It was a fun night of swimming for the Baraboo High School girls swimming team on Tuesday when the Thunderbirds hosted Lodi for Senior Night.
Baraboo’s numbers advantage was more than enough to defeat the Blue Devils as the T-Birds won 134-36, but several swimmers highlighted the meet with fast times as well.
One of those swimmers was senior Mackenzie Koehler, who took first in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 free by big margins. Koehler finished the 200 in 2 minutes, 2.64 seconds, ahead of Taylor Bradley in second (2:09.04), while taking first in the 100 by nearly a 3-second margin, recording a 55.85 while Hannah Vittengl took second (58.29) and Bradley took third (59.64).
“Mackenzie Koehler, her freestyle is really coming on,” Baraboo coach Lynn Keeling said. “She swam great Saturday and once again today.”
Koehler also led off Baraboo’s “A” team relays, which were comprised of only seniors for the first time.
“It was fun. It was Senior Night, so we had the relays lined up seniors versus the juniors on the free relays,” Keeling said.
Koehler posted the fastest split for the seniors in the 200 free relay with a 25.81, and was followed by seniors Danielle Crum (25.94), Izzy DuBray (28.12) and Leah Erdman (27.57). The quartet took first with a 1:47.44, but the junior team was less than a half-second behind. Juniors Hannah Vittengl (26.73), Eva Frank (27.96), Kirby Tock (26.62) and Bradley (26.52) took second with a time of 1:47.83.
The juniors got their revenge in the 400 free relay, with the identical junior team taking first with a 3:55.98 while Koehler, Crum, Paige Goeckermann and DuBray took second (3:58.27). Baraboo also took first and second in the only other relay, the 200 medley. Junior Caroline Schick (30.72), freshman Maria Vittengl (36.02), freshman Mattie Letendre (28.56) and Crum (25.87) took first (2:01.17) while Giselle Riem (31.28), Jenna Kothbauer (39.91), Naomi Pelland (29.21) and Frank (26.88) took second (2:07.28).
In other individual events, Baraboo’s Kirby Tock, Pelland and Emily Bradley took first (2:20.52), second (2:21.55) and third (2:27.01) in the 200 IM, while Tock, Letendre and DuBray did the same in the 100 butterfly with times of 1:00.62, 1:05.86 and 1:07.72. Hannah Vittengl took first in the 50 free (26.46), while Emily Bradley took first in the 500 free (5:52.46). Leah Erdman took second (5:57.76) while Kothbauer took third (6:32.59).
Baraboo had a strong performance in the 100 backstroke, with Crum taking first (1:04.94), Schick in second (1:08) and Riem in third (1:09.29). Keeling said she was also impressed with Maria Vittengl in the 100 breaststroke, as the freshman raced to a personal best time of 1:16.55 to take first in the event by a significant margin.
With only two more meets remaining in the regular season, Keeling is already reflecting on her stellar senior class. Baraboo’s seniors were recognized during Tuesday’s meet.
“They’re great. It’s a big group,” Keeling said of her seniors. “I think they’re all realizing just how much they’re going to miss this.”
Baraboo will travel to UW-Platteville on Saturday before hosting the Badger North Conference meet next Friday.