After re-breaking a pair of school records last Tuesday, Portage’s Brooklyn Miller was busy rewriting the record board again Tuesday night.
The speedy sophomore set a new record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 20.23 seconds as one of two wins in the Warriors’ 124-44 loss to Baraboo in a Badger North Conference dual meet at Rusch Elementary School. Miller’s mark, which shattered the previous record of 2:24.68 set by Kate Wolf in 2008, was something coach Tammy Tollefson saw coming.
“We have seen her do it in the yard pool and we know what she does in practice, so we knew she could have it,” she said. “She’s learning how to pace better, learning how to go for it and she really wanted it. To do it with four seconds to spare speaks highly to her strength.”
The victory, and the record that came with it, was especially sweet given it was Miller’s first time swimming the event competitively in a meter pool this season.
“I really have been focused on that race in particular. It was mostly just push as much as you can and finish strong,” she said.
For Miller, one of the biggest reasons to her success this season has been her teammates. According to the sophomore, her teammates have done a great job of pushing her this season. She’s also spent a good time keeping tabs on her opponents and is eager to see where that may lead her.
“I look at times, I study times and I look at who I need to beat and race for sectionals and conference, so I’m excited to see how it goes out,” she said.
Miller wasn’t the only one to pick up a victory for the Warriors as Rakelle Schultz took first in the 50 freestyle. The junior sprinted to a top time of 29.98 seconds, narrowly edging out Baraboo senior Danielle Crum (30.64).
“It’s a really nice swim because we’ve been trying to get these girls below 30 seconds in the meter pool and to have her do it in a 29.98 awesome,” Tollefson said. “She turned it on there and I think she can drop it even more. If we can carry that into yard pools for conference, she’s going to look good on those times.”
Unfortunately, the good vibes from the pair of wins was short-lived for the Warriors. The victories by Miller and Schultz sandwiched a pair of sweeps in the first four events by the Thunderbirds as Baraboo took a 43-19 lead at the break.
GALLERY: Portage vs. Baraboo girls swimming
Photos of the Portage and Baraboo girls swim teams facing off in a Badger North Conference Dual meet on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Rusch Elementary School in Portage. The Thunderbirds won nine of 11 events, including seven sweeps, to beat the Warriors 124-44. In the loss, Portage sophomore Brooklyn Miller set a new school record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 20.23 seconds.
Baraboo wasn’t finished, sweeping the first three events out of the intermission to go up 76-32. The Warriors somewhat stopped the bleeding when the team of Miller, Schultz, freshman Madi Routson and senior Allison Veglahn took third in the 200 freestyle relay (2:04.63).
Miller added a second place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:12.29, narrowly losing to Baraboo senior Mackenzie Koehler (1:12.03), but the damage was done. The T-Birds swept the last two events to put the meet out of reach.
“They’re really strong,” Tollefson said of Baraboo. “They train all year and have all that depth. We knew points-wise we’re not going to come out ahead; we just had to focus on our own swims tonight.”
That focus will continue into the final stretch of the season as the Warriors will look to keep improving ahead of the conference and sectional meets. According to Tollefson, the Warriors will continue to work on details and continue to cultivate the drive they had during last week’s nailbiting 87-83 loss to River Valley/Richland Center.
“They were fighting for the team and gave it their all,” she said. “To have that going into the final stretch of the season is where we need to keep that focus. It will help them encourage each other and stay focused on those details.”
BARABOO 124, PORTAGE 44
Winners and Portage results: 200-meter medley relay — 1, Baraboo, 2:17.42; 4, Portage (Benck, Andraschko, Kohn, Tofson), 2:35.10. 200 freestyle — 1, Miller, P, 2:20.23; 5, Kohn, P, 2:53.45; 6, Moyotl, P, 3:04.56. 200 individual medley — 1, Tock, B, 2:39.95; 4, Veglahn, P, 3:03.82; 5, Walters, P, 3:12.21. 50 freestyle — 1, Schultz, P, 29.98; 5, Andraschko, P, 33.48; 6, Benck, P, 36.18. 100 butterfly — 1, Tock, B, 1:08.39; 3, Kohn, P, 1:26.02; 4, Walters, P, 1:30.46. 100 freestyle — 1, H. Vittengl, B, 1:04.75; 4, Routson, P, 1:13.04; 5, Benck, P, 1:18.64. 400 freestyle — 1, E. Bradley, B, 5:10.31; 3, Copple, P, 6:26.30; 4, Moyotl, P, 6:29.63. 200 freestyle relay — 1, Baraboo, 2:01.00; 3, Portage (Miller, Schultz, Routson, Veglahn), 2:04.63; 5, Portage (Andraschko, Walters, Tofson, Moyotl), 2:20.55. 100 backstroke — 1, Koehler, B, 1:12.03; 2, Miller, P 1:12.29; 5, Schultz, P, 1:21.56; 6, Copple, P, 1:41.28. 100 breaststroke — 1, T. Bradley, B, 1:20.91; 4, Andraschko, P, 1:31.62; 5, Routson, P, 1:39.22; 6, Veglahn, P, 1:39.82. 400 freestyle relay — 1, Baraboo, 4:33.54; 4, Portage (Schultz, Veglahn, Routson, Miller), 4:52.85; 5, Portage (Moyotl, Benck, Kohn, Copple), 5:27.44.