For the third consecutive season, Brooklyn Miller will end her season at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.
The Portage senior became the first-ever Warriors swimmer to qualify for state three times as she earned a pair of third-place finishes at Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Baraboo sectional meet at Jack Young Middle School.
Miller took third in the 200-yard freestyle and added a bronze medal in the 500 free to help lead the Warriors, who finished in 11th place as a team with 58 points. Defending D2 team champion Madison Edgewood finished first at the 13-team meet with 353 points, well ahead of runner-up McFarland (297). Host Baraboo finished fourth with 200 points.
The first-place individual and relay team in each event received automatic state berths, and then the individuals with the 12 best times in each event counting all sectionals, excluding the sectional winners, also advanced.
“It was great,” Portage coach Tammy Tollefson said Sunday of Miller making it to state. “As we’ve talked about before, it was just an unusual season for her and for her to take third in both events yesterday, and have times that we were very confident in based on qualifying standards the last two years, it made for a great day.”
After winning the 200 free at last Saturday’s Badger North Conference meet, Miller failed to keep up with Madison Edgewood’s Izzy Enz and Stoughton’s Sofia Bormett. She was, however, able to set a new personal best time as she finished in 1 minute, 57.81 seconds.
Miller trimmed just shy of a second off her winning time from the Badger North meet. Tollefson was very pleased with this week’s swim and said that Miller “felt in control of that race the whole time.”
“There were some things we talked about afterwards that we’ll switch up a bit for state,” Tollefson said. “But to come back with not just matching the time but dropping it slightly I thought was good for her mentally and shows us where she is.”
Miller followed up the 200 with another cut in time in the 500, trimming off over a second from her seed time. She again fell short of the top spot on the podium, taking third with a 5:25.18.
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With a state qualifying standard of 5:31 last season, Tollefson said they felt good about Miller’s time following the sectional meet. While Tollefson admitted Miller’s race looked different “that time was right onto the other one and we couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Miller wasn’t the only swimmer from the area to qualify for state as Lodi/Wisconsin Heights senior Brooke Presny did so in both the 200 free and 100 butterfly.
Presny, who became the first Blue Devils state qualifier since Sierra Sachtjen in 2011, started strong as she finished fifth in the 200. Entering seeded sixth, she moved up a spot behind a two-plus second drop to finish with a time of 2:00.33.
She also moved up a pair of spots and cut time in the butterfly. Seeded 10th entering Saturday, Presny jumped up to eighth place in the event, shaving 1.6 seconds off her time to finish in 1:00.40.
After missing the podium in each of her first two trips to state, Miller is positioned to reach the medal stand for the first time next Friday as she will be seeded 8th in the 200 free and 12th in the 500 free. Presny will have some work to do as she is seeded 12th in the 200 free and 14th in the butterfly.
The Warriors and Blue Devils combined to have three other individuals score points. For Lodi, sophomore Ella Puls finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.56 and also took 11th in the 200 individual medley (2:20.77), while senior Riley Petrick took 14th in the 100 backstroke (1:03.64).
For Portage, sophomore Natalie Weidner took 15th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:28.26. She added an 18th place finish in the 100 freestyle (:59.31) and junior Rubie Kohn took 19th in the 100 butterfly (1:06.08) and 20th in the 100 backstroke (1:11.64).
Despite having tapered for last week’s Badger North Conference meet, Portage’s Weidner still managed to drop 0.14 seconds off her previous personal best in the 100 frees, while Kohn cut time off both of her individual events. Senior Camryn Humke cut time in both of her individual events, while the rest of the Warriors were right near their seed times, a positive sign for Tollefson.
“It’s that idea that you taper at one point, it’s really hard to come back within a short period of time and do that again, and for them to have all done that, it speaks to how well they trained,” she said.
Brooklyn Miller, Brooke Presny and Kassandra Miller
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Top-three finishers and Portage and Lodi/Wisconsin Heights results: 200-yard medley relay — 1, Edgewood, 1:48.27; 2, McFarland, 1:48.64; 3, Baraboo, 1:48.81; 8, Lodi/Wisconsin Heights (Petrick, Puls, Presny, Lochner), 1:57.24; 12, Portage (Miller, Weidner, Kohn, Routson), 2:02.52. 200 freestyle — 1, Enz, MEd, 1:53.24; 2, Bormett, Sto, 1:54.93; 3, Miller, P, 1:57.81; 5, Presny, LWH, 2:00.53; 20, Wiessing, LWH, 2:12.09; 24, Crary, LWH, 2:21.39; 25, Lochner, LWH, 2:21.43; 27, Humke, P, 2:40.10. 200 individual medley — 1, teDuits, MEd, 2:13.11; 2, Schmitt, Edg, 2:13.34; 3, Willis, DeF, 2:13.98; 11, Puls, LWH, 2:20.77; 15, Weidner, P, 2:28.26; 19, Groshek, LWH, 2:37.86; 22, Brisky, LWH, 2:49.52. 50 freestyle — 1, O’Driscoll, MEd, :24.13; 2, Reid, MEd, :24.43; 3, Boehning, DeF, :24.61; 23, Drabenstadt, LWH, :27.94; 25, Routson, P, :29.63; 26, Andraschko, P, :29.82. 100 butterfly — 1, Enz, MEd, :58.53; 2, Stein, BRF, :58.65; 8, Presny, LWH, 1:00.40; 19, Kohn, P, 1:06.08; 27, Groshek, LWH, 1:16.64. 100 freestyle — 1, O’Driscoll, MEd, :52.52; 2, Freeman, McF, :52.71; 3, Reid, MEd, :52.96; 18, Weidner, P, :59.31; 20, Petrick, LWH, :59.56; 25, Lochner, LWH, 1:04.16; 27, Routson, P, 1:04.64; 28, Crary, LWH, 1:05.85. 500 freestyle — 1, Erstad, MNG, 5:14.01; 2, Schieldt, Edg, 5:22.99; 3, Miller, P, 5:25.18; 21, Wiessing, LWH, 5:54.06. 200 freestyle relay — 1, Edgewood, 1:38.51; 2, DeForest, 1:40.13; 3, Sauk Prairie, 1:41.84; 9, Lodi/Wisconsin Heights (Puls, Lochner, Petrick, Presny), 1:45.41. 100 backstroke — 1, Freeman, McF, :56.26; 2, teDuits, MEd, :57.85; 3, Gorski, Edg, :59.14; 14, Petrick, LWH, 1:03.64; 20, Kohn, P, 1:11.64; 27, Humke, P, 1:24.39. 100 breaststroke — 1, Lohr, Bar, 1:06.07; 2, Landwehr, McF, 1:07.10; 3, Willis, DeF, 1:07.20; 10, Puls, LWH, 1:11.56; 21, Andraschko, P, 1:19.18. 400 freestyle relay — 1, Edgewood, 3:34.49; 2, DeForest, 3:39.31; 3, McFarland, 3:41.63; 10, Portage (Weidner, Routson, Kohn, Miller), 4:00.70; 11, Lodi/Wisconsin Heights (Wiessing, Drabenstadt, Groshek, Crary), 4:17.27. At Jack Young Middle School.
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