It came down to the final event in DeForest on Tuesday night.
The Baraboo and DeForest girls swim teams went back-and-forth all night, but the Norskies took the last event to hand Baraboo an 86-84 Badger North Conference dual loss in DeForest.
“Fun meet,” Baraboo head coach Lynn Keeling said on Tuesday night. “Our medleys and 200 free relays kept us in it, taking first and third. It was so close. The girls were so supportive of each other and really showed class at the end.”
DeForest claimed the final event of the night, using a time of 3 minutes, 44.86 seconds to win the 400-yard freestyle relay, beating out Baraboo's time of 3:52.84.
The T-Birds won the other two relays. Mackenzie Koehler, Kirby Tock, Taylor Bradley and Hannah Vittengl used a time of 1:54.84 to win the 200-yard medley relay, while Tock, Taylor Bradley, Danielle Crum and Naomi Pelland won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:46.52.
Taylor Bradley also won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.70), while Emily Bradley (1:17.06) and Maria Vittengl (1:19.01) took third and fourth, respectively, in the event.
Tock won the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.76) and took third in the 200-yard individual medley (2:25.45).
Baraboo senior Leah Erdman swam to a runner-up finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:54.79).
"Best swim of the night was Leah Erdman taking second in the 500 free," Keeling said. "She broke the 6-minute mark with a 5:54.79."
Koehler (1:03.90) and Crum (1:05.53) placed second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke, while Koehler also took second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.07).
Hannah Vittengl (:58.37), Pelland (:58.56) and Crum (:59.88) finished second through fourth in the 100-yard freestyle. Vittengl also placed third in the 50-yard freestyle (:26.39).
Baraboo will get some time off before hosting a Badger North dual against Waunakee on Tuesday at Jack Young Middle School.