The Falcons of Whitnall won the Woodland Conference Championships for the 2nd straight year, but got very strong competition from both Greendale and the “SugaeHawks” of the Greenfield/Pius squad, who both tied for 2nd with 431 points. Whitnall won the meet with a point total of 473.0 points. It was the diving event that proved to be the big difference in the meet. The Falcons scored 74 points in one event, and that ended up being too high a hurdle for either the Panthers or the “SugarHawks” to overcome.
Head Coach Dale Schrank was impressed at the high level of swimming across the board. ” In the past, the Woodland Conference was viewed as one of the weaker conferences in the State. This year, any of the top 3 teams in our conference would have created some major waves regardless of which conference they would have been in” commented Schrank.
Madison Misko had the meet of her life, walking away from the meet with no fewer than 4 new school records and being the nucleus of 2 new Conference records as well. Misko set 2 new school records in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events, and was also at the heart of 2 Conference records in the 200 yard freestyle and 200 yard medley relays. Misko pooled her talents with freshman Gabrielle LePine, and juniors Sophia Davis and Elizabeth Misorski to not only set a school record but also a Conference mark as well.” To set a time that is the fastest in the history of the Conference is truly a very remarkable accomplishment” said Schrank . Misko and LePine also teamed with Lily Lustig and Olivia Davis to set a new Conference mark in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Unfortunately for the “SugarHawks” they were touched out by the squad from Greendale in that event by approximately 1 second. Sophia Davis also set a new school record in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.87. ” To go that fast in that particular event, and not even break into the medals, speaks volumes as to the quality of the 2018 Woodland Conference Championships.” commented Schrank.
LePine also walked away from the meet with a Conference gold medal effort in the 100 yard breaststroke. Her time of 1:07.87 is only .2 away from last years’ qualifying time for the State meet. “To qualify for the State meet as a freshman would really be an incredible feat.”
Rounding out the scoring for the “SugarHawks” were sisters Gabby and Kira Goodbear, Emma Knowlton, Alyssa Kotke, Bella Marshall, Zena Jiardini, and Sophie Girard. The ” Swimmer of the meet” was freshman Gabrielle LePine.
The Sectional meet will be hosted by Greenfield on Friday and Saturday this weekend.
“This has already been a “Season to Remember” and we are not done yet.” noted Schrank. Swim Action will start at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday November 3.