It came up late on the schedule but both Menomonee Falls girls swim coach Kelsey Ogle and her counterpart at Germantown, Kevin Ewald, were happy to get in their friendly border rivalry dual meet on Aug. 21.
The Warhawks won by a 97-79 score but that was hardly the point.
"It was great that we were able to get it set up like this," said Ewald. "It was a like a home meet for us. The kids take part in swim club over there, they compete together in the summer and they're all friends. What was interesting for us, is that was our first meet (of the season) that was held before the first day of school in quite a while, so it was a great chance to get the kids comfortable and competing."
Ogle echoed Ewald's opinions.
"These two teams really know each other, the kids swim club together, they know each other and they know there race strategies so it was really fun to watch," she said. "It came down to a chess match between Kevin and myself and which team was going to dig down a little bit deeper. No one thought this meet was going to be as close as it was but it sure was a great one to watch."
And it served as a great preview to the season.
The Warhawks, after a ninth-place finish in the WIAA state swim meet a year ago, are in something of a reloading mode after graduating eight seniors, so the numbers are down a bit.
But only one of those graduated swimmers, Rachel Siebenaller, was a state meet competitor, so there is talent left. It includes co-captains senior Haley DeGrace (breaststroke/medley relay), senior Skye Beckes (freestyle and backstroke) and junior Sam Siebenaller (freestyle and all-around).
All three were on the Warhawks' school record fifth-place 200-yard medley relay at state while Sam Siebenaller was fourth in the 50 free while DeGrace had medaled in the breaststroke in 2012.
Another high-level returnee is junior McKenna Coulter while freshman Rachel Jaworski has great potential, said Ewald.
"We have high energy and good spirits," said Ewald. "We want to represent our school well. Our motto this year is quality, not quantity."
He said that Sam Siebenaller has worked hard on her technique and is aiming to win a state title come November.
For the Indians, senior state fourth-place diver Cassidy Pilo will lead the way. Ogle is also looking for big help from (freshman) Becca Shoenauer and (sophomore) Jenny Wesolowski.
Taking firsts for Germantown were DeGrace in the 200 individual medley (2:19.3) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.79), Jaworski in the 50 free (26.58) and 100 free (59.01), Sam Siebenaller in the 500 free (5:37.28) and 100 backstroke (1:01.33). Coulter also claimed the 100 butterfly (1:04.72).
In addition, the Warhawks took all three relays including the 200 medley team with Beckes, DeGrace, Sam Siebenaller and Paige Dreibel (1:54.25); the 200 free with Jaworski, Coulter, DeGrace and Jane Green (1:47.79) and the 400 free crew of Coulter, Beckes, Gabby Barnes and Sam Siebenaller (3:58.88).
For Falls, Pilo took diving with a score of 222.55 points while Wesolowski won the the 200 free with a clocking of 2:05.87.
Pilo also led the Indians at the Wauwatosa West Early Bird Invite on Aug. 23 as she turned in an impressive 11-dive score of 421.35 to win the event by over 56 points. Freshman Sarah Scargill was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.47) as was Schoenauer in the 100 backstroke (1:04.44).
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