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Sectional Wrestling
Pair Qualify for State Wrestling; DuVal Crowned Sectional Champ

Jimmy DuVal (182#) was Champion and Tyler Gamble (106#) was 3rd at the WIAA Cedar Grove-Belgium Sectional on Saturday, February 17. This qualified these two to compete at the WIAA D2 State Wrestling Championships at Madison later this week. Jimmy DuVal is shown on his way to a win by fall over Lane Fritch of North Fond du Lac/Saint Marys Springs. Tyler Gamble is shown on his way to a win by a 18-3 technical fall over Cole Mattek of Sheboygan Falls.

State Swim
Liang Medals Twice at State Swim

WHS freshman Young Liang was 6th in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and 3rd in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, reaching the medals podium in both races at State on Friday night. The attached swimming photo shows him in the butterfly part of the Individual Medley race. Photos and comments courtesy of Bob Mischka.

State Swim Qualifier
Liang Qualifies for State Swim in Two Events 

WHS freshman Young Liang has qualified to swim at the WIAA State Swim Championships in Madison on Friday, February 16. He will swim in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and 100 Yard Breaststroke races.

Wrestling Regional Champs
Six Wrestlers Advance to Individual Sectional

Congratulations to Regional Champions Jaden Salmieri, Tommy Cushman, and Jimmy DuVal and to Regional Runner-ups Tyler Gamble, Trenten Zahn, and Aldo Soto. All six of these individuals qualified for the individual sectional that will take place this coming Saturday at Cedar Grove-Belgium.

Conference Champions
Pair Claim Conference Titles

Congratulations to Jimmy DuVal and Tyler Sheffield on winning the Conference Championship on Saturday. Saturday's title marked Jimmy's 3rd Rock Valley Conference Championship! Photos Courtesy of Bob Mischka.

State Swim Team
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!

Sectional Swim Meet Participants
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!

State Cross Country Race
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:…/Cros…/2017/gd2individualresults.pdf

Conference Swim Meet
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!

CC Sectional Meet
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.

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