Claudia Kirkpatrick, Madison Misko and Lily Lustig will carry the Greenfield/Pius XI banner to the WIAA Division 1 State Swimming Meet this weekend in Madison.
The trio advanced through their performances in a sectional meet on Nov. 5 at Kenosha Tremper, and they were just part of a fine overall effort for the TigerHawks, who tallied 239 points for fourth place in the 15-team meet.
"We had no fewer than seven school records and finished only 14 points out of third place in one of the tougher sectionals," coach Dale Schrank said. "Many of our swimmers were tapered for the (Woodland) Conference meet, and as a result had a hard time matching their efforts from the earlier week, but even considering that, many still walked away with personal-best times."
Kirkpatrick, Misko win
Kirkpatrick (a senior) and Misko (a sophomore) both claimed individual sectional crowns. Misko won the 100-yard freestyle in a school-record 53.94 seconds, and Kirkpatrick captured the 100 breaststroke by breaking her own school mark in 1 minute, 5.53 seconds.
Both automatically qualified for the state meet by winning their sectional events.
"Kirkpatrick is seeded sixth and has a good chance to make the podium (top six)," Schrank said.
Lustig (a sophomore) advanced in the 500 freestyle with 5:14.23, taking second at the sectional. She also finished second in the 200 freestyle at 1:58.73, falling just short of qualifying for state. She broke her own school marks in both events.
All will compete in the state meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The TigerHawks had other notable efforts in the sectional, including Kirkpatrick coming in second in the 100 freestyle (53.99) and just missing qualifying for state.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Kirkpatrick, Misko, Mijovic and Lustig took sixth with 1:42.01, which broke the school record by over two seconds and fell just 0.21 seconds short of qualifying for state.
Elizabeth Misorski broke her own school record in the 100 backstroke (eighth with 1:03.69), and Alyssa Hassel (1:07.3) and Kristianna Mijovic (1:08.39) both posted personal bests in that event.
"I was hoping Misorski would be a little faster in the back half of her race, but holding a taper for an additional week is always tough," Schrank said. "I think if she had tapered for the sectional only, we would have seen a sub-1:02."
The 200 medley unit of Misorski, Kirkpatrick, Hassel and Misko came in fourth (1:54.14, another school record). Misorski swam a personal-best 29.0 split in the event.
Misko took fourth in the 50 freestyle (25.08), Sophia Davis eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:22.93) and the 400 freestyle team of Davis, Gabriella Goodbear, Lustig and Misorski eighth (3:59.55).
Schrank also praised Davis and Serena Goodbear for their swims in the 100 breaststroke and Gabriella Goodbear for a personal-best 5:38.97 in the 500 freestyle.
"After winning the Woodland Relays and conference meet, I did not think the season could get any better," assistant coach Mike Ketterling said. "To come back and almost finish third in the sectional and set seven records is nothing short of amazing."