Port can’t duplicate 2009 championship but still finishes solid 3rd at home invitational
After winning its own Pirate Invitational last year, the Port Washington girls’ swimming and diving squad had high hopes of duplicating its lofty finish this fall.
Although the Pirates fell short of top honors, they still turned in a strong showing in the 11-team meet last Saturday.
“It was a nice finish for us,” Port coach Maureen Jajtner said of her squad’s third-place performance. “I was pleased with how the girls did against tough competition.”
Plymouth cruised to the championship with 517.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Germantown (332) and Port (226).
West Bend West and Oak Creek shared fourth place with 208 points, followed by Manitowoc (202.5), West Bend East (197), Wauwatosa West (177), West Allis (170), Kiel (72) and Milwaukee Lutheran (14).
Plymouth won five events and used its depth to dominate the meet.
Port’s best finish was second place from the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Alex Anderson, Tori Klotz, Kelsey Zeman and Mary Nuedling, who combined for a time of 4 minutes, 5.1 seconds.
Medals were awarded to the top six finishers in each event.
Also earning medals for the Pirates were fourths by Klotz in the 500 freestyle (5:41.2) and the 200 freestyle team of Anderson, Klotz, Dana Grady and Nuedling (1:52.3) and fifths by Klotz in the 200 freestyle (2:08.3), Hayley Seitz in diving (274.8 points) and Anderson in the 100 butterfly (1:06.5).
Jajtner said her swimmers are continuing to lower their times.
“The girls are talented and hardworking,” she said. “Since the season started, they’ve continued to improve.”
Pirates 2nd in Plymouth meet
A pair of victories by Klotz led Port to runner-up honors in a triangular meet at Plymouth on Sept. 16.
Klotz, a senior, won the 200 freestyle (2:08.8) and 500 freestyle (5:44.15).
The Pirates also got a first-place finish from Claire Kinzer in diving (185.9 points).
Plymouth won the meet with 164 points, followed by Port (100) and Two Rivers (55).
Placing second for Port were Nuedling in the 50 freestyle (28.3) and 100 freestyle (1:01.45), Anderson in the butterfly (1:04.9), Seitz in diving (178.4 points) and Zeman in the 100 breaststroke (1:26.0).
“Tori really came into her own at this meet,” Jajtner said. “She and a lot of other kids had solid meets for us.”
Jajtner also singled out Anderson, a junior, for a personal-best time in the butterfly and a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley, and Seitz, a sophomore, for her effort in diving.
Hawks race to 3rd at conference relays
A trio of winning performances paced the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team to third-place honors in the North Shore Conference relays Sept. 14 at Whitefish Bay.
Coach Adan Burgos’ squad was fifth in the standings with one event left but moved up two spots by winning the finale, the 100 freestyle relay.
“It worked out pretty well for us,” said Burgos, whose team finished with 65 points, one more than fourth-place Nicolet.
“We tried to score at least 60 points, and we got a few more. It was exciting to be able to come back and win the last race and vault up two places.”
Lisa Borden, Katelyn Gallun, Katelyn Brooks and Stephanie Haebig combined for a winning time of 51.5 in the finale.
The Black Hawks trailed only champion Homestead (95 points) and Whitefish Bay (74) in the standings. Following fourth-place Nicolet were Cedarburg (63), Germantown (54), Port
Washington (34) and Milwaukee Lutheran (11).
Grafton’s other victories came from the 100 medley team of Haebig, Anna Hauer, Kelsi Chesney and Gallun (57.4) and 300 backstroke team of Chesney, Borden, Gallun and Haebig (3:06.35).
The Hawks’ next-best finish was a third by the 300 butterfly team of Haebig, Brooks, Hauer and Chesney (3:20.6).
Port was led by three fourth-place finishes — from the 800 freestyle team of Anderson, Klotz, Nuedling and Zeman (9:00.5), 300 butterfly team of Nuedling, Julia Buddenbrock, Zeman and Anderson (3:31.7) and diving duo of Kinzer and Seitz.
This week, Grafton took on Nicolet in a North Shore Conference meet Tuesday while Port faced Whitefish Bay. On Saturday, both local teams will participate in the Plymouth Invitational.
In 6 p.m. NSC meets Sept. 28, Grafton will host Whitefish Bay while Port hosts Milwaukee Lutheran.
PORT WASHINGTON’S Kelsey Zeman came up for air during the breaststroke race at Saturday’s Piraet Invitational. Photo by Sam Arendt