished third or better 26 times in the last 27 years. Since 1987, they've won nine state crowns and have finished second seven other years.
Hawks win three races
Arrowhead collected three victories as the state meet, one less than South/Mukwonago. Two of those wins came in relay races and the individual victory came from sophomore Lindsay Adamski in the 100 breaststroke. She won that event with a time of 1:01.98. That's the second fastest time in meet history. Sami Pochowski of Muskego holds the state record at 1:01.72 set last year.
The three titles gave Arrowhead a total of 71 victories at the state meet, the third best total in meet history. Madison West and Madison Memorial have won the most races with 81 each.
The state title for Adamski was her second. Last year, she competed on the winning 200 medley relay team.
AHS also won the first two relays, the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. The Warhawks have now won those two relays for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. No school in the 43-year history of the state meet has ever accomplished that feat.
AHS got the swimming portion of the meet started by winning the medley relay with the team of Taylor Teske, Adamski, Miranda Helbig and Mary Warren with a time of 1:44.44. They won that race by almost three seconds.
Later in the meet the Warhawks won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:35.35. Members of that team were Kelly Jacob, Maddie Barta, Katie Duranso and Warren. Barta, Duranso, Adamski and Helbig also swam on state championship relays last year.
"We had a very good day across the board," Pollnow said. "The girls swam out of their minds from the start. We had best times across the board. Going into the meet we trailed South/Mukwonago by 57 points and managed to get within six. That's how well we swam. That's unheard of to cut into a bigmargin like that at the state meet. We had a great day. We just came up a little short."
The top 16 finishers in each event scored points. Besides the three wins, Arrowhead got top eight performances from 10 other events.
Warren, who won the 50 freestyle last year, took third on Saturday (23.42) and also took third in the 100 freestyle (51.90). Jacob was fourth in the 50 (23.94) and fifth in the 100 (52.46).
Helbig and Megan Doty did well in the 100 butterfly. Helbig was fourth (57.14) and Doty was sixth (57.71).
Barta finished fourth in the 100 backstroke (57.29) and Sarah Laabs was seventh (5:08.07) in the 500 freestyle. Adamski took eighth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.49.
Arrowhead's 400 freestyle relay consisted of Jacob, Duranso, Adamski and Barta.
"Lindsay Adamski had a great day for us," Pollnow said. "She had her best swim ever in wining the breaststroke and also did well on the relays. For a sophomore, that was an outstanding performance."
Northstars set records
Waukesha North/Kettle Moraine ranked 21st in team scoring with 30 points.
Senior Briana Horozewski finished in ninth place in the 200-yard individual medley. Her time was 2:08.09, setting a school record. She ended up in 12th place in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.46.
"Briana showed her leadership by dropping almost a second and a half off her two individual swims," Northstars head girls swim coach Kyle Bedalov said.
Sophomore Danielle Kudis finished in ninth place in the 500 freestyle at 5:10.02. She placed 19th in the 200 with a time of 1:57.94.
"Danielle lowered her own school record in the 500 in her ninth place finish," Bedalov said. "It was one of the best swims of the entire season for our team."
Junior Katie Breger was 14th in the 100 butterfly at 58.86 and raced 18th in the 100 backstroke at 59.53.
Meagan Horozewski, a sophomore, joined her sister Briana, Breger and Kudis in the 200 medley relay with a 15th place showing. The foursome's time was 1:52.58.
"We swam great at state," Bedalov added.
Diving - 10th, Claire Coorough, 377.15 points
200 medley relay - 1st, Taylor Teske, Lindsay Adamski, Miranda Helbig, Marry Warren (1:44.44)
200 freestyle - 10th, Sarah Laabs (1:54.82)
200 individual medley - 8th, Adamski (2:07.49)
50 freestyle - 3rd, Warren (23.42), 4th, Kelly Jacob (23.94), 15th, Maddie Barta (24.60)
100 butterfly - 4th, Helbig (57.14), 6th, Doty (57.71)
100 freestyle - 3rd, Warren (51.90), 5th, Jacob (52.46)
500 freestyle - 7th, Laabs (5:08.07)
200 freestyle relay - 1st, Jacob, Barta, Katie Duranso, Warren (1:35.35)
100 breaststroke - 1st, Adamski (1:01.98)
100 backstroke - 4th, Barta (57.29), 10th, Teske (58.60)
400 freestyle relay - 7th, Jacob, Duranso, Adamski, Barta (3:33.69
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