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Ella Lohr

Baraboo's Ella Lohr swims the 200-yard individual medley during a September Badger North Conference dual meet against Waunakee at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo.

The Baraboo prep girls swimming team got a preview of the postseason Saturday.

The Thunderbirds took seventh out of 15 teams at the Small School State Invitational at Shorewood High School, a meet that Baraboo uses as a dry run for the Badger North Conference meet and WIAA sectional meet in November.

Baraboo had six top-five individual finishes on the way to scoring 194 team points. Madison Edgewood won the title with 355 points, followed by McFarland (275.5) and Shorewood (256).

The T-Birds finished in the top five of two of the three relays. Natalie Gneiser, Ella Lohr, Mattie Letendre and Anna Balfanz finished in 1 minute, 53.17 seconds to take third in the 200-yard medley relay, while Naomi Pelland, Letendre, Gneiser and Lohr placed fifth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:55.38).

Balfanz, Claire Huebsch, Rachel Laux and Pelland added an eighth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.74).

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Lohr had Baraboo’s best individual finish of the day, using a time of 1:10.57 to take third in the 100 breaststroke. Lohr (1:01.54) and Letendre (1:01.63) took fourth and fifth in the 100 butterfly.

Gneiser took fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:19.25), while Gneiser (1:02.88) and Letendre (ninth, 1:03.68) placed seventh and ninth, respectively, in the 100 backstroke.

Pelland also had a pair of top-10 swims. The junior placed seventh in the 100 freestyle (:56.68) and ninth in the 50 freestyle (:26.27).

Other point-scoring swims for Baraboo came from Balfanz, 10th in the 100 freestyle (:59.16), Emily Bradley in the 200 freestyle (15th, 2:11.76) and 500 freestyle (16th, 5:52.23), and Laux in the 200 IM (15th, 2:30.60),

The T-Birds will close out the dual schedule Tuesday at Lodi, then start preparing for the Badger North Conference meet Nov. 2 at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo. The T-Birds took third in the conference last year.

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