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With a total of eight entries, the Whitnall girls swimming and diving team will maintain a strong presence at this week's WIAA Division 2 state meet.

Sophomore Nicole Beckman and junior Kelly McElvain both qualified in two individual events through their efforts in a sectional meet on Nov. 5 at New Berlin Eisenhower.

McElvain won the 200-yard individual medley with 2 minutes, 11.37 seconds, breaking the school record set in 1999. She also took second in the 500 freestyle at 5:16.78 to advance.

Beckman came in third in the 200 IM with a personal-best 2:13.09 and second in the 100 butterfly at 59.28 seconds to qualify in both events.

Junior Brooke Miles advanced in the 100 backstroke after taking second at the sectional in 59.48 seconds.

Senior diver Alyssa Doherty qualified after placing second with 431.6 points. She will continue a strong tradition for the Falcons in diving, highlighted by Rachel Stave's state championships.

The 200 medley relay team of Miles, McElvain, Beckman and junior Katelyn Bloomer also qualified by taking second in 1:51.87, dropping two seconds off its previous best time.

Miles, McElvain, Beckman and Bloomer also advanced in the 400 freestyle relay with second place in 3:42.24, which was faster than its state effort last season.

They will all take part in the state meet Friday, Nov. 11, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Also at the sectional, Bloomer was fifth in the 50 freestyle (25.81 seconds), Miles fifth in the 100 freestyle (55.88) and the 200 freestyle unit of Isabelle Mueller, Leena Meyers, Isabel Cole and Bloomer seventh (1:49.81).

Tegan Klass was seeded at 6:12 in the 500 freestyle but swam 5:53.41 to finish 15th.

The Falcons took third in the sectional with 246 points, trailing only Whitefish Bay with 317½ and New Berlin Eisenhower with 302 points.

"The girls did an excellent job at the sectional," coach George Guddie said. "This was a fantastic meet."

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