Several Whippet Fall Athletes were recognized at the WUSD School Board Meeting on November 25 for their state performances. Sophomore Gio Anello competed his second season this fall in a Whippet CC uniform in dramatic fashion. Gio earned his first-1st team All Rock Valley Conference honor by placing 6th in the RVC meet. A week later he punched his ticket to state by claiming the final individual qualifying spot. At state, he reached new heights and ran a perfect race to secure 25th place out of 152 runners. Gio was the 2nd best finisher in the State Meet not only from our conference but also from our sectional. Finally, outside of alumni Brett Harms from 2010-2013, Gio is the highest finisher since Jordan Maas who placed 20th in 1997. Congratulations! Gio is pictured with Steve Ryan, Clerk, WUSD School Board. The Whippets came to race on Friday, November 15th at the State Swim Meet! The 200 Medley Relay (Foucault BA 28.69, Houwers BR 29.82, Zimdars FLY 26.67, Krebs FR 26.29) seeded 10th going into the race, won their heat and knocked three other teams out of the top heat! The Whippets ended with a new School Record time of 1:51.47 and earned 6th place medals! Ella Houwers backed up her lifetime best swim by posting another 2:06 in the 200 Individual Medley earning 2nd place overall (2:06.99)! Brianna Zimdars beat her own school record in the 100 Butterfly and finished 12th overall with a 1:00.16! The Whippets continued to swim well in the second half of the meet. Brianna Zimdars finished with a 5th place medal in the 500 Freestyle with a lifetime best time 5:18.20! The 200 Freestyle Relay (Houwers 24.99, Foucault 24.89, Krebs 26.02, Zimdars 24.88) ended up in 7th place with a new school record 1:40.72. Ella Houwers broke the 50 Freestyle record on the lead off leg of the relay. Finishing out the night, was Ella Houwers winning the 100 Breaststroke for the second year in a row! Ella posted a lifetime best time 1:05.07 and broke her own school record! Shout out to freshman Grace Foucault and Amber Krebs for their outstanding relay splits! It was a great night to be a Whippet! Amber Krebs, Grace Foucault, and Amber Krebs are pictured with Jim Stewart, Treasurer, WUSD School Board. Photos courtesy of Tom Ganser.