Since the middle portion of the season, Brooklyn Miller has thrived in the 200-yard freestyle.

The Portage sophomore standout continued that trend Saturday, punching her ticket to this Friday’s WIAA Division 2 state swimming and diving championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. Miller finished seventh in the 200 free at Saturday’s Stoughton sectional and earned an extra qualifying berth for the state meet, becoming the first Warriors state qualifier since Maria Wilson in the 100 butterfly in 2014.

Miller faced a stacked field with just six-tenths of a second separating fourth through seventh place in the event. Entering the event seeded third, Miller shaved off .19 seconds to finish in 2:00.11.

Miller later finished eighth in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.84.

While Miller was the lone state qualifier for the Warriors, she wasn’t the only one to have a successful meet. Portage, which finished 13th as a team with 53 points, swam to 12 best times out of its 21 swims, including five drops of 2 seconds or more.

The best improvement of the day came from Myah Tofson in the 500 freestyle. The senior, who also cut nearly a half-second off her seed time in the 50 freestyle, finished in 21st in the 500 but lopped 8.35 seconds off her seed time, finishing in a team-best 6:55.21.

Behind Tofson, sophomore Leigha Andraschko had the second-biggest drop in the 200 freestyle. Andraschko cut more than 7 seconds off her seed time, finishing 20th in 2:31.07.

Andraschko also helped the Warriors’ 200 medley relay to a season-best time. Teaming with junior Rakelle Schultz, freshman Madison Routson and senior Allison Veglahn, the foursome cut off nearly 5 seconds, swimming to an 11th-place finish in 2:02.36.

Along with the improved relay time, Schultz and Routson both dropped time in their individual events. Schultz swam a season-best 26.38 in the 50 freestyle to finish 17th in the event and later swam a best time of 1:04.20 in the 100 backstroke to finish in 15th.

Routson closed her freshman season on a high note, finishing with the Warriors’ best time of 1:01.76 in the 100 freestyle. Sophomore twins Josephine and Madeline Aldridge also had a successful season finale as both girls dropped significant time in individual events.

Josephine cut off just over 4 seconds en route to a 43rd finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:09.40, while Madeline cut just over 2 seconds off her seed time in the 100 butterfly (1:18.04).

Lodi/Wisconsin Heights takes 11th

The Lodi/Wisconsin Heights swim team finished 12th with 56 points in Stoughton.

The Blue Devils swam 20 best times out of 21 swims, with sophomore Julia Wiessing leading the way with a drop of more than 20 seconds in the 500 free. Lodi’s top individual finish of the day came from Brooke Presny in the 200 freestyle, as the sophomore dropped 2 seconds off of her seed time to finish in ninth place in 2:05.76.

Along with Presney, Moriah Drabenstadt posted a top-16 finish in the 100 breaststroke. The freshman cut nearly 4 seconds off her seed time, finishing in 16th with a time of 1:17.23.

Lodi/Heights’ top relay finish came in the 200 freestyle relay as the team of juniors Kara Loy and Alana Gilles, sophomore Riley Petrick and Presny took ninth in a time of 1:44.94.

DIVISION 2 STOUGHTON SECTIONAL

Team scores: Madison Edgewood 400, McFarland 291, DeForest 243.5, Baraboo 215, Sauk Prairie 175, Stoughton 169, Monona Grove 162.5, Monroe/New Glarus 154, Jefferson/Cambridge 102, Platteville/Lancaster 75, Edgerton 70, Lodi/Wisconsin Heights 56, Portage 53, River Valley/Richland Center 48.

Winners and Portage and Lodi/Wisconsin Heights results: 200 medley relay — Madison Edgewood, 1:46.09; 10, Lodi/Wisconsin Heights (Riley Petrick, Moriah Drabenstadt, Kara Loy, Brooke Presny), 1:57.92; 11, Portage (Rakelle Schultz, Leigha Andraschko, Madison Routson, Allison Veglahn), 2:02.36. 200 freestyle — 1, Rodriguez, MEd, 1:52.97; 7, Brooklyn Miller, Po, 2:00.11; 9, Brooke Presny, LWH, 2:05.76; 20, Leigha Andraschko, Po, 2:31.07; 21, Rachel Benck, Po, 2:38.40. 200 individual medley — 1, Silvestri, MEd, 2:06.10; 22, Allison Veglahn, Po, 2:34.21; 23, Meagan Beyer, LWH, 2:34.48; 24, Joye Hellenbrand, LWH, 2:36.30. 50 freestyle — 1, Moderski, McF, 23.47; 17, Rakelle Schultz, Po, 26.38; 26, Alana Gilles, LWH, 27.17; 27, Riley Petrick, LWH, 27.35; 32, Moriah Drabenstadt, 27.83; 38, Myah Tofson, Po, 32.32. 100 butterfly — 1, Tock, Bar, 58.11; 23, Meagan Beyer, LWH, 1:08.05; 26, Amanda Crowder, LWH, 1:09.70; 27, Madeline Aldridge, Po, 1:18.04; 28, Rylee Schmidt, LWH, 1:27.41. 100 freestyle — 1, Moderski, McF, 52.06; 18, Kara Loy, LWH, 58.08; 26, Alana Gilles, LWH, 1:00.16; 31, Madison Routson, Po, 1:01.76; 41, Alyssa Walters, Po, 1:07.57; 42, Micha Avila, LWH, 1:09.16; 43, Josephine Aldridge, Po, 1:09.40; 44, Rachel Benck, Po, 1:13.11; 45, Mariah Clark, LWH, 1:17.14. 500 freestyle — 1, Rodriguez, MEd, 5:07.18; 18, Julia Wiessing, LWH, 6:14.80; 21, Myah Tofson, Po, 6:55.21; 22, Moyotl, Po, 7:07.51; 23, Copple, Po, 7:16.69. 200 freestyle relay — 1, Madison Edgewood, 1:37.46; 9, Lodi/Wisconsin Heights (Kara Loy, Alana Gilles, Riley Petrick, Brooke Presny), 1:44.94; 13, Portage (Leigha Andraschko, Josephine Aldridge, Rachel Benck, Madeline Aldridge), 2:03.30. 100 backstroke — 1, Mek. Hammer, MNG, 57.80; 8, Brooklyn Miller, Po, 1:02.84; 15, Rakelle Schultz, Po, 1:04.20; 18, Riley Petrick, LWH, 1:07.76. 100 breaststroke — 1, Silvestri, MEd, 1:06.17; 15, Leigha Andraschko, Po, 1:17.20; 16, Moriah Drabenstadt, LWH, 1:17.23; 19, Allison Veglahn, Po, 1:20.75; 20, Joye Hellenbrand, LWH, 1:20.85; 21, Amanda Crowder, LWH, 1:21.03. 400 freestyle relay — 1, Madison Edgewood, 3:35.18; 10, Lodi/Wisconsin Heights (Brooke Presny, Alana Gilles, Meagan Beyer, Kara Loy), 3:54.88; 13, Portage (Rakelle Schultz, Madison Routson, Allison Veglahn, Brooklyn Miller), 3:58.61.

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