Successful season closes at State: Girls swim and dive

On November 14, several members of the New Berlin West girls swim and dive team took on state. Overall, the team ended up taking 10th place with many great performances. Senior Madison Tew reclaimed her state title from freshman year in the 200 meter freestyle. She also finished a close second in the 100 free.

Her coach, Ryan Heft, expressed, “She put in so much hard work this season, and deserved to reclaim her state title in the 200 Free. It was very gratifying to receive the opportunity to award her the first place medal for the event.”

Tew herself was “very happy with the results of the state meet.” She was able to swim two personal best times as a result of the progress that she has made over the years. Tew also commented, “It was very nice to finish my high school career in the same pool that I will be starting my college swimming career.” On Tuesday November 18, Tew signed on to the University of Wisconsin Madison girls swim team.

At the state meet, freshman Dailey Albino also snatched a medal with her 6th place finish in her first state diving competition. Other impressive individual performances included Paige Pelikan finishing 9th in the 100 backstroke and Emily Szdlowski taking 11th in the 100 butterfly. The girls also swam two great relays at the state meet; the 7th place 400 freestyle relay of Tew, Szdlowski, Pelikan and Emma Verdun as well as the 200 freestyle relay of Abby Jaquish, Verdun, Szdlowski, and Tew taking 11th.

Heft stated that the “other state qualifiers placed higher than they were seeded, and also achieved lifetime bests.”

In closing out the season, Heft feels, “It will be very difficult to see senior state qualifiers Maddi Tew, Emily Szydlowski, and Abby Jaquish leave the team, but they’ve paved the way for many of our younger swimmers to succeed in their footsteps with their leadership and dedication.”