Spartans surprise at swim sectional
East qualifies six swimmers in seven events at state
Brookfield East girls swimming and diving coach Michael Rose was pleasantly surprised with his squad's performance at the WIAA Sectional at Waukesha South/Mukwonago on Saturday.
Six swimmers qualified in seven events for this Saturday's WIAA state swimming and diving championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.
"The girls really did well with many best performances," Rose said. "We did squeak a few into the state meet by very tight margins. Coming into the sectional meet we did not have any swims faster than last year's state cuts.
"This year most of the times were quite a bit faster than last year's but we still were able to get five individual events and two relays."
Juniors Maggie Lingle and Lindsay Powell and senior Carley Stewart not only qualified in their individual events, but as part of the two relays as well.
Lingle had the best finish taking third in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.80 seconds while both Powell and Stewart qualified in two individual events each.
Powell took seventh in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.45 seconds and eighth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.18).
Stewart was eighth in the 500 freestyle (5:15.31) and ninth in the 200 freestyle (1:57.71).
Powell qualified as part of both relays - finishing fifth with the 200 medley relay of sophomore Jessica Westcott, senior Laura Werking and senior Melissa Gustafson in 1:53.19.
She also teamed with Lingle and Stewart behind Westcott on the sixth-place 400 free relay (3:43.39).
"Lindsay Powell and Carley Stewart both did a great job qualifying for two events each," Rose said. "Maggie really came through for the team - she was pretty sick and we opted to take her out of the 200 IM to focus on the 100 butterfly. She posted a lifetime best by almost a second."
Rose also gave credit to a few near misses.
"We had some big improvements for events that just missed qualifying also," he said. "Sophomore Anatalia Ashcroft missed most of the season but returned and finished sixth (1-meter diving), just missing the cut by 1.5 points.
"Freshman Meredith Gustafson dropped more than two seconds in the 100 butterfly, just outside of the cut. Our 200 free relay (Melissa Gustafson, Jordan Paterson, Stewart and Lingle) also improved almost three seconds, missing the cut by 0.2 seconds."
As a team, Brookfield East finished fourth (203 points) behind Waukesha South /Mukwonago (396), Arrowhead (381) and Muskego (266).
The Division 1 championships
Diving is 10 a.m., Swimming 3 p.m.
Order of Events
2. 200 Medley Relay
3. 200 Freestyle
4. 200 Individual Medley
5. 50 Freestyle
6. 100 Butterfly
7. 100 Freestyle
8. 500 Freestyle
9. 200 Freestyle Relay
10. 100 Backstroke
11. 100 Breaststroke
12. 400 Freestyle Relay
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