Menomonee Falls/Hamilton girls swim
Back for a try at a fourth consecutive Greater Metro Conference title, the seniors-laden Indian swimmers had an uneven start in the Tosa West Early Bird Invitational on Aug. 18, as despite winning seven events, they came up a little short of league rival Brookfield Central for the meet crown.
"We were short a diver (injury during warm-ups) and our (200-yard) medley relay was disqualified after winning," said Indians coach Jim Weitzer, "but it seemed for the most part, our swimmers were competing pretty smart. They were pretty tired from getting beat up (during long workouts), they still swam some smart races and some of the technique work we've been emphasizing began to show through."
The senior class will dominate the 34-member team this fall and is sprinkled with high-level state qualifiers including Amanda Siehs, Haley Lucas, Grace Devine, Hannah Mast, Emmorie Jossie and Sommer Semanek.
But what concerns Weitzer more is that about 10 other swimmers of various ages and levels of experience who did not come out this year.
"We would have been much deeper if they had come out," he said. "Still, we'll work with who we have back. They're setting good standards right now and that's OK."
Falls/Hamilton scored 285 points for its spot in the 12-school Tosa meet as Central won with 299.
Siehs won both the 50-yard freestyle (25.06 seconds) and the 100 free (54.02) to lead the way. Other individual victories went to Lucas in the 100 butterfly (1:00.01), Devine in the 500 free (5:32.5) and Semanek in the 100 backstroke (1:04.74).
In addition, the 200 free relay team of Siehs, Mast, Lucas and Devine was an easy winner in 1:44.67 as was the 400 free relay team of Devine, Jossie, Semanek and Siehs (3:48.28).
Other top finishes by event included the following: 200 free: Lucas, second (2:00.99); Devine, fourth (2:01.2); 200 individual medley: Mast, second (2:20.55); 50 free: Jossie, fourth (27.27); 100 free: Jossie, seventh (59.82); and 100 breast stroke: Mast, third (1:14.14).
"We're still shaking a few bugs out of the system, but we got out of it (the meet) what we wanted," Weitzer said.
Germantown girls tennis
The relatively inexperienced Warhawks are off to an encouraging start this season, including a competitive fourth in the Washington County Invitational on Aug. 18.
"We do have a young group this year," Germantown assistant coach Megan Kitze-Ward said. "… We actually have a lot of seniors on our team and a lot of freshmen. It should be an interesting year. We had a lot of changes in our team this year. All of our doubles teams split up and either found new partners or went to singles, so we really tried to shake things up this year."
The roster, which Kitze-Ward says is still in a bit of a flux, was set this way for the county meet. Junior Emily Maritato at first singles, with seniors Kendra Christensen and Chili Monroe at second and third, respectively, and talented freshman Casey Riesch at fourth singles. Sophomore Diane Xue is also expected to figure into the singles mix.
In doubles, senior co-captain Leah Beck is currently teamed with fellow senior Kayla Hietpas while freshmen Emma Brandenburg and Taylor Sacket are currently handling the second slot. The other co-captain senior Kayla Nieman, and fellow senior Jess Vogt are working the third doubles spot.
Germantown opens its North Shore season at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Whitefish Bay.
In the county meet, Germantown scored 15 points for its spot as Waukesha South won with 32.
The Warhawks had two individual runner-up finishes to highlight their efforts as Riesch earned one at fourth singles and Brandenburg and Sacket earned the other at second doubles. Riesch defeated opponents from West Bend East and West before falling to a South opponent in the final while Brandenburg and Sacket downed Slinger and Kewaskum opponents before losing a three-set match to a South pair.
Beck and Hietpas took third at first doubles and Monroe was fourth at third singles.
"We've put out some great performances already," Kitze-Ward said. "We're excited for the rest of the season." At the Menomonee Falls Quad on Aug. 13, the duo of Brandenburg and Sacket got off to an impressive start beating Pius, Hamilton and Falls opponents in straight sets for Germantown's only individual crown.
Menomonee Falls golf
Showing improvement, the Indians were a competitive 18th in the powerhouse Homestead/Brookfield Central Invitational on Aug. 13 and 14.
Falls turned in a 36-hole score of 776 as defending state Division 1 champion Homestead was very impressive with a 620 mark.
Jessica Gruber led the way for Falls with a two-day score of 177. She shot an 18-hole score of 91 at Mee-kwon on Aug. 13 and then backed that up with a solid 86 at Wanaki on Aug. 14.
She got help from Morgan Scrobel, who came in with a 189 (97-92), Courtney Rodriguez at 202 (97-105) and Hailey Barbee 208 (106-102).
Falls did have a total of 10 nine-hole scores in the 40s over the course of the event.
The Indians opened Greater Metro play with a nine-hole event at Currie Park on Aug. 21 and took part in the 30-school Arrowhead Invite on Aug. 22.
Menomonee Falls girls tennis
The Indians are under way this season with a young squad, having graduated seven of their 10 starters from last season.
Top singles player Hayley Schlueter does return for her senior season as does Julie Schweiss, who moved up from fourth singles to second singles.
They took part in their own quad on Aug. 13 and have had other matches. No further details were available.
A tentative lineup includes Danyelle Terry at third singles and Jessie Klappa at fourth singles while doubles teams include fellow veteran Ali Noltner, who is pairing with Hannah Matthiesen in the first position while Emily Mayer and Kaitlin Merkel are in the second slot and Amanda Bradley and Taylor Koman are in the third position.
The Indians host New Berlin West in a nonconference match Thursday.
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