Girls Swimming at the WIAA State Meet
Lucy Art, Rosa Rivera, Mira Giles-Pufahl, Ingrid Lofgren, Mya Johnson, Anna Staples, and Maddie Miracle qualified at the Whitefish Bay Sectional to compete as individuals for the Brown Deer/University School girls' swimming and diving team in the Division 2 State Tournament on Friday, November 13th at the Waukesha South Natatorium. Together, they finished 15th out of 28 teams competing in the State meet.
“A big day for the swimmers and divers on Friday,” said Doug Dickinson BD/USM’s head coach. “Yesterday’s performances at the Division 2 State Championships have been a year in the making. Lots of hard work paid off for our team."
Miracle and Staples participated in the afternoon’s 1-meter diving meet. Miracle finished 5th in the finals with a total score of 409.20. Staples finished in 9th place with a final score of 382.10.
Dickinson said, “Maddie Miracle was our top finisher in her first year diving with the team. She battled an injury and had a big performance in the finals. Anna Staples has been working for two years to get to this meet. Her commitment paid big dividends on Friday.”
Art competed in three different events in the evening’s swimming meet. She swam as an individual in the 50-yard Freestyle race and in the 100-yard Butterfly competition. In the 200-yard Freestyle Relay event, she was joined by Rivera, Giles-Pufahl, and Johnson, who swam in place of Lofgren who was injured.
“Lucy Art’s meet really started last year,” said Dickinson. “She was disappointed at missing the meet last year and committed herself all year to make state. Her two swims were lifetime bests.”
Art’s time of 25.14 seconds earned her 8th place in the finals of the 50-yard Freestyle race. She placed 6th in the 100-yard Butterfly event. Her time in that race was 1:00.63.
In the 200 Freestyle Relay race, Art led off and was followed by Rivera, Johnson, and Giles-Pufahl. The BD/USM quartet finished with a time of 1:45.23 to take 13th place in the event.
Dickinson commented on the race, “The 200 Freestyle Relay was very impressive. Unfortunately, we had a medical scratch for Ingrid Lofgren, and senior team captain Mya stepped in and executed a great performance. All four girls swam lifetime bests.”
Reflecting on the season, Dickinson added, “Our team finish was impressive as we were such a small team compared to the others. We went from no competitors in the last two years to a 15th place finish. This has been an incredibly challenging season in so many aspects, but the girls stayed safe and kept working hard. They have so much to be proud of.”
The State Tournament ended the season for the Brown Deer/University School girls swimming and diving team.