Beata Nelson stole the show today, winning both of her individual events and providing stellar relay splits and breaking her own national public HS record in the 100 fly. You can read more about that new record here.
She first led off Verona/Mt. Holeb’s medley relay with a 24.81 backstroke split, powering them to a lead that proved insurmountable as they took the event at 1:43.96, finishing ahead of Arrowhead, who was kicking off their big points push for the team title.
Nelson won the 100 fly in 51.62, setting a new national public HS record and coming within a tenth of Katie McLaughlin‘s 100 fly overall HS record. She swam to the win in the 100 back, too, posting a 52.13 to blow out the field by more than two seconds and take her D1 state record down by 1.02 seconds. Finally, Nelson blasted a 21.88 anchor leg on the 200 free relay as Verona/Mt. Holeb grabbed first in that, too.
Nelson may have been the popular name on headlines from today’s meet, but Stanford commit also Katie Drabot swam a fantastic meet and lowered some of her personal records, as well. Drabot, swimming for Cedarburg, won the 200 free (1:44.21) by over five and a half seconds and then led a Cedarburg 1-2 with Skylar Fore in the 100 free. Drabot was 48.55 and Fore was 49.92, just squeaking in under 50 seconds.
Drabot set new D1 state records in both of her wins today, taking a sizable portion off of the 100 record (a 49.77 set in 1998 by Cortnee Adams) and nearly clearing 1:44 in her first time under 1:45 in the 200.
She also led off Cedarburg’s 6th place 200 free relay in 22.64 (setting a new state record after Arrowhead’s Kelly Jacob broke Nelson’s old record of 22.97 in the individual 50 free with a 22.84) and anchored their title-earning 400 free relay in 48.64. Drabot leaves Wisconsin D1 swimming as the state record holder in the 50, 100, 200, and 500 free, as well as the 200 IM.
Cassy Jernberg earned a big win in the 500 free, posting a 4:46.93 as the only swimmer under 4:50 after finishing 3rd in the 200 free. The Milwaukee King senior is heading to Indiana next fall.
Other individual winners included Cedarburg sophomore Lillie Hosack in the 200 IM (2:00.51), Muskego junior Lauren Stigler in the 100 breast (1:02.97), and Racine Case junior Tatum Thompkins in 1 mtr diving (466.50).
While Arrowhead only won the 50 free, they were powered in the team scores by runner-up finishes in the 200 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 500 free, and all three relays. Sarah Laabs, Megan Doty, and Abby Cabush were huge parts of this team effort for them.
Arrowhead – 301
Middleton – 211
Cedarburg – 206
Verona/Mt. Holeb – 200
Madison Memorial – 165.5