Swimmers break record with 10th conference win

Girls swim team had their tenth consecutive varsity conference win on October 31. According to Eva Jorn, senior, winning conference had been a team goal all season.

“We went into the season with that being one of our goals like, ‘we have got to win it for the tenth year in a row.’ Even at the very beginning of the season we thought like, ‘I have to work really hard on this set so I can win conference,’” Jorn said.

Tom Miazga, head coach, is new to the team this year. At conference he wanted to win for the tenth annual time and become more familiar with the team.

“Our biggest goal was to win conference for the tenth year in a row. But for me a lot of it right now is getting my feet wet and getting used to these girls,” Miazga said.

“I’ve been coaching over at Cedarburg and Grafton before this and as a head coach for the first time. This is a new experience. I learned a lot. It was really exciting and didn’t really have many expectations, I just wanted to make sure the girls had fun and we got that conference title,” Miazga said.

Varsity had a combined score of 399.5. The runner ups New Berlin Eisenhower and Greenfield-Pius XI scored 345. Jorn said the team was nervous going into the conference meet.

“I think the team was a little nervous because we hadn’t had all the success with beating the team that was ranked first before. So we were a little nervous that we wouldn’t make it, but the day of conference we really pulled ourselves together and we really fought for it and everyone swam really well,” Jorn said.

Miazga said his approach to coaching emphasizes the importance of each team member. “Continually showing kids what they are capable of and continually preaching an overall team bond and how one individual performance of everyone affects the entire team,” Miazga said.

Jorn said the new coaching staff has helped the team. “With the new coach, it has been cool with the new insight. There has been a lot of focus on good technique and good mentality and I think that really helped,” Jorn said.

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(Elena Cruz) Sophie D’Amato, freshman, sprints to the wall in the 400 free relay at state. The team had a successful season including breaking the conference record with 10 consecutive straight titles.

The JV team was ranked fourth at JV conference and had a combined score of 280. According to Miazga, the team performed well at conference on October 30.

“JV conference was a really successful meet,” Miazga said. All the girls on the JV team had personal best times at conference. “Every single girl went best times. We did incredibly well; we ended up winning four events overall,” Miazga said.

Standout performances at JV conference included Tasha Cherono, senior, winning the 100-yard breaststroke and freestyle, and Lisa Vulpas, junior, winning the 200-yard IM.

“Tasha Cherono … ended up winning the 100 breaststroke and freestyle and best timed in both and Lisa Vulpas won the 200 IM,” Miazga said. Jorn said she is happy with the swim teams dynamic and effort this season. I am really proud of our team this year … We all worked really well together and swam really fast,” Jorn said.

(Madeline Wilson)

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