Port swimming team makes season-best times the norm on way to 7th place at invite
A tough field didn’t keep the Port Washington girls’ swimming and diving squad from turning in one of its best performances of the season last Saturday.
Although the Pirates had to settle for seventh place in the eight-team Plymouth Invitational, they continued to show improvement.
“Out of 29 total swims, we had 17 season or personal bests,” Port coach Melissa Hoogester said.
“It was probably our best meet of the year.”
Senior diver Kristen Smith led the Pirates with a second-place score of 323.4 points.
Port’s other top-10 individual finishes were a third by Kelsey Brockman in the 100-yard backstroke (1 minute, 9.85 seconds), sevenths by Becca Murray in diving (257.6 points) and Sasha Ottesen in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.42) and a ninth by Ottesen in the 200 individual medley (2:39.55).
The Pirates’ top relay finishes were eighths by the 200 medley team of Brockman, Ottesen, Ann Nuedling and Elise Andersen (2:12.95) and the 200 freestyle team of Nuedling, Andersen,
Ottesen and Brockman (1:57.29).
Port scored 145 points, just six behind sixth-place Kiel.
Ashwaubenon won the team title with 566 points, and Pulaski was second with 486.
Cedarburg 141, Port 41
Brockman gave the Pirates their lone first-place finish in a North Shore Conference home loss to a state-ranked foe Sept. 24.
The senior won the 50 freestyle (28.9) and placed fourth in the butterfly (1:22.21).
Port’s other top-four finishes were a second by Smith in diving (192.95); thirds by Ottesen in the breaststroke (1:21.94) and 500 freestyle (6:17.39), Andersen in the 100 freestyle (1:07.35), the 200 freestyle relay of Brockman, Ottesen, Andersen and Nuedling (1:59.68) and the medley relay of Brockman, Ottesen, Nuedling and Andersen (2;14.08); and fourths by Murray in diving (152.05) and Breanna Grady in the backstroke (1:25.7).
This week, the Pirates faced Milwaukee Lutheran in a conference meet Tuesday.
On Oct. 8, Port will host Grafton in a Parents Night meet at 6 p.m.
Grafton 111, Whitefish Bay 74
The Black Hawks won 10 events in an impressive North Shore Conference road win Sept. 24.
Posting double individual victories for Grafton were Natalie Keshemberg in the 200 freestyle (1:58.24) and 100 butterfly (59.22) and Rachel Hauer in the individual medley (2:19.05) and breaststroke (1:09.25).
The Hawks’ other winners included Sam Senczyszyn in the 50 freestyle (24.27), Autumn Haebig in the backstroke (59.81), Gabby Kraus in diving, the 200 freestyle relay of Keshemberg, Emma O’Brien, Senczyszyn and Autumn Haebig (1:42.29) and the 400 freestyle relay of Keshemberg, Senczyszyn, Autumn Haebig and Stephanie Haebig (3:46.94).
Grafton’s margin of victory was its largest ever against the perennially strong Blue Dukes.
“Bay is a good team, but they’re kind of rebuilding this season,” Hawks coach John Douglass said.
“They lost some talented kids to graduation.”
This week, Grafton faced Germantown in another NSC meet Tuesday and will participate in the Bulldog Invitational at Cedarburg on Saturday.
On Oct. 8, the Hawks will travel to Port Washington for a conference dual meet at 6 p.m.
Image Information: GRAFTON’S RACHEL HAUER won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke in her team’s 111-74 victory over Whitefish Bay. Photo by Sam Arendt