Edgewood High School (Madison, WI) has risen in the ranks over the past few seasons to now reign supreme in Wisconsin’s High School Division 2 Championships. In 2013, they finished just 10th, then climbed to 2nd last year and now have themselves a state title. In their victory, they denied Grafton its third consecutive state trophy.
Grafton first set a new D2 record in the 200 medley relay, going 1:45.87 for the win and taking down Shorewood’s 1:46.22 record from 2013.
Edgewood was led by two individual wins and one relay win Friday. First, junior Ginger Lingard extended her streak to three straight, winning the 1 mtr diving competition by over sixty points. She’s the D2 state record holder in the event. In the second swimming event of the day, Edgewood sophomore Kelly Rodriguez ended up tying Wendy Pfefferkorn for the 200 free win, both going 1:52.40.
Edgewood flexed their muscles in the 200 free relay, going a 1:36.74 and distancing themselves from Grafton, who finished 14th. Edgewood got a 23.87 lead off from freshman Kaitlyn Barth.
Barth was shut out of a 50 free title, however, as McFarland freshman Alexandra Moderski sprinted to a new D2 state record of 22.84 which took seven hundredths off of Sam Senczyszyn‘s 2013 mark. Moderski definitely spoke volumes with her times today– the high school frosh skirted ahead of Kristin Malone‘s D2 record of 50.28 with her 50.26 to win that title. Grafton’s Mallory Fox finished up 2nd behind Moderski in both races.
Grafton also got a big day from junior Autumn Haebig, who broke Bridgette Alexander’s D2 mark of 55.45 in the 100 back with her 54.95. She swam this shortly after winning the 500 free (4:54.72) by more than 11 seconds. Haebig would split a 51.76 on Grafton’s 400 free relay, which touched out McFarland by roughly half of a second for the win, but Edgewood would come away on top in the team race with 277.5 points to McFarland’s 220 and Grafton’s 203.5.
Other event winners included McFarland’s Sara Hagen in the 100 breast (1:03.43) and 100 fly (56.27) and Greendale’s Carolyn Jungers in the 200 IM (2:05.12).
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