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Badger swimmers finish strong at Bradford Invite

CRUCIAL TIMES - The Badger swim squad is still trying to find its best lineup. It won't have much more time to tinker, because the SLC season is in full swing in October with dual meets against Elkhorn, Edgerton and Delavan-Darien. However, coach Glenn Biller believes his girls are still fully capable of winning the SLC title.
September 29, 2010 | 08:15 AM
Kenosha — The Badger girls swim squad can take solace in the fact that it beat some of the best teams in southeastern Wisconsin Saturday at the Bradford Invite. The girls finished second with 363 points.

But coach Glenn Biller knows there is more work to be done, because the only team to beat them at the event was Southern Lakes foe Elkhorn, who only edged the locals by 46 points. Badger will get a chance at revenge Tuesday in Elkhorn.

"It will be our biggest meet of the year," Biller said of the upcoming showdown. "We really need to win it. It will be a knock-down, drag-out fight."

Badger swimmer Anna Brooks, a sophomore from Westosha Central, had a big day, winning the 200 individual medley (2:08.48) and the 500 freestyle (5:13.30).

Traditionally a team with solid relay performances, Badger is flexing its muscles again in that department.

The fearsome foursome of Maddie Clark, Brooks, Carly O'Brien and Liz Carlson won both the 200 medley relay (1:56.28) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:44.04).

"We have some very talented swimmers in our relays," Biller said.

Also, Biller has been experimenting with lineups.

He has put one of his strongest swimmers, Clark, in the 100 butterfly and the 200 breaststroke this year. He is trying to increase her versatility and show her diversity for the next level.

O'Brien, a Williams Bay freshman, grabbed third place in the 200 individual medley (2:17.37) and the 500 freestyle (5:27.44).

Finally, Evelyn Edge, a Badger sophomore, ended up in fifth place in the 200 freestyle (2:08.45) and the 500 freestyle (5:39.22).

The competition doesn't become any softer for these girls. They will head up to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Saturday to face some of the state's best.

The event features preliminaries and finals, and Biller said he hopes his girls can post their best times of the season so far.

But the biggie is Tuesday at Elkhorn.

Badger is only 1-1 in SLC duals, and a win over the Elks is vital to its conference title aspirations.

"We must figure out our 'A' lineup," Biller said.

"We've been switching it up a lot, trying to find that diamond in the rough. Elkhorn has lots of depth and great coaching."

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