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Swimmers take third at SLC meet



SLC SWIM MEET - Delavan-Darien High School, Saturday Team scores 1, Burlington 519. 2, Elkhorn 452.5. 3, Badger 451. 4, Platteville/Lancaster 205.5. 5, Whitewater 185. 6, Delavan-Darien 169. 7, Jefferson 124. 8, Edgerton/Cambridge 62.
November 03, 2010 | 08:25 AM
Delavan — The Badger swim team has been in a battle with its rival Elkhorn all season.

After edging the Elks in the regular season, Elkhorn exacted some revenge Saturday at the Southern Lakes Conference meet at Delavan-Darien High School.

The Badgers grabbed third at the meet, a mere 1.5 points behind the Elks for second place. Front-running Burlington ran away from the competition with 519 points. While still a solid effort, Badger coach Glenn Biller hoped for at least second place.

"I was a little disappointed," he said. "I knew it would be close. But we swam well overall as a team."

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Along with the top-three team finish, four girls were conference champions by the end of the meet. Anna Brooks won two individual events, the 200 freestyle (1:55.88) and 100 backstroke (59.80). Meanwhile, Badger senior Maddie Clark captured an SLC title in the 100 freestyle (54.23) and the 50 freestyle (24.83). The two stars along with Carly O'Brien and Nicole Hanson kept dominating in the 200 medley relay, grabbing the SLC championship with a solid time of 1:54.89, more than two seconds faster than Burlington.

Biller said the four conference champs are on track for the remainder of the season.

"They all had tight races," he said. "The girls are where they should be at with their times."

The four SLC champs weren't the only Badger swimmers posting solid times at the meet. Leah Mikrut took sixth in the 200 individual medley with a 2:28.48.

Also, Evelyn Edge nabbed fourth in the 500 freestyle with a 5:35.94. In the 200 freestyle relay, Laura Kidder, Liz Carlson, Mikrut and Edge posted a 1:46.92, only a second out of third place. Kidder also came up big individually, taking third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.18.

Clark, Edge, O'Brien and Brooks almost took first in the 400 freestyle relay, grabbing second with a time of 3:44.35, nearly four seconds ahead of the next competitor.

Badger will look to take some momentum into sectionals Saturday at Greenfield High School. The winners in each event will automatically qualify for state, then the next 18 best times in each event from all sectionals will make it to state. Biller believes several of his girls can make it to Madison.

"If Maddie and Anna keep progressing, they should qualify," he said. "Also, Carly has a nice opportunity to make it. A couple of other girls are on the bubble. There have been some ups and downs this season, but the girls are definitely fired up to swim at sectionals."

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