They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq.
The Blue Devils senior finished last in her only event, the 200-yard individual medley, but competing alongside of the best in the state was a worthy consolation prize.
The Thunderbirds and Eagles combined for seven podium finishes, including a pair of runner-up spots by Baraboo senior Ella Lohr, and each finished in the top-10 as a team.
The Blue Devils senior will close out her swim career Friday alongside first-year coach Natalie Price, a former two-time state qualifier from Sauk Prairie.
The three pillars have played a major role in the Thunderbirds' success this season, with prospects of another sterling state performance.
The Eagles had one of the more topsy turvy seasons this fall, practicing outdoors until Oct. 13, but are once again bringing a strong contingent
The Thunderbirds earned their first team runner-up finish since 2005 while qualifying eight individuals and three relays to state. Sauk Prairie added a combined 12 state qualifiers.
The six-time defending state champion Crusaders put a strong foot forward in pursuit of another title.
The Baraboo High School girls swim team typically uses Small School State to kick off the season’s stretch run.
The Baraboo volleyball team put Portage away in straight sets on Thursday night.
The Beaver Dam prep girls swim team lost 95-57 to Stoughton in a Badger East Conference meet Tuesday night.
The Badgers had ceremonies Friday to induct members of the Class of 2020 that was initially feted virtually last year as well as this year's 12-person group.
The Sauk Prairie and Baraboo high school girls swim teams finished second and third, respectively, in the four-team Baraboo Relays on Saturday.
Wisconsin regulators have backed down on demands that operators of a startup that allows private homeowners to rent their swimming pools by the hour said would kill their business.
The Baraboo girls' swim team outswam a trio of rivals to win Tuesday's home quadrangular at Jack Young Middle School.
The Baraboo girls’ swim team opened the 2021 season with a runner-up finish in a 10-team invitational at New Berlin Eisenhower on Saturday.
Leising takes over after spending two years as an assistant alongside Tammy Tollefson, who stepped down after six season ahead of the 2021 fall campaign.
It’s rare to put a freshman on a list like this, but Paradis is a year-round competitive swimmer who has swam at the national level and is expected to contribute immediately. Her coaches note that she is strong in several events and expect to utilize her versatility throughout the season. On a team with several seniors, Paradis could provide the boost that gives Monroe/New Glarus the chance to compete in states.
An all-state selection as a freshman, Acker will swim mainly freestyle and backstroke events. For her class, she’s ranked 19th in the state and 537th nationally, and is known for her versatile abilities. According to her coach, Melani Guentherman, she would have been all-state in multiple events based on season-best times.
As arguably the top swimmer of the nine seniors on this season’s Madison West team, Weygandt will compete in the individual medley and freestyle races, according to coach Amanda Ellmaker. In the class of 2022, Weygandt is the 23rd-ranked swimmer in the state and just inside the top 1,000 nationally. Ellmaker added that Weygandt plans to swim in college but has not committed to a school.
The indoor sports of girls and boys volleyball and girls swimming and diving likely will be most affected by mask mandates in area counties. Area schools again were faced with changes just as the fall season began, after a 2020-21 school year dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and county health and gathering orders.