Bay Port’s Lasecki wins two state titles
By Rich Palzewic
MADISON – Bay Port’s Emma Lasecki secured the long-awaited WIAA Division 1 state swimming titles which have eluded her.
Lasecki swam to top-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.66) and 100 butterfly (54.21) at the UW-Madison Natatorium Nov. 16.
Her 200 IM time was the eighth fastest in state history, while her butterfly time was seventh-best ever.
Lasecki became the first Bay Port girls’ swimmer to win an individual title at the state meet.
“It was surreal and exciting for me to win two state titles,” said the senior Lasecki, who won her titles in the same pool she will be competing in while attending UW-Madison next year. “Winning a state title has been a goal of mine since my freshman year.”
Coming into the state meet, Lasecki wasn’t sure what to expect.
“Both events have so many talented girls, so I wasn’t super confident about either of them,” she said. “I was hoping to win the 200 IM because I was seeded first by a few seconds. I put a lot of time and effort into the event during practice. In the 100 butterfly, I wasn’t expecting to win. I thought I would go out and have fun since it was my senior year and last state meet. I was a bit shocked to win both, but I was happy my hard work and effort this season paid off.”
Lasecki said she felt pressure coming into the meet, but her teammates helped ease the stress.
“A lot of the pressure was put on by myself,” she said. “It was my last opportunity to win a state title. My teammates helped take off the pressure and made sure I had fun.”
Lasecki has won several state titles over the years at the club level, so when she finally broke through at the high school level, she said she experienced a lot of joy.
“It was a big relief,” she said. “A lot of my future teammates and friends were there watching, so being able to win was exciting. I was glad I was able to end my high school career in a great way with a great team of swimmers by my side to support me.”
Other Bay Port results: Adie Tooley finished 21st in the 200 IM (22:11.41) and Sydney Aird was 16th in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.41).
The 200 medley relay team of Lasecki, Aird, Lacy Geurts and Ellasen Peot finished 16th in 1:49.44, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Tooley, Geurts, Emily Calaway and Lasecki placed 14th in 3:35.93.
Bay Port finished 16th as a team with 49 points.
Other area results: Green Bay United’s Brigitta Neverman finished third in the 200 IM in 2:03.98 and 10th in the 100 backstroke (56.73).