Showing that the win just a few days earlier in the Tosa West Invite was not a fluke, the Menomonee Falls/Hamilton girls swimming team won its second major meet in as many tries when it took the six-squad Waukesha North Northstar Invite on Aug. 24.
"It was a great team win; everyone helped in scoring points," said coach Kelsey Ogle. "This meet is always a lot of fun; we get a lot of entries for an invite so it gives some of the newer, younger swimmers invite experience. We had a few first-place finishes, but what won the meet was our third and fourth swimmers moving up and getting some big points."
The Indians will take some time off from competition to get some good training in. They will be back in action on Sept. 8, when they open Greater Metro Conference dual-meet action at home against DSHA.
Falls/Hamilton scored 835 points to win the North meet, as host North/Kettle Moraine was second with 668 and Oconomowoc third with 529. The meet was contested in North's metric-length pool, so times were slower than the traditional yards-length pool.
As noted, depth did the trick for the Indians. The only firsts for the team came from Jenny Wesolowski in the 200 freestyle (2:16.37); Cassie Stegner in the 100 free (59.3); the 200 medley relay team of Becca Schoenauer, Sarah Scargill, Rachel Koch and Stegner (2:07.55); and the 200 free relay of Schoenauer, Wesolowski, Scargill and Simson (1:56.42).
Seconds were taken by Koch in the 100 butterfly (1:09.51), Stegner in the 50 free (27.65), Schoenauer in the 100 backstroke (1:10.9) and Scargill in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.26).
Other top efforts for the Indians included the following: 200 medley relay: Moira Shea, Maya Barwick, Emily Hadland, and Nicole Simson, fourth (2:16.49), and Valerie Arndt, Natalie Harms, Maya Kreiter and Olivia Eisenhauer, sixth (2:24.1); 200 individual medley: Barwick, sixth (2:43.26); 50 free: Schoenauer, third (29.29), Simson, sixth (30.58); 100 butterfly: Jamie Peterson, fifth (1:16.68); 400 free: Wesolowski, fourth (5:01.68); 200 free relay: Eisenhauer, Peterson, Harms and Barwick, fifth (2:07.41), and Dani Rabay, Kayla Withrow, Hannah Lautenschlaeger and Megan Gundrum, sixth (2:09.67); 100 backstroke: Shea, fourth (1:14.97); 100 breaststroke: Barwick, fifth (1:24.86), and Koch, sixth (1:24.92); and 400 free relay: Stegner, Wesolowski, Shea and Koch, third (4:19.83), and Gundrum, Kreiter, Hadland and Peterson, sixth (4:48.61).
Relays played a huge role in the local co-op's win, as the Indians put a total of eight teams in the top six of the three races combined. Ogle also pointed out that the 200 free was a big event, as was the 100 breaststroke with four finishes in the top nine spots. She also noted that both Eisenhauer and Kreiter had good meets.