Junior gives Grafton two wins in NSC meet dominated by Cedarburg
For the most part, suspense was short-lived at the North Shore Conference girls’ swimming and diving meet last Saturday.
As expected, defending champion Cedarburg had no trouble capturing another crown, piling up 533 points as it dominated a seven-team field at the Port Washington-Saukville School District Aquatic Center.
Not only did the Bulldogs sail past runner-up Homestead, which had 366.5 points, they won seven of 12 events and set six pool records.
Nicolet was third with 356 points, followed by Germantown (330), Grafton (293), Whitefish Bay (258.5) and Port Washington (68).
The predictability of excellence wasn’t limited to Cedarburg, either. Grafton’s Autumn Haebig lived up to her status as one of the area’s premier swimmers by winning two individual events in the NSC final for the third straight year.
The junior placed first in the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 8.07 seconds) and 100 backstroke (a pool-record 57.89).
Haebig also helped Grafton secure a pair of second-place relay finishes. Those came from the 200 medley team of Haebig, Emma O’Brien, Natalie Keshemberg and Mallory Fox (1:53.01) and the 400 freestyle team of Fox, Keshemberg, O’Brien and Haebig (3:41.44).
In the medley relay, the Hawks were edged by Cedarburg, which won in 1:52.72.
“In a meet like this, it all comes down to numbers,” said Grafton coach John Douglass, whose team didn’t have the depth to stay in the overall title chase.
“I can stack my top three or four swimmers up against anyone else’s, but a team like Cedarburg has 30 kids. We have 12.”
Fox, a junior, had the Hawks’ two other second-place finishes, in the 50 freestyle (24.97) and 100 freestyle (54.07).