Trio Swims Well at State; Houwers Places Second
State swim 2017 was fantastic! Ella Houwers started the night off strong with an 8th place finish in the 200 Freestyle posting a new school record time of 1:57.29. Way to go, Ella! Briana Zimdars posted a lifetime best time in the 500 Freestyle going 5:26.08, 4 seconds faster than her time at Sectionals and improved her time on the Top 10 times list (5th). Brianna was able to move herself up 3 spots from where she was seeded. Way to go, Brianna! Senior and two-time State swimmer, Grace Fanshaw won her heat with a season best time in the 500 Freestyle, 5:19.76. Grace moved up one spot from where she was seeded finishing in 8th place. What a great way to end her High School swim career! Way to go, Grace! We will miss you! Freshman Ella Houwers continued to shine with her 2nd place finish in the 100 Breaststroke, finishing in a time of 1:06.50! Ella re-broke the school record improving her time by over a second from last weekend's Sectional meet! Congratulations, Ella!
Three Swimmers Headed to State
The Whippets had an outstanding Sectional Meet qualifying 3 individuals for the State meet next Friday, November 10, at 6:30 pm, at the UW-Madison Natatorium. Our 200 Medley relay started things off right with a 6th place finish and best times by all four girls (Amber Krebs, Grace Fanshaw, Lexi Hackney, and Maddie Elworthy) dropping 6 seconds off their seed time. Our 200 Freestyle swimmers all put up best times. Lexi Hackney dropped 2 seconds, Morgan Radaj dropped 6 seconds and placed 12th, while Ella Houwers dropped 4 seconds to become 2nd fastest all time for Whitewater High School. Ella placed 6th at our Sectional and earned her way to state in this event with a time of 1:58.24. Our 200 IMers both dropped time with Amber Krebs finishing 14th overall; Grace Fanshaw ended up 9th with a 3 second drop. Morgan Radaj continued to swim well landing herself in 6th place overall and 6th on our Top 10 list in the 50 Freestyle with her 26.33. This was a drop of .8 seconds! Both Dalia Velazquez and Lexi Hackney put in solid 100 Butterfly races going right on their best times. Brianna Zimdars dropped another half second in her 100 Butterfly putting her 3rd all-time on the Top 10 list and 13th at this meet. Our 500 swimmers all had fantastic swims. Nicole Sedmak dominated her heat and bettered her time by 4 seconds. Ellie Treder, Brianna Zimdars, and Grace Fanshaw each dropped 11 seconds from their seed times. Brianna ended up in 6th overall and moved herself to 5th on the Top 10 list and punched her ticket to the State meet. Grace Fanshaw finished 4th overall and earned her way to State for the second time in this event. Our 200 Freestyle relay dropped 3.5 seconds in this sprint relay with each swimmer posting their personal best (Ella Houwers, Amber Krebs, Morgan Radaj, Brianna Zimdars). The girls ended up 5th at our Sectional. Ella Houwers rocked the opening 50 Freestyle split with a new school record. Our Backstrokers, Maddie Elworthy, Caitlyn Zimdars, and Amber Krebs also went 100% best times today. Amber Krebs swam her way onto the Top 10 list and also scored points for us with her 10th place finish! Ella Houwers was our lone winner on the day with another school record performance, this time in the 100 Breaststroke. Ella won with a time of 1:07.79 which guarantees her a spot in the Breaststroke race at the State meet! Also performing well in the Breaststroke was Lizbeth Rodriguez with a 4 second drop. Rounding out one of our best Sectional meets was our 400 Freestyle relay team of Brianna Zimdars, Grace Fanshaw, Morgan Radaj, and Ella Houwers with their 5th place finish. The girls all went best times and dropped a total of 8.5 finishing with a time of 3:48:41. Brianna Zimdars led us off with a 56.93 putting her 4th all time. Congratulations to the girls on an outstanding meet!
Barrett Runs to 26th Place Finish at State
In the 105th running of the WIAA State Cross Country Meet, Allisan Barrett focused on reaching her goal of being a top 20 performer in this prestigious meet. Her first mile clicked by in 6:12 and hovered in the low 30's. Trying to ignore the pain she pressed further and crept into the upper 20's within the challenging second mile of the Ridges 5K course. Throwing caution into the wind and racing with sheer pride from within, she dug deep rising up the final hill as the finish banner appeared on the horizon and fought for a final finish place of 26th and stopped the clock at 20:20.72. Allie was just a few places and seconds away from her previous best at state from last season. The pain from within wasn't just the lactic acid. Allisan has been suffering from a pinched nerve that lies between her sacrum and pelvic bone. With grit she fought her way through the sectional race. On this day her leg went numb at the mile mark. Allisan wasn't willing to accept defeat, failure or quitting in her final moments wearing the Whippet uniform. It's anyone's guess what she may have done had she not suffered her injury. However, there is certainly no guesswork involved in determining the amount of courage, poise, and grace she showed as she took each step toward the finish line on Saturday afternoon. There is also no questioning her toughness and commitment to the sport of cross country and to the Whippet CC program. Allisan has been a tremendous contributor in her leadership, role modeling, and ability to mentor others around her. Allisan finishes her career on the grass and dirt earning from freshman to senior year four all-conference honors (placing 13th Freshman year, 6th Sophomore year, 5th Junior year, 3rd Senior year), never placed worse than ninth at a WIAA Sectional race and made three excellent appearances at the big dance finishing 31st as a Sophomore, 23rd as a Junior and 26th as a Senior in the WIAA State Meet. D2 Individual Results: https://www.wiaawi.org/…/Cros…/2017/gd2individualresults.pdf
Four Medal at Conference Meet; Houwers Claims Title
The Whippets placed 5th at Conference with several best times and medals earned! Leading the way for the Whippets was freshman Ella Houwers with her 1st place finish in the 100 breaststroke and 2nd place finish in the 200 freestyle. Ella's time in the 200 freestyle puts her 3rd all-time on the top 10 list. Captain and senior, Grace Fanshaw also had a great day with a 3rd place finish in both the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. Grace was able to post a season best in the 200 IM. Rounding out the individual medal winning was sophomore Brianna Zimdars with her 5th place finish in the 100 butterfly and 4th place finish in the 500 freestyle. Freshman Amber Krebs teamed up with our three individual medal winners to bring home a second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Many other swimmers scored points for the Whippets by placing in the top 16. Morgan Radaj finished 10th in the 200 freestyle with a best time and 7th in the 50 freestyle. Amber Krebs also had an 8th place finish in both the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. Caitlyn Zimdars helped score points with her 16th place finish in the 200 IM and 15th place finish in the 100 backstroke which was a best time. The following girls also put in some nice best times: Lexi Hackney in the 200 freestyle, Caroline Crowley in the 100 breaststroke, Maddie Elworthy in the 100 backstroke, Nicole Sedmak with her 11 second drop in the 500 freestyle, and Ellie Treder with her 7 second drop in the 500 freestyle. We are looking forward to a great Sectional meet next week!
Barrett Advances to State Cross Country Meet
Whitewater ventured over to Cam-Rock Park #2 to compete in the WIAA Sectional race hosted by Deerfield/Cambridge. The girls’ program started things off first with some stellar runs. Most impressively was senior Allisan Barrett racing her way to a gritty 3rd place finish. Allisan had a tough week leading up to Saturday with a lower back issue and a cold but she gathered the pieces and made the most of it by racing her fastest time of her career. As a very driven athlete during the race, she attacked with the mantra of "it's now or never" midway through the race and left scores of runners in her wake. Nicole Tomomitsu raced her way to a 47th place showing as the team's second runner. Hailey Prager and Crystal Chan ran season best times of 22:11 and 22:25 to finish in 50th and 57th. Bailee Korf stomped her previous best and rose the occasion with a lifetime best of 24:14, good enough for 87th. Senior Alayna Mikulski finished her four-year career in 28:28 in 97th place and Rosie Aschenbrener in 31:31, 100th overall. The girls’ team finished in 10th place out of 14 complete teams. The boys’ team were next and featured senior Jacob Korf and freshman Trenten Zahn as the 1-2 combo for the Whippets. Trenten Zahn claimed the top spot for the team with a 13th place showing a just a few spots way from the last individual qualifying spot to state. His time of 17:14 is a lifetime best to cap off a stellar freshman season that included a first team all-conference race last week. Jacob finished his four-year career in 15th place and a time of 17:18. It was tough to see Jacob fall a little short of his goals this season, but it certainly wasn't a lack of effort on his behalf. Jon Brunner, also a senior, had such an impressive season and improved immensely after working so hard in the off season. He ran a lifetime best of 17:44 which was inspiring to watch. Those two seniors will be missed for their dedication and leadership within the program for all four years of their career. Aidan Coburn got stuck in the back early on with a tough first turn on the course but managed to work his way up to the 4th Whippet runner position and place 27th in 17:58, his first time under 18 minutes. Nick Kuzoff was the team's 5th runner and also ran with such great grit and determination to PR and place 52nd. Jon Zheng went for it like many of his teammates and was rewarded with a new personal best of 19:15. Jack Mayer competed at the sectional meet as a first year runner and got some much needed experience moving forward and finished in 84th with a time of 20:44. Allisan Barrett will have one more week of training before wearing the Whippet CC uniform one final time on Saturday, October 28th, in Wisconsin Rapids. She is slated to compete at 1:20pm. In a very tough Rock Valley Conference that was spread out among two different sectionals, there are two female teams running at State along with 6 individual qualifiers. On the boys’ side, 3 teams are racing along with 1 other individual. Running in the Rock is no easy feat and will be well represented at the state level in one week.
Six Runners Claim All-Conference Honors with Performance at Conference Meet
The Rock Valley Conference Cross Country Meet was hosted by Whitewater under cloudy but calm skies on Thursday, October 12. It was perfect weather for a championship meet. The Lady Whippets started things off on the right note with them reaching their team goal of being in the top half of the meet and secured 5th place behind strong efforts from top to bottom. Allisan Barrett secured her fourth all-conference honor of her career, and her 3rd first team honor by finishing 3rd overall. In a great battle with many strong runners it got narrowed down to three in the last mile. Allisan battled another runner from Brodhead/Juda until the very end in an exciting finish. Nicole Tomomitsu earned honorable mention all-conference with her 17th place finish, her 3rd all-conference honor of her career. Crystal Chan and Hailey Prager hung out near each other much of the race with Crystal securing 27th place and Hailey 30th. Jenna Lee finished 59th, Bailee Korf 61st, and Alayna Mikulski 70th. The girls’ JV race featured Rosie Aschenbrener finishing in 59th, senior Thais Padela running her final race in 63rd, as well as Sophia Wagner in 67th. The boys’ varsity race was hotly contested up front with a large pack that was led early on by senior Jacob Korf. The pace was brisk later on in the tougher sections of the course but Jacob was able to hold onto a respectable 6th place first team all-conference honor. This is his second straight first team all-conference honor. Freshman Trenten Zahn ran with great fire and earned the final first team all-conference spot with an 8th place finish. He is a very poised and composed racer that is very dialed in on race day. Senior Jon Brunner fought courageously to his first ever all-conference honor with a 16th place finish. Capping off the final all-conference honor for the Whippets was Aidan Coburn who finished in 22nd place. Both he and Jon were tasked to run with some strong runners from other teams and it paid off nicely. Jon Zheng finished in 39th, Nick Kuzoff in 44th, and Jack Mayer in 58th. The boys achieved their goal of being a top 3 team by finishing in that spot with 91 pts. The boys’ JV race had a complete team to finish in 5th place. Leading the squad was senior Steven Witt who finished in 6th and looked spectacular on this day. Daniel Trost was the second runner in 27th. Alex Popke ran a great race in 33rd, William Hofmann raced his guts out to a 40th place finish, and Amaru Casas was 43rd. Elliot McCulloch was 63rd, Carson Ellenwood was 65th, Andy Vo 72nd, Alejandro Rodriguez in 74th, and Mason West in 76th. It is the end of the line for seniors Elliot, Alejandro, and Thais. The program wishes them their best and are thankful for their contributions to the Whippet CC program over the years. Next up is the WIAA Sectional Meet hosted by Deerfield on Saturday, October 21st. In this meet, the top two teams qualify for the state, and the top 5 individuals not on those two qualifying teams earn a trip to the WIAA State Meet the following weekend in Wisconsin Rapids.
Three Tennis Players Advance to Sectionals
Whitewater finished tied for 5th out of 9 teams at Monday’s East Troy sub-sectional. The Whippets had two teams qualify for Wednesday’s sectional at UW-Whitewater. Sydney Treder at 1 singles with a win over McFarland, and Odessa Sonn and Sophie Olson at 2 doubles with wins over Jefferson and Madison Edgewood will move on. Coach Nelson stated, “I was very pleased with how well we played overall today. We had some spots that had a tough day and others that started out a little slow, but as a whole, we continued to show improvements. Sydney went up against Michelle Butcher of McFarland for the third time this year. The first two times were 3 set matches that the two split. Sydney was determined not to let that happen again and she went out and took control of the match right away winning 6-1, 6-4. The first match of the day for Odessa and Sophie did not start out very well as they lost the set 5-7 to Wilson and Gellindin of Jefferson. They were just not moving well and were being out hustled by the Jefferson pair. After a rather one-sided discussion between the three of us following the first set, they really picked things up and played some of their best tennis of the year for the rest of the day. They won the next two sets against the Eagles 6-1, 6-2. Their second match of the day against Madison Edgewood was the upset of the day. The girls lost the first set to Stein and Lacey 2-6. They were playing well; they just needed to make a few adjustments. In the second set, they were much more aggressive and took the set 6-0. Edgewood then made some adjustments of their own, but Odessa and Sophie were up to the task as they took the final set 6-4. Today saw the finish to the high school tennis careers of seniors Maggie Hough, Hailey Lohmeier, and Abby Gnatzig. I really appreciate everything these three have done for the program. Maggie has had the sometimes-thankless job of playing 1 doubles the last two years. A three-year varsity player Maggie played 3 doubles her sophomore year before making the jump to 1. Maggie had made incredible improvements in her tennis game, but more importantly she has become a leader of our team that we will miss in the future.” The Whitewater Sectional will begin at 9am on Wednesday at the UW-Whitewater tennis courts.
Whippet Soccer Teams and Fans Acknowledged by Officials for Great Sportsmanship
The following Sportsmanship Plus report was submitted by the soccer officials from Monday's match (September 11) vs. Janesville Parker: "This soccer game was a great example of High School sportsmanship. This was played on the 16th anniversary of 911 and to begin with there was a great tribute given by John Chenoweth the Whitewater coach. The game was a hard fought game and although there were some hard fouls, the offending player often was there to help up their opponent off of the ground. None of the players disputed any calls or talked back to the officials. The fans from both teams cheered positively and we did not hear any complaints about calls or boos. As an officiating crew that referees 20 plus games per season, we were in agreement that this game ranked at the top for positive sportsmanship. What a pleasure it was to officiate this game." The WIAA and Whitewater High School are proud of our coaches and athletes in making high school sports a positive and educational experience for all involved.
WHS One of Fifteen Schools to Receive WIAA Award
The WIAA congratulates Whitewater High School on receiving the WIAA Award of Excellence for the 2016-17 school year. This recognition is presented to member schools for their efforts and achievements in the areas of sportsmanship, ethics, integrity, leadership and character. The application criteria and process encourages school-wide involvement and an understanding of the significant areas of responsibilities associated with membership in the WIAA. Applications require the school’s athletic director, principal, superintendent and the school board president to acknowledge and verify their school has achieved the required criteria. Fifteen schools were honored this year including Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Divine Savior Holy Angels, Franklin, Hudson, Madison Country Day, Middleton, Racine Horlick, Slinger, Stoughton, University School of Milwaukee, Wauzeka-Steuben, Wayland Academy, Whitewater, and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln. A school representative will be presented with the Award of Excellence at the District 6 Area Meeting on September 18 in Oconomowoc and will be recognized for the achievement on the WIAA website, The WIAA Bulletin and at the Annual Meeting. For a full list of the criteria for the award, visit https://www.wiaawi.org/News/NewsReleases/tabid/113/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/11782/Inaugural-WIAA-Award-of-Excellence-Presented-to-15-Member-Schools.aspx. Go, Whippets!
Schumacher and Smith-Traore Play in WBCA All-Star Game
Rebekah Schumacher and Myriama Smith-Traore were selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 3 All-Star Game. The game was held on Friday, June 16, at the Just A Game Field House in Wisconsin Dells. There were two teams for each Division, and each team had 10 players who shared playing time. The Division 3 match-up was exciting with Rebekah and Myriama's South team losing by 4 points, 66-70. This ends their storied WHS high school basketball career. Next year Myriama will be playing at Marquette and Rebekah will join her sister, Sarah, and play at UW-Whitewater.