Edgewood Cruises to 3rd Straight Wisconsin D2 Girls High School Title

by Andrew Mering 0

November 10th, 2017 High School, News

2017 WIAA GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. Edgewood 346
  2. New Berlin Eisenhower 202
  3. McFarland 194.5
  4. Tomahawk 142
  5. Whitefish Bay 134.5

Edgewood won their third straight Wisconsin D2 girls high school state championship in style tonight. Edgewood scored 346 points and set 3 state records to handily beat 2nd place New Berlin Eisenhower’s 202 points. Edgewood was led by their pair of star seniors: Jenna Silvestri who transferred to Edgewood this year, and Kelly Rodriguez a 4 year standout for the Crusaders. Each won 2 individual events and were part of 2 championship relays. University of Kentucky recruit Rodriguez broke the only individual state record of the night with a time of 1:48.39 in the 200 free, besting the old record by .44. She also went a 4:53.64 to win the 500 free by 12 seconds. University of Wisconsin recruit Silvestri took wins in the 200 IM (2:04.03) and the 100 breast (1:04.13).

Asked about her star seniors after the meet, Edgewood coach Emily Schwabe said “The development of Kelly throughout her 4 years was phenomenal. Just watching her grow mentally and physically, realizing how tough she was as she kind of grew up was really cool to watch. She realized she could do anything she set her mind to, and that’s not something she thought as a Freshman. That was really cool to see.”

“Getting Jenna Silvestri on our team was such a gain. Culturally, mentally, and just as a good role model to all the younger girls. She’s a really tough swimmer and she hates losing. She’s one of the most competitive people I know and she does a really good job.”

Edgewood won all three relays, with their 200 Medley and 200 Free relays breaking the old state records. The 200 medley relay team of Kaitlyn Barth, Silvestri, Issy Petersen, and Maeve O’Driscoll went a 1:44.59 to break the old record by over a second. The 200 free relay team of O’Driscoll, Barth, DeeDee Walker and Rodriguez won the 200 free relay in a time of 1:35.26, besting the 8 year old record by .76.

Schwabe said those records have been a target all season for her team. “This year’s team was hungry. They were ready. They’ve been really close to some state records that they wanted. They got to a point where they wanted to do more than just win. They wanted to kinda make history and set some new marks for people to try to achieve.”

There were plenty of individual stand outs not swimming for the Edgewood. McFarland junior Alexandra Moderski won the 50/100 free double with times of 22.91 and 50.69. In both events she fell just short of besting her own state records from 2 years ago. Bella Passamani of runners up New Berlin Eisenhower went a 55.77 to win the 100 fly (she was also 2nd to Rodriguez in the 500 only 2 events later). The breakout star of the meet was Mekenzie Hammer of Monroe/New Glarus who won the 100 back in 58.22, just touching out Maddie Guman of New Berlin Eisenhower by .03. Nikki Benedict of Monona Grove won the diving event with a score of 481.20.

With 3 of the top 4 individual points scorers graduating there will be new swimmers dominating the headlines in next year’s meet. However, Edgewood’s streak could continue as they return the most points with 146 non senior individual points this year. McFarland is next with 82 returning points (full returning points by team table is below the individual points table). Schwabe is confident in her team’s ability to stretch the streak to 4 next year. “I think we’ve got some really good, talented sophomores and juniors that are ready to keep it going.”

Individual Points

Name School Year Individual Points
1 Kelly Rodriguez Edgewood SR 40
1 Jenna Silvestri Edgewood SR 40
1 Alexandra Moderski McFarland JR 40
4 Bella Passamani New Berlin Eisenhower SR 37
5 Mekenzie Hammer Monroe/New Glarus FR 34
6 DeeDee Walker Edgewood SO 33
6 Kaitlyn Barth Edgewood JR 33
8 Katie Hayes Brown Deer/Univ School of Milw JR 32
9 Emma Gatzke New Berlin Eisenhower FR 31
9 Maeve O’Driscoll Edgewood SO 31
11 Kylee Theiler Tomahawk SO 30
11 Kelly McElvain Whitnall SR 30
11 Issy Petersen Edgewood JR 30
14 Ella Houwers Whitewater FR 28
15 Mariah Marowsky Fort Atkinson JR 26
15 Camryn Hargraves DeForest JR 26
17 Ines Bengana Whitefish Bay JR 25.5
18 Sofia Bormett Stoughton FR 25
18 Maddie Kooima Stoughton SR 25
18 Lauren Steien Black River Falls Co-op SO 25
18 Emily Landwehr McFarland SO 25
22 Anna Oleniczak New Berlin Eisenhower SO 24
22 Maddie Guman New Berlin Eisenhower JR 24
24 Erin Bergman Medford FR 22
25 Madelyn Hammer Monroe/New Glarus SR 21
26 Nikki Benedict Monona Grove SR 20
26 Maya Schneider Shorewood SR 20
28 Mallory Todd Edgewood SO 19
28 Nicole Beckman Whitnall JR 19
28 Harper Dix Whitefish Bay SR 19
31 Haley Willis DeForest SO 18
31 Gaby de Moya-Cotter Edgerton SO 18
31 Carissa Henderson Menomonie SR 18
34 Dailey Albino New Berlin West SR 17
35 Hallory Domnick Ashwaubenon FR 16.5
36 Trinity McNall Monona Grove FR 16
36 Brooke Miles Whitnall SR 16
36 Ella Weaver McFarland SO 16
39 Bella Smith Whitnall FR 15
39 Hannah Kujawa Greendale SO 15
39 Kirby Tock Baraboo JR 15
42 Sarah Hamilton New Berlin West SR 14
43 Danielle Tesky Plymouth JR 13
43 Taylor Bradley Baraboo JR 13
43 Emma Oleniczak New Berlin Eisenhower SR 13
43 Emma Steffel Ashwaubenon SR 13
43 Kaylie Svacina Tomahawk JR 13
48 Erin Schuh Seymour JR 12
48 Brianna Homontowski Greendale JR 12
48 Katelyn Holmstrom Rice Lake JR 12
51 Mary Holmes Brown Deer/Univ School of Milw SR 11
51 Riley Dix Whitefish Bay FR 11
51 Marnie Martin DeForest JR 11
51 Rachel Dallman Tomahawk SR 11
51 Grace Fanshaw Whitewater SR 11
56 Brianna Back Monona Grove FR 10
56 Emily Hanson McFarland SR 10
58 Eva Mikla River Falls FR 9
58 Olivia Konzen Grafton JR 9
60 Makenna Winnicki Rhinelander FR 8
61 Brooke Sullivan New Berlin Eisenhower SR 7
61 Paige Pelikan New Berlin West SR 7
61 Lydia Barnes Whitefish Bay JR 7
61 Sara Desing Whitefish Bay JR 7
61 Madison Albert-Nelson Platteville/Lancaster SO 7
66 Melody Greenwood Menomonie FR 6.5
66 Megan Duffy Jefferson/Cambridge JR 6.5
68 Madison Berg River Falls FR 6
68 Mikayla Pennewell Fort Atkinson FR 6
68 Gabby Hrdlick Brookfield Academy SR 6
68 Sydney Rall Sauk Prairie SR 6
68 Kyra Billmann McFarland SR 6
73 Karlie Woodall Tomahawk FR 5
73 Mackenzie Koehler Baraboo SR 5
73 Mariah Chao Sauk Prairie JR 5
73 Brianna Zimdars Whitewater SO 5
73 Megan Marcks Tomahawk JR 5
73 Anna Czubak Shorewood JR 5
79 Isabel Seyffer River Falls FR 4
79 Brooklyn Miller Portage SO 4
79 Kathleen Coley Plymouth SR 4
79 Katherine O’Connell Ashwaubenon SR 4
79 Mackenzi Matson DeForest SO 4
79 Kara Friske Kohler Co-op SR 4
79 Hannah Vittengl Baraboo JR 4
86 Molly Banks Sturgeon Bay Co-op JR 3.5
86 Hannah Nygaard McFarland SR 3.5
88 Isabella McCabe Plymouth SO 3
88 Anna Pilecky DeForest SR 3
88 Trinity Kanitz Merrill SO 3
88 Lauren Klawiter Seymour FR 3
92 Jessica Coffin Menomonie SR 2
93 Sophia Scolman Grafton FR 1
93 Abi Schauske Sturgeon Bay Co-op FR 1
93 Haley Harris Rice Lake JR 1
93 Amy Schlicht Stoughton FR 1
93 Maddie Seyffer River Falls SR 1
93 Abigail Harrington McFarland SO 1
93 Allie Longacre Whitefish Bay JR 1

Returning Individual Points

Team Returning Individual Points
1 Edgewood 146
2 McFarland 82
3 New Berlin Eisenhower 79
4 DeForest 59
5 Tomahawk 53
6 Whitefish Bay 51.5
7 Monroe/New Glarus 34
7 Whitnall 34
9 Whitewater 33
10 Fort Atkinson 32
10 Baraboo 32
10 Brown Deer/Univ School of Milw 32
13 Greendale 27
14 Monona Grove 26
14 Stoughton 26
16 Black River Falls Co-op 25
17 Medford 22
18 River Falls 19
19 Edgerton 18
20 Ashwaubenon 16.5
21 Plymouth 16
22 Seymour 15
23 Rice Lake 13
24 Grafton 10
25 Rhinelander 8
26 Platteville/Lancaster 7
27 Menomonie 6.5
27 Jefferson/Cambridge 6.5
29 Sauk Prairie 5
29 Shorewood 5
31 Sturgeon Bay Co-op 4.5
32 Portage 4
33 Merrill 3
34 Brookfield Academy 0
34 Kohler Co-op 0
34 New Berlin West 0

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