MADISON — Portage sophomore Brooklyn Miller admitted to being a little nervous at the WIAA Division 2 state girls swimming and diving championships on Friday at the UW Natatorium.
It was the first state trip for Miller, the Warriors’ lone qualifier at the meet. She felt pressure to represent her school well — which she did by posting a personal record in the 200-yard freestyle, taking 13th place overall in 1 minute, 59.20 seconds.
“Mostly it was about me swimming a good race. That was what I went out to do and I think that I did that,” Miller said. “I swam my race, not someone else’s, so it was good. I don’t like to go out super fast; I like to pace myself a little more. So doing that I think really helped; I got a best time and that’s what I was going for.”
It was the first time Miller dropped under 2 minutes in the 200 free.
“I thought she did great. I wanted her to go out and have fun,” Portage coach Tammy Tollefson said. “She was a little stressed at sectionals, so we said you have to go out and swim your own race, don’t worry about the people around you and just leave it in the pool. She moved up three places and had amazing splits on this, so I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Miller mentioned she couldn’t have done it without the support of her team, which showed up in full force.
“It was awesome because they were all here supporting me, so it feels great,” Miller said.
Miller has her eyes on not only returning in the 200 free, but adding the backstroke and a relay or two to her state repertoire.
“The goal is to keep going back and keep on posting good times. Last year I narrowly missed out, so I used that as motivation to just try and push myself,” she said. “Definitely (want to qualify in) the backstroke. I’d like to do that because I’ve always been pretty close so I’ll try to get there, and also relays. I’d like to get a team here so we can all be together.”