Underclassmen lead way as Grafton girls race to 2nd at Cedarburg invitational
Youth continues to carry the day for the Grafton girls’ swimming and diving team this season.
Propelled by strong finishes from underclassmen, the Black Hawks churned to runner-up honors at the annual Bulldog Invitational in Cedarburg last Saturday.LISA BORDEN helped Grafton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team to a first-place finish in a North Shore Conference meet against Whitefish Bay. Photo by Sam Arendt
Freshman Rachel Hauer contributed to a pair of event victories by Grafton, winning the 100-yard breaststroke (in 1 minute, 12.35 seconds) and swimming on the first-place 200 medley relay team with Stephanie Haebig, Sam Senczyszyn and Caitlin Hanney (1:55.56).
In addition, the Hawks got second-place finishes from freshman Senczyszyn in the 200 individual medley (2:14.92) and 100 freestyle (55.14), junior Anna Hauer in the breaststroke (1:17.71) and the 200 freestyle relay team of Senczyszyn, Haebig, Rachel Hauer and Katelyn Gallun (1:45.5).
“We were very pleased with our overall performance. The girls are swimming well,” said Grafton coach Adan Burgos, whose team scored 426 points and trailed only the host Bulldogs (548).
“Cedarburg is a really tough team in our conference, so we knew they would be hard to beat.”
Brown Deer/University School was a distant third in the seven-team standings with 330 points, followed by Divine Savior Holy Angels (304), New Berlin Eisenhower and Racine Case (tied at 268) and West Bend East (132).
Cedarburg won five events and used its depth to pull away from the field. However, Grafton tightened its hold on second place with steady scoring.
The Hawks’ other top-five finishes included thirds by Rachel Hauer in the 100 butterfly (1:03.94) and Haebig in the 100 backstroke (1:04.64), a fourth from Haebig in the individual medley (2:22.36) and fifths by Katelyn Zarem in diving (288.2 points), Caitlin Hanney in the individual medley (2:25.81) and the 200 medley relay team of Emma Saunder, Anna Hauer, Kaitlyn Brooks and Lisa Borden (2:09.81).
Whitefish Bay 99, Grafton 81
The Hawks won nine of 12 events but were unable to match Bay’s depth in a North Shore Conference loss at home Oct. 4.
Scoring double wins in individual events for Grafton were Haebig in the 200 freestyle (2:02.88) and 100 backstroke (12:03.08), Rachel Hauer in the 200 individual medley (2:17.3) and 500 freestyle (5:32.67) and Senczyszyn in the 50 freestyle (24.77) and 100 freestyle (56.23).
The Hawks’ other victories came from Zarem in diving (198.95 points), the 200 medley team of Hanney, Senczyszyn, Rachel Hauer and Haebig (1:56.23) and the 200 freestyle team of Senczyszyn, Haebig, Borden and Gallun (1:48.48).
The Hawks trailed by only two points with three races left, but Bay outscored them, 31-15, the rest of the way.
“Even though we lost, it was an exciting meet for us because it showed our best swimmers can compete with Bay’s,” Burgos said.
“They just had a little more depth that we couldn’t match.”
Germantown 117, Port Washington 59
The visiting Warhawks won 10 of 12 events and cruised to a North Shore Conference win Oct. 4.
Port’s victories came from the 400 freestyle team of Kelsey Zeman, Mary Nuedling, Kelsey Brockman and Alex Anderson (4:12.27) and diver Hayley Seitz (187.65 points).
Taking second for the Pirates were Zeman in the 100 freestyle (1:01.94) and 100 backstroke (1:14.66), Anderson in the 200 freestyle (2:14.34), Madeline Walls in diving (133.8 points) and the 200 freestyle team of Brockman, Nuedling, Dana Grady and Anderson (1:57.26).
Port coach Maureen Jajtner knew her team wouldn’t be able to stay close to Germantown but was pleased with the continued improvement of several of her swimmers.
She singled out Anderson, a senior, and Zeman, a junior, for achieving varsity qualifying times in all eight swimming events this season.
In Tuesday meets this week, Port faced Cedarburg while Grafton took on Milwaukee Lutheran.
On Saturday, the Hawks and Pirates will both participate in the State Small School Invitational. Diving competition starts at 9:30 a.m. at Whitefish Bay, followed by swimming at 1:15 p.m. at Shorewood.
On Oct. 18, Port will host Grafton in a Parents Night dual meet at 6 p.m.