Vikings race to victory


Morgan Eberle

Sophomore Rachel Rasmussen swims the 4×100 freestyle, leading to a varsity win.

Morgan Eberle

On Wednesday September 10th, the New Berlin West Lady Vikings Swim and Dive team competed at home in a dual conference meet against Pewaukee. The girls won the meet with a clean sweep in the majority of the events. Both JV and Varsity teams rose to the competition early on and set high standards for Pewaukee. Parents and family members of the athletes were invited to join the team as parent night was recognized during a brief intermission and warm up session.

With the new diving blocks, timing equipment, and apparel, the girls were more than excited to get the season started. The new starting blocks were installed mid-August of this past summer.

While it was clear that all swimmers had a successful night, an important recognition is senior Madison Tew, who broke not only her personal record but also the school’s record in the 200 Freestyle. Her ending time was 1:55.39. Following her lead, the Vikings 4×100 relay finished strong with a time of 2:39. Senior, Rayna Mathews, won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:45.34.

Molly Wannamaker, a senior captain, stated that the victory was probable, but she had alternative expectations for her team.

“Even though we are better ranked team stats wise, good sportsmanship is key to any victory.”

The team is currently training hard to get a good rank as important meets are approaching fast. With conference and sectionals just around the corner in mid-October, the girls are pushing themselves to reach full potential. As for any state qualifiers, the WIAA officiated state meet will be held on November 14 at the UW Madison Natatorium.