Houwers Earns State Championship; All 5 Swimmers Medal
Five Whippets competed at the State Swim Meet in Madison on Friday, November 9. The Whippets posted a new school record in the 200 Medley Relay and earned medals for their 6th place finish. Congrats to Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Brianna Zimdars, and Morgan Radaj! 1:51.94! These ladies were seeded 11th going into the race and had a plan to win their heat and throw down the best time they could to try to medal. It was great to see how confident the girls were that they could do this; they went out with incredible determination to make this happen and succeeded. This is our first girls relay to ever medal at State. Ella Houwers was able to go a lifetime best in the 200 Individual Medley finishing in 3rd place with a new school record time of 2:09.12! Way to go, Ella! Brianna Zimdars swam to an 8th place finish in the 500 Freestyle, going a lifetime best 5:19.07! Brianna also posted her best 200 time during this swim, 2:03.97! Brianna is now 6th all-time in the 200 and 4th all-time in the 500! Awesome! DREAM BIG! We were a bit of a State Meet Cinderella story in the 200 Freestyle Relay with the girls going from the 16th seed to a 6th place medal winning performance! Way to go Morgan, Brianna, Amber Krebs, and Ella! This was a new school record 1:41.13! It was a great team effort from all of the girls. Ella Houwers was the STATE CHAMP in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:05.34! With not a lot of rest, Ella was able to focus and hold off a very strong field of competitors to earn the title. Ella finished the night with 4 medals at State! What a night! The girls finished the evening in 8th place! Thanks to everyone who supported us throughout the whole season!
Five Swimmers, Five Events Earn Trip to State
Sectionals was the kind of meet that gets your heart pumping and doesn't let you back down to normal until you go to sleep at night. The Whippets started the day off with a record setting, state qualifying swim in the 200 Medley Relay. Swimmers Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Brianna Zimdars, and Morgan Radaj combined to finish with a time of 1:52.92 beating their best time from just a week ago by almost 3 full seconds. Next up were Ellie Treder and Lexi Hackney in the 200 Freestyle. Elle took charge of her heat, winning by 9 seconds and dropped 10 seconds off her best time. Lexi also posted a best time by 5 seconds while also going her best 50 and 100 times on the way! The girls did not disappoint in the 200 Individual Medleys as Amber Krebs was able to post a best time and finish in the Top 16 scoring points for our team score. Ella Houwers secured her spot by winning the event with her lifetime best time and new school record winning time of 2:10.59. It was exciting to see the girls keep the momentum going as we entered into the 50 Freestyle competition. Maddie Elworthy stepped up to the block first and posted her lifetime best time 28.85 while teammate Lizbeth Rodriguez did the same with her 28.80. In this group of seniors, Morgan Radaj was the last to swim and posted a 25.49 which placed her 3rd all-time on the Top 10 Times list and 4th overall at the meet. We will definitely miss these 3 next year! Lexi Hackney continued to impress with her 2 second drop in the 100 Butterfly. Sophia Fanshaw stepped up and swam almost 2 seconds faster in her 100 Butterfly also finishing with a 1:04.15 putting her 4th all-time on the Top 10 Times list and 1st in her heat. Morgan Radaj was up pretty quickly again in the 100 Freestyle and again posted a best time with a 57.69 putting her 7th all-time on the Top 10 times list. Our 500 swimmers battled it out with a pretty strong field of swimmers. Ellie Treder entered the race with confidence after her 200 swim and bettered her lifetime best time by 3 seconds. Amber Krebs had a strong race finishing right on her previous time and Brianna Zimdars was able to post her lifetime best time 5:25.00 putting her 6th overall in the Top 10 times list and earning a trip to the State meet for the second year in a row. The energy level of the Whippets continued to stay high, and the 200 Freestyle Relay with swimmers Morgan Radaj, Brianna Zimdars, Amber Krebs, and Ella Houwers did not disappoint posting another school record performance time of 1:42.65 securing their spot at the State meet. Maddie Elworthy finished her career as a Whippet with another best time in the 100 Backstroke posting a 1:14.91. Brianna Zimdars and Sophia Fanshaw raced hard in the 100 Backstroke and were able to score points for the team with their 6th and 7th place finishes. Lizbeth Rodriguez went her 2nd best time of the day with her 1:23.96 in the 100 Breaststroke. We will definitely miss Lizbeth next year. Ella Houwers came to the block with confidence and race to another school record time of 1:05.88, winning the event and securing her second entry into the State meet. The meet concluded with the 400 Freestyle relay team of Amber Krebs, Maddie Elworthy, Lizbeth Rodriguez, and Sophia Fanshaw posting a best time by almost 5 seconds, winning their heat, and scoring points for the Whippets. It was such a fun meet and atmosphere for the girls to swim at. The girls posted 15 out of 18 best times in individual events, 3 out of 3 best times in relays, broke 4 school records, and have 5 girls headed to the State meet this coming Friday. IT IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A WHIPPET!
Pair Will Earn Academic All-State Honors After Trip to State CC
Another WIAA State CC meet is in the books as senior Nicole Tomomitsu and sophomore Trenten Zahn wrapped up their final races of the season at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Trenten raced first with the rain finally letting up making for a fun, yet slippery, race course in Division 2. He started out in in 58th at the first mile and was looking good. While negotiating a sharp turn that was all mud he went down for the first time but bounced right back up and kept charging ahead. By the second mile he moved up to 55th and was poised to make a strong final push but had another setback as he slipped again and went down a second time. Trenten used his skills as a multi-sport athlete from wrestling and knew that being on his knees he needed to get up as fast as possible and it was impressive to see! He raced his guts out and passed 8 more runners by the finish line to cross in 47th overall with a finish time of 17:19.2 with 151 runners in his race. Trenten gained invaluable experience in this race as an underclassman and was part of the Rock Valley’s strong showing of incredible strength at the state level. Three teams from the RVC finished in the top 6 (out of 16 teams) and four of the possible 10 medaling positions went to an RVC athlete. Nicole followed in the final race of the day. As she passed by the coaching staff before the first mile she looked as though she had a grimace on her face. She passed by the first mile mark in 122nd and faded to 130th as the course got hillier in the second mile but got it together and moved up to 121st by the finish out of 152 runners. Nicole stopped the clock at 21:54.0. No matter the race or season that Nicole has worn the word ‘Whitewater’ across her chest, she has proudly found a way to honor it and the word quit is not in her vocabulary. Nicole was able to wear the jersey at the state meet three times and perhaps the most impressive part is how she found a way to make it happen after a less than ideal junior year. Most athletes would have packed it in and decided that is just the way it needs to be. Nicole didn’t mail it in. Nicole races with heart, guts, and passion. She finished her career with two honorable mentions, one second team, and as a senior earned her first, 1st team all-conference honor in the Rock Valley Conference. Additionally, both Trenten and Nicole can be proud of their academic accomplishments, as both will be earning academic all-state honors. Academic all-state honors are given out annually by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association. In order to earn academic all-state, a student athlete must be earning at least a 3.5 GPA. This will be Trenten’s first and Nicole’s third honor. Trenten and Nicole clearly define what it means to be a student athlete in the Whippet Cross Country program.
Zahn and Tomomitsu Qualify for State CC Meet
On a windy Friday afternoon, the Whippet CC teams competed against some of the area’s best teams and runners for a chance to earn a trip to state. In this event the top two finishing teams and the top five individuals not on those two teams earn a trip to compete at next Saturday’s WIAA State CC Meet. The boys were off the line first in a stacked field that boasted four ranked teams in the state. Sophomore Trenten Zahn punched his ticket to the WIAA State CC Meet by finishing sixth overall in the field and behind all seniors ahead of him, earning the third individual qualifier position. Trenten was absolutely committed to the effort it would take to compete at this level. His racing grit and savviness is special to watch in his young career. Trenten covered the challenging UW-Whitewater 5K course in 17:39. Freshman Gio Anello pushed himself to stay with Trenten as long as possible and finished just a few ticks off his best time on the course he ran a week earlier at conference in 18:10. Gio finished a real nice freshman season by placing 18th and was the second best freshman in the field. Aidan Coburn was also close to his best time from a week ago to place 29th with a time of 18:53. Emmanuel Rodriguez, Dan Trost, and Will Hofmann were a great pack trucking around the course together with all three competing in a WIAA Sectional for the first time. Emmanuel crossed first for the pack with a time of 19:50 to finish 50th, senior Dan Trost competed in his final race to place 51st with a new personal best on the UW-Whitewater course of 19:59, and Will completed the course in 20:01, good enough for 52nd. Freshman Cooper Hammond battled a foot injury and gave it his best effort on this day to cross the line in 84th and an overall finish time of 22:22. The boys’ program finished in 6th place out of 15 teams competing. The girls’ team fed off the positive vibes that were created from the boys’ races and ran some gutsy races as well. This race also had four ranked teams in the state. Senior Nicole Tomomitsu ran a superb race and shocked herself by placing 5th overall, the second individual qualifying spot, and even a few seconds faster than a week ago at conference. There is no quit in Nicole. A year ago, she placed 44th at this meet but she continued to battle, persevere, and show grit with some of best runners in the state. With her blond ponytail whipping at full force, she gobbled up competitor after competitor in the last half mile. Crystal Chan was out to redeem herself after a less than ideal conference race. I’m proud to have seen her run a stronger race and finish it on her own terms going into the off season. She crossed the line in 34th and at time of 23:08. Trinity Nickels completed a nice freshman season by really branching out her final two races and pushing herself to new heights. Nearly matching her time from a week ago she finished in 40th with a time of 23:32. Junior Hailey Prager showed serious toughness through some challenges she has had with her calves in the back half of the season to finish 50th place and a time of 23:51, 19 seconds faster than what she did 8 days prior on the same course. Once again Sophie Walton, Jenna Lee, and Jenny Villarreal traded places several times throughout the race and Sophie came out again in 77th, Jenna Lee in 78th, and Jenny in 80th. The girls’ program finished in 9th out of 14 teams competing. Both Trenten and Nicole will be competing at the State Meet on Saturday, October 27th, at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Trenten will race first in the D2 race at 1:20 followed with Nicole in her D2 race at 3:05. This will be Trenten’s first time at the Ridges and Nicole’s 3rd trip to the Ridges to compete in the WIAA State CC meet!
Houwers Sets 4th School Record
Congratulations to Ella Houwers on breaking the school record in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 55.50! Houwers also owns the school records in the 200 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, and 100 Breaststroke.
Four Earn All Conference Honors for Cross Country
On Thursday the Whippets raced their guts out on the cross country course in the Rock Valley Conference Championships at UW-Whitewater. Although the start and finish areas were muddy, the rest of the course was in great shape and the kids did not disappoint. Varsity boys competed first against three ranked teams in the state. As one of the more youthful teams in the field, they held their own securing fourth place as a team with 124 points and were led by first team all-conference finisher, sophomore Trenten Zahn. He returned to the lineup in spectacular fashion and raced with his goal in mind of earning his second consecutive first team all-conference finish, and he did not disappoint. His 7th place finish time was 17:23. Freshman Gio Anello finished 17th, earning a medal and honorable mention honors by stopping the clock in 18:07 on this brutally challenging course. Junior Aidan Coburn secured the final all-conference position in 24th with a time of 18:49. It was nice to see him repeat as an all-conference finisher. Finishing fourth for the team and placing 37th was Sophomore Manny Rodriguez in 19:52. Sophomore Will Hofmann wasn’t far behind in 39th with a finish time of 19:58. Freshman Cooper Hammond and Senior Nick Kuzoff were the team’s 6th and 7th runner in today races. They both fought and clawed their way to 46th and 54th in the field with finish times of 20:24 and 21:04. Overall this was a great team effort and securing the fourth position was a team goal over a team from Evansville that the program felt it would be in a good battle with. Varsity girls were up next, and senior Nicole Tomomitsu thrilled Whippet fans once again. Her poise on the course is chilling to watch as she methodically made her way up to 7th place and earned first team all-conference honors for the first time. Her time of 21:07 is really strong given the course difficulty and the level of competition in the field. Freshman Trinity Nickels ran a lifetime best and crushed her race vaulting herself into the second position within the team and finished 39th in 23:29. Her smile was infectious after the race. Sophomore Crystal Chan secured a 42nd finish with a time of 23:49. Junior Hailey Prager gutted her way to a 49th place finish despite some calf troubles. Hailey’s time of 24:10 was not her best but the effort was there and that’s what matters at championship time. Freshman Sophie Walton finished 62nd in 26:37 and she seesawed back and forth with Junior Jenna Lee who finished in 64th with a time of 27:02. Jenny Villarreal gave it her all and finished 66th with a time of 27:19. Overall, the girls’ program finished in 8th place out of 10 teams in the conference. In the JV races, the boys’ team again placed 4th with a point total of 100. Dan Trost had the mind set of “going for it” and he really did and placed 6th overall with a time of 20:12. Jaden Salmieri really ran well, too, placing 14th overall in a time of 20:47. Peter Zimdars finished 27th, Wesley Salverson 30th, Evan Schepp 37th, Mason West 43rd, Andy Vo 44th, Michael Bigelow 65th, Carson Ellenwood 77th, Aldo Rodriguez 82nd, Justin Mitchell 90th, and Andrew Rollette in 94th. On the girls’ side the team placed 7th with a point total of 210. Freshman Olive Coburn was the first Whippet across the line in 36th and a time of 27:43. Nikole Pelot was next in 60th, Sophia Wagner in 62nd, Mackenzie LaFlash in 64th, and Rosie Aschenbrener in 66th. This is the end of the road for many runners on the team as just the varsity level moves on to compete at the WIAA Sectional hosted by Whitewater on Friday, October 19th. It is in this event that the top two teams and the top five finishers not on those two qualifying teams will earn a trip to compete the following weekend at the WIAA State Cross Country Meet. We hope to see you there!
Four Advance to Sectional Tennis
Four Whippet athletes qualified for this year's WIAA Sectional Tennis Tournament at East Troy on October 3. The girls played extremely well on both days as they won their way through the Sub-Sectional on October 2nd at UWW, but ran into top of the line competition on Wednesday. Sydney Treder, at 1 singles, faced Catholic Memorial's Lauren Carson, a potential top three finisher at next week's State Tournament. Sydney played some very nice tennis, but couldn't pull off the upset. Odessa Sonn and Sophie Olson, at 1 doubles, faced an even tougher challenge in defending State Champions Apostoli and Setter of Kenosha St. Joseph's. The St. Joe's pair has gone through the entire season undefeated as they move towards defending their title. Kaitlyn Partoll, at 4 singles, played some nice games all day but couldn't maintain the consistency needed to pull out the wins. The Whippets as a team finished 6th out of 18 for a very respectable end to the season.
Partoll and Laue Claim Conference Titles
The Girls’ Tennis Team had five flights advance to the finals at the Conference Meet! Kaitlyn Partoll and Cassidy Laue were Conference Champions at their flights. Way to go, Whippets!
Relay Team Claims Four First Place Finishes at Conference Relays
What a great first meet for the 2018 Girls Swim season! The team finished in sixth place at the SLC Conference Relays held at WHS on August 23. Bringing home the medals for our team were junior Brianna Zimdars and Ssphomores Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, and Amber Krebs. These girls combined to win four 1st place finishes – 4x100 IM Relay, 1000 Freestyle Crescendo Relay, 500 Freestyle Crescendo Relay, and the 4x100 Backstroke Relay. In the 4x100 IM relay the girls finished 11 seconds in front of all the other relays. The 1000 Freestyle was another outstanding race with our girls beating the field by 27 seconds! Ella Houwers rocked the unusual 300-yard distance with a 3:07 split! The 500 Crescendo was a little more competitive, but their experience and year round training showed with the girls coming out on top. All four girls had nice splits on the 500 Crescendo Relay. In the 4x100 Backstroke relay the girls were able to put in solid times and beat the entire field by 7 seconds.
Schumacher Named Second Team All-State
Alyssa Schumacher recently was named to the WFSCA All-State Second Team for softball. The sophomore catcher hit .551 this spring which places her third on the Whitewater softball all-time list for batting average. Schumacher passed Michelle Haines .549 (1984) to move into third place. Anna Lisa Lawton .558 (1991) holds the record with Missy Fojtik .554 (1983) in second. Alyssa was also named to the All-District First Team as well as being placed on the Janesville Gazette’s All-Area Team.