Ashwaubenon takes third at state
By PRESS TIMES SPORTS
The Ashwaubenon girls’ swimming team had an excellent showing at the WIAA Division 2 state meet and placed third overall on Nov. 12 at the Waukesha South Natatorium.
Edgewood (350 points) won the team title, outdistancing themselves from Whitefish Bay (167). Ashwaubenon (166) was just one point back of second place. Baraboo (154) and Rhinelander (152) rounded out the top five.
“This was a very exciting meet with a lot of great teams and swimmers so to come in third place is a great accomplishment and is really a great end to a great season,” Ashwaubenon coach Kari Kleczka said.
The Jaguars nabbed three state runner-up finishes in the meet.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Bry Bellile, Liz Witt, Erin Schuch and Sienna Nitke placed second in 1:37.05.
The same team of Nitke, Witt, Schuch and Bellile took second (3:31.12) in the 400 freestyle relay.
“The girls were extremely proud of themselves, both relays broke our team records and everyone swam great times to make that happen,” Kleczka said. “We knew it was going to be tough against Madison Edgewood, but we swam our best and we couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished at the state
meet. Sienna Nitke, Liz Witt, Erin Schuch and Bry Bellile all swam their best, and I couldn’t have been more proud.”
In the 100 freestyle, Nitke (50.57) came in runner-up and Bellile (50.71) was third. It was a great accomplishment for the Jaguars to finish second and third in the same event at state.
“This was just a fun and great race to watch,” Kleczka said. “They have been great training partners and they both push each other in a positive way. For them to go two, three in the 100 free is such a great accomplishment and really shows that their hard work pays off with both getting best times.”
Nitke finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:50.94). Bellile was fourth in the 50 freestyle (23.78).
State was the final high school competition for Bellile. Next year, she will be swimming Division I at Florida Atlantic University.
“Bry’s career is nothing but amazing,” Kleczka said. “Breaking team and pool records, placing high at the state meets, as well as a wonderful teammate. She has grown so much as a person and a swimmer and has definitely made her mark at Ashwaubenon High School. She will be missed next season, but she will be continuing her swimming career at Florida Atlantic University, and I know she will do great things there.”
Schuch also nabbed a fourth-place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:08.27). She was also 10th in the 100 butterfly (1:00.91).
Witt was 13 th in the 100 freestyle (55.31). Herr came in 15th in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.19).
The Jaguars’ 200 medley relay team of Witt, Berritt Herr, Kelly Vyskocil and Nadia Perez came in 14th (1:58.96).
Heading into next season, Ashwaubenon will have some good pieces back. Placing third at state will give the returning swimmers some confidence.
“We are losing some good seniors that helped our team to be successful, but we also have returning swimmers and underclassmen that also made our team successful,” Kleczka said. “They all know what it takes to get to the state meet and with their drive, passion and love of the sport, I believe we can
accomplish anything we put our minds to.”
Seymour’s Julia Gawryleski closed out her high school career with an eighth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.67). She was also 13th in the 500 freestyle (5:26.19).
In the 400 freestyle relay, Seymour’s team of Keyilah Justus, Abby Holewinski, Kate Gawryleski and Julia Gawryleski came in 14th (3:50.36).
The Thunder as a team finished in 26th place with 21 points.
Pulaski’s Taya Schmidt had a great exhibition of dives at the Division 1 meet and placed fifth (428.25). The senior was in first place after the preliminaries and second after the semifinals.
Ivana Neverman, of the Green Bay Southwest Co-op, came in eighth place in the 200 individual medley (2:07.62).
Southwest had two relays compete at state. The team of Claire Siber, Lily Awe, Claire Schlaefer and Neverman came in 19th (3:41.14) in the 400 freestyle relay. Cassandra Ullman, Neverman, Awe and Sieber came in 21 st (1:54.00) in the 200 medley relay.
De Pere/West De Pere’s Kate Schmoll came in 12 th (58.16) in the 100 butterfly and 22nd (2:13.74) in the 200 individual medley.
Bay Port’s Ellasen Peot finished 22nd (24.69) in the 50 freestyle.
Arrowhead (338.5) won the team title, followed by Brookfield East (285.5). Green Bay Southwest (13) was 27th and De Pere/West De Pere (5) was 34th .