Jaguars triumph at WIAA Swimming Sectional
By Murray Gleffe, Correspondent
ASHWAUBENON- The Ashwaubenon Jaguar girls swim team came into the Sectional knowing that the Plymouth Panthers would be their biggest competition. The Jaguars put that to rest midway through the event and went onto capture the WIAA Division 2 Sectional by an astounding 89 points!
The team captured seven of the eleven individual events and qualified seven athletes to the State Tournament held next Friday in Madison at the Natatorium.
Coach Jennifer Steffel, “We set the tone early with a win in the 200 Yard Medley relay. I was extremely proud of how the middle portion of the meet went, and it allowed us to breathe a little easier down the stretch.”
Senior Emma Steffel captured the 100 Yard Backstroke by a second over Kohler’s Kara Friske. Steffel kicked it into high gear the final 25 meters to win the race.
In addition, Senior Katherine O’Connell captured the 100 Yard Freestyle, and Freshman Hallory Domnick the 200 and 500-yard Freestyle races.
What was most impressive about the day was the fact that the Jaguars captured all three of the relay races which carry double points at the State Tournament.
Steffel adds, “With such a talented group of swimmers, I knew this day was in them. However, you never know how things will play out. I didn’t talk about winning the sectional to the swimmers before the tournament; just go out and swim your race.”
Note: WIAA State Swim Meet at UW-Madison Natatorium
Friday Nov. 10 6:30-9:30
WIAA Division 2 Ashwaubenon Swim Sectional (Jaguar swim results)
Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
1st Ashwaubenon (Steffel, Evelyn Geurts, Kyra Goedken, O’Connell) 1:52.83
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle
1st Domnick 1:58.76
Girls 200 Yard IM
3rd Hannah Vanderheyden 2:26.49
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
9th Julie Clabots 26.35
Girls 100 Yard Butterfly
2nd Steffel 1:00.70
Girls 100 Yard Freestyle
1st O’Connell 54.93
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle
1st Domnick 5:19.41
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1st Ashwaubenon (Goedken, Domnick, Clabots, Maddie Leisgang) 1:42.83
Girls 100 Yard Backstroke
1st Steffel 1:00.00
Girls 100 Yard Breastroke
3rd Evelyn Geurts 1:12.30
Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
1st Ashwaubenon (Goedken, Domnick, O’Connell, Steffel) 3:43.74
WIAA Division 2 Ashwaubenon Swim Sectional (Final Team Points)
Ashwaubenon 361, Plymouth 272, Sturgeon Bay 261, Brown Deer 256, Kohler 233, Grafton 228, Seymour 167, Two Rivers 103.5, Kiel 90, Brookfield Academy 79, New London 68.5, Berlin 24, Port Washington 23