Nelson, Drabot Impress as Arrowhead Wins Wisconsin HS D1 Champs

Full Results

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 LaabsMegan Doty, and Abby Cabush were huge parts of this team effort for them.

Final Scores

Arrowhead – 301
Middleton – 211
Cedarburg – 206
Verona/Mt. Holeb – 200
Madison Memorial – 165.5

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7 years ago

one question: why does Beata decide to commit to the Badgers? I am a huge fan of Beata and the Badgers but I think she should have went to a bigger and better place like Cal or

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7 years ago

Beata probably wants to stay close to home, and Wisconsin is a good enough program to push her (think Ivy Martin).
At Cal, Beata would be just another Tran/Bootsma/Pelton/Thomas/Osman/Bilquist, etc etc etc. Over the last few years, Cal has recruited absurd levels of Bk/Fly talent, but produced mixed results from them.

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7 years ago

And talking about Katie Drabot, I’ve found a little TV report from last September about her.

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7 years ago

Great performances by Nelson and Drabot.
From a long course point of view, I would say that Katie Drabot shows we must seriously count on her for an olympic qualification next year in the US 4X200 free relay. She’s on the right track.
Beata Nelson is a monster yards swimmer and will be a college star.

7 years ago

Although Beata swam a great meet. Drabot definitely stole the show with pool and State records in both her events and leading off her 200 free relay with a split of 22.64 beating the state record that was broke tonight. Wisconsin has 2 best swimmers in the nation from the class of 2016. More attention from WISCA has always gone toward Beata. Let’s be fair WiSCA and give credit to where credit is due!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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