A fast start helped the Greenfield girls swimming team capture its first Woodland Conference Relays championship on Sept. 21 at the Greenfield Natatorium.
The TigerHawks claimed a silver medal in the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, and then won the next four relays to take the lead. They went on to finish with 308 points to hold off New Berlin Eisenhower with 302 points for the title in the 12-team meet.
Coach Dale Schrank was pleased at how well his young team responded to the pressure and excitement of the meet.
"With the huge number of freshmen on the team, I was not sure how they would handle the pressure," Schrank said. "Fortunately, they rose to the occasion."
Start with second
The 200 medley relay team of Elizabeth Misorski, Claudia Kirkpatrick, Alyssa Hassel and Allison Heil started the meet with second place in 1 minute, 58.43 seconds, trailing only Eisenhower.
The TigerHawks then rattled off their four straight victories, starting with Kristijana Mijovic, Madison Misko, Olivia Misorski and Serena Goodbear in the 200 freestyle with 1:52.01.
Also posting triumphs were Elizabeth Misorski, Lily Lustig, Hassel and Misko in the 4x100 individual medley at 4:32.15; Lustig, Gabby Goodbear, Sophia Davis and Kirkpatrick in the 800 freestyle with 8:34.67; and Hassel, Serena Goodbear, Sophie Girard and Mijovic in the 100 medley at 1:01.43.
Greenfield/Pius went on to post second places in the 400 medley with Elizabeth Misorski, Kirkpatrick, Olivia Davis and Serena Goodbear (4:26.84) and the 300 breaststroke with Serena Goodbear, Sophia Davis, Gabby Goodbear and Kirkpatrick (3:35.88).
Coming in fourth were Olivia Misorski, Gabby Goodbear, Sophia Davis and Lustig in the 500 freestyle (5:20.22); Heil, Gabby Goodbear, Mijovic and Lustig in the 400 freestyle (4:07.9); and Hassel, Sophia Davis, Misko and Elizabeth Misorski in the 300 backstroke (3:15.91).
Greenfield/Pius placed sixth in the 300 butterfly with Heil, Olivia Davis, Olivia Misorski and Misko (3:25.21) and in the 100 freestyle with Olivia Misorski, Girard, Heil and Mijovic (55.23 seconds).
The TigerHawks went into the 100 freestyle, the final event, trailing Eisenhower by four points, but their sixth place was enough to beat the Lions, who settled for ninth place.
Schrank said freshmen Elizabeth Misorski, Gabby Goodbear, Sophia Davis and Olivia Davis played key roles in the victory.
"The Davis twins each had personal bests, and had they not been swimming at that level, it would not have been the same outcome," the coach said.
Greenfield/Pius XI met Pewaukee in a dual meet earlier this week and will swim against New Berlin West at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at home.