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Badgers edge Elkhorn despite DQ

Badger 86, Burlington 84 - OTHER RESULTS - 200 freestyle — Carly O'Brien, first, 2:13.57. 100 breaststroke — Laura Kidder, first, 1:26.33. 200 medley relay — Amie Zick, Evelyn Edge, Leah Mikrut, Nicole Hanson, second, 2:18.21. 200 individual medley — Zick, second, 2:41.71.
October 13, 2010 | 08:47 AM
Elkhorn — Last Tuesday, the Badger swim team desperately needed a victory to keep pace in the tough Southern Lakes Conference.

With a slight 86-84 triumph over rival Elkhorn, the girls improved to 2-1 in the SLC and kept pace for a showdown with the team that beat them, Burlington, Oct. 30 at the SLC meet in Delavan.

Coach Glenn Biller said the win was significant.

"It was huge," he said. "It was our biggest meet of the year so far. It was a must-win, and now we have a shot at winning the conference. We have a good shot. The girls are fired up and are swimming like they have nothing to lose."

The race came down to the last event, the 400 relay. Badger pretty much had the meet wrapped up when the team was disqualified due to an early start. However, in a dual meet, one team can't take the top three spots, so Badger was awarded third place. This preserved the win.

"We got lucky a little," Biller said. "All we had to do was win the event, but we slipped up. Elkhorn was great."

Westosha Central sophomore Anna Brooks once again dominated for the Badgers. She won the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay squad of Brooks, Maddie Clark, Carly O'Brien and Liz Carlson (1:52.51). Also, Clark won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Biller said Brooks has nicely filled the void left by the graduation of Emily Russart.

"We'll never replace Emily, but Brooks is a nice fill-in," he said. "She's a huge asset and real team player. She's a good leader."

Anna's sister Sara swims for Burlington, and Biller can't wait to exact revenge on the Demons.

"It's going to be very, very exciting," he said. "We have more options now than before when they beat us."

Before the Badgers get to the SLC meet, they must first attempt to win their first invite Saturday in Fort Atkinson.

"It would be nice to win one with homecoming going on and everything," Biller said.

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