Michel wins twice; Port keeps working

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Grafton High School girls’ swim and dive team cracked the top 10 at the Bulldog Invite in Cedarburg last Saturday.

Senior Libby Michel won the 500-yard freestyle in 5 minutes, 13.27 seconds and the 200 individual medley in 2:08.55.

“She inched ever closer to the varsity record in the 200 IM,” coach Jack O’Connor said.

The Black Hawks finished ninth with scored 73 points. Arrowhead won the 19-team meet with 404 points, edging Madison West’s 403.

Hawk Maranda Uttke was seventh in diving with 349.5 points.

The 400 freestyle relay of Kylee Grimm, Lola Michel, Sophie Schumaker and Libby Michel was 11th in 3:58.53.

The 200 medley relay of Grimm, Schumaker, Libby and Lola Michel was 13th in 2:03.56.

“Our relays did great, and I was super happy with the quality of swimming that was displayed by our girls,” O’Connor said.

He also highlighted Anna Krol’s time of 2:23.36 in the 200 freestyle, good for 39th of 58 swimmers.

“She is really learning how to swim that event, and I am really excited to see her continued progress,” he said.

The Hawks were hurt by illness and injury at the North Shore Conference relays they hosted on Sept. 22.

Grafton finished last of eight teams with 32 points. Whitefish Bay won with 78 points, followed by Homestead’s 75 and West Bend Co-op’s 65.

The Hawks’ 100 medley relay of Hannah Gompper, Lindy Nelson, Lola Michel and Halle Grimm was second in 1:01.45.

Uttke was third in diving with 223 points.

The 400 medley relay of Maya Luening, Lindy Nelson, Krol and Gompper was fifth in 5:24.64, and the 300 breaststroke relay of Nelson, Valentina Simo Jordana, Luening and Elaina Pokorsky was fifth in 4:25.36.

Two Grafton relays finished sixth: the 400 medley of Grimm, Pokorsky, Schumaker and Annamaria Menzia in 5:14.99 and the 500 freestyle of Juana Chavez, Gabby Gartman, Amelia Lundberg and Krol in 6:44.

Grafton hosts Whitefish Bay on Thursday, Sept. 29. Divers compete at Racine in an invite on Friday, Sept. 30, and the Hawks swim at West Bend on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Port Washington finished seventh in the NSC Relays with 39 points. 

The 200 freestyle relay of Grace Linstroth, Madi Klein, Emma Huber and Abbey Lotz was second in 1:49.35. The 500 freestyle relay of Huber, Linstroth, Klein and Lotz was third in 5:22.22, and the 400 freestyle relay of Lotz, Klein, Ellie Goeden and Linstroth was third in 4:07.89.

The 400 medley of Goeden, Ashley Bensen, Josie Tetzlaff and Eva Perez was fifth in 5:00.44, and the 300 butterfly relay of Tetzlaff, Serena Baumann, Natalie Wells and Rebecca Uttke was fifth in 3:51.39.

Port got two sixths: the 300 breastroke of Bensen, Emma Klingkammer, Nora Richmond and Laylah Henschel in 4:28.05 and the 100 freestyle of Arianna Camilo, Nelson Drue, Eowyn MacGregor and Julia Mitchell in 1:04.86.

Port scored 193 points and finished sixth of eight teams at the Plymouth Panther Invite last Saturday. Door County United won with 518, followed by Oregon’s 510.

Tetzlaff was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:05.84.

The 200 freestyle relay of Linstroth, Perez, Bensen and Huber was fifth in 1:56.33, and the 400 freestyle relay of Klein, Tetzlaff, Huber and Linstroth was fifth in 4:17.17.

Klein was sixth in the 500 freestyle in 6:32.04.

Port picked up 27 points in the 50 freestyle. Linstroth was eighth in 27.37. Klein was 10th in 28.48, Huber was 11th in 28.54 and Perez was 14th in 28.97.

The 200 medley relay of Tetzlaff, Bensen, Rebecca Uttke and Klein was 10th in 2:20.63.

Linstroth was eighth in the 100 freestyle in 1:03.1, and Tetzlaff was 12th in 100 backstroke in 1:19.08.

“We had some ups and downs for this meet, which is typical for this time of year,” co-coach Danielle Peiffer said.

“The girls are working on staying positive even if they are not satisfied with their times. We have no doubt they will use this as fuel going forward.”

Port swam against Plymouth at home on Tuesday, Sept. 27, swims at Cedarburg on Thursday, Sept. 29, and hosts Nicolet on Thursday, Oct. 6.

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