State swim begins Friday

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Gazette staff
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Friday night marks the end of an era for Milton High’s girls swim program.

Bridgette Alexander and Chelsea Calhoon will wrap up their impressive Red Hawk careers by competing at the WIAA Division 2 state meet at the UW-Natatorium in Madison.

The two seniors lifted Milton to back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011, as well as a runner-up finish in 2012.

“This is last of the big bang, so to speak,” Milton coach Jenny Quade said of her two star seniors. “I don’t think any two swimmers will ever come through this program and accomplish what those two have.

“And I expect both of them to be on the podium once again Friday night. They’re seeded pretty high in all of their events.”

Alexander is the three-time defending state champion in the 200-meter individual medley and the defending state champion in the 100 backstroke. The University of Kentucky recruit is the top seed in the 100 backstroke (57.07) and the D2 state record-holder, and she enters the state meet seeded third in the 200 IM.

Calhoon, who will swim at Minnestoa-Mankato next year, is seeded third in the 100 backstroke (59.67) and the 200 freestyle (1:56.33).

“Those two have already left their mark,” Quade said. “Whatever happens Friday will only add to what they’ve already accomplished.

“Bridgette has a great chance to win two more state titles, while Chelsea is a threat to win every time she swims. They’re going to be impossible to replace.”

Fort Atkinson senior Emma Bare is the second seed in the 100 breaststroke in Division 2 and the third seed in the 50 freestyle.

Tess Frey of Edgerton/Evansville will wrap up her high-school career at Saturday’s Division 1 state meet by swimming in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle.

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