Natalie Gneiser

Baraboo's Natalie Gneiser swims at the 2018 WIAA Division 2 state championships in Madison.

The Baraboo Riptide youth swim team opened the 2019 season with a loss to Cross Plains at home.

The Riptide were outscored 472-189 in Saturday’s dual meet — the boys were beaten 250-80, while the girls fell 222-109.

The Riptide swept the girls 11- and 12-year-old 50-meter freestyle. Kennedy Klongland touched the wall in 34.31 seconds to take first, followed immediately by Karlie Wegner (:35.63) and Leah Hess (:36.94). Wegner (1:21.77) and Klongland (1:24.63) also took first and second in the 100 freestyle.

McKenzie Stute won a pair of individual events in the girls 11-12 age group. She won the 100 individual medley in 1:21.26, while Stute (:43.33) and Bella Brown (:44.82) took first and second in the 50 breaststroke.

Natalie Gneiser took home titles in the girls 15-18 50 breaststroke (:37.58) and the 50 backstroke (:33.25).

Luke Stelling and Jacob Laux each won events in the boys 15-18 age group. Stelling claimed the 50 backstroke in :33.34, while Laux won the 50 breaststroke in :33.38.

Other first-place finishes for Baraboo individuals came from Gianna Stuczynski in the girls 8-and-under 25 backstroke (:26.13); Vadzim Kandrykinski in the boys 11-12 50 breaststroke (:51.84); Colson Zimmerman in the boys 8-and-under 25 butterfly (:30.89); Maggie Holiday in the girls 9-10 50 butterfly (:45.21) and Molly Holiday in the girls 8-and-under 25 freestyle (:22.65).

The Riptide won six relay events on the day. Rachel Wegner, Grace Carter, Makennah Peterson and Maggie Holiday won the girls 9-10 200 freestyle relay in 3:07.27. Abbey Vick, Clare Stuczynski, Brown and Rachel Laux won the girls 13-14 200 freestyle relay (2:21.44). Gabe Shepherd, Ryan Reuter, Brady Henry and Luke Statz won the boys 13-14 200 freestyle relay (2:07.75). Jake Orkfritz, Matthew Makowski, Logan Bradley and Alekz Makowski won the boys 11-12 200 medley relay (2:57.27). Klongland, Stute, Ophelia Swallen and Karlie Wegner won the girls 11-12 200 medley relay (2:34.82). Zimmerman, Gavin Bradley, Nicholas Gneiser and Colton Belschner won the boys 8-and-under 100 medley relay (2:24.96).

Baraboo will host Spring Green at 8 a.m. Saturday at the outdoor swimming pool.

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