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Five swimmers bound for state

November 10, 2010 | 08:55 AM
Greenfield — When the water settled after Saturday's Greenfield Sectional, the Badger swim squad enjoyed its best performance of the year.

According to coach Glenn Biller, each participant posted a season-best time, and the Badgers will send six girls to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association swim meet Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium.

Badger finished with 315 team points, good for second place in the 13-team meet, and it boasted a bevy of winners, including Maddie Clark in the 50 and 100 freestyle, Anna Brooks in the 200 individual medley and the 200 medley (Clark, Brooks, Carly O'Brien and Liz Carlson) and 400 freestyle (Evelyn Edge, O'Brien, Clark and Brooks) relay squads. Biller said the girls really stepped up.

"It was our best meet by far," he said. "Our times dropped more than expected. We were fantastic across the board. Every participant had her best time of the year. I couldn't ask for anything more."

Perhaps the most impressive swim came from the 400 freestyle relay team, whose time of 3:35.36 broke the school record by an impressive seven seconds, just edging Burlington by 0.4 seconds.

"They are an incredible team," Biller said of the record-breaking girls. "They weren't well-rested for the SLC meet, but they came in seeded second Saturday and were impressive. The girls lit it up, and Anna was actually racing against her sister Sara, who swims for Burlington. Sara was beating Anna at first, but they were even heading into the last turn. Anna ended up taking it with a split of 51.99. It was an amazing time. The place was going crazy. I would take that on the boys team any day."

Brooks also qualified for state in the 200 individual medley, where she won in 2:09.55. Freshman Carly O'Brien took second in the event with a time of 2:13.59, which puts her in the state meet. Brooks will compete at state in the 100 backstroke as well. She placed second with a time of 58.88, finishing just ahead of her sister Sara. In the 200 medley relay, Badger won with a 1:52.84, nearly two seconds ahead of Burlington.

Biller said O'Brien just missed state in the 100 backstroke by a couple tenths of a second. She nabbed fourth place with a 1:01.93 in the event. O'Brien and Carlson will be making their first appearances at state, and Brooks and Edge both went last year. But Brooks was with Burlington. This will be the fourth straight year at state for Clark, and Biller thinks she has a shot to bring home some medals.

"Maddie is lining herself up really nicely to do well," he said. "She has a shot to win the 50 freestyle."

Biller also noted the steady improvement this season of O'Brien.

"Carly has had a fantastic year," he said. "She has dropped a substantial amount off her times. She shaved three seconds off her 200 IM time and two seconds off her 100 backstroke. She's really excited to go to state."

The state meet will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the UW-Madison Natatorium. Biller said it will be the icing on the cake to a great season.

"I have no expectations," he said. "This is just the icing. We had our cake at sectionals. I just want the girls to go out there and have fun. Anna still hasn't reached her potential in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, so she will be up there. Maddie is in the final eight in the 50 freestyle and it is her last meet. And our 400 freestyle relay squad is seeded fifth. We could drop times in all these events."

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