Milton's Alexander caps off career with another state swim title
MADISON--Bridgette Alexander made her last individual race a memorable one.
The Milton High senior defended her title in the 100 backstroke at the WIAA Division 2 state swim meet Friday night, winning easily with a time of 56.21 seconds. Alexander still holds the D2 record in the event with a time of 55.45.
A University of Kentucky recruit, Alexander finished her illustrious career with 10 individual state titles and two state team titles.
“I knew I had to go out fast because Natalie (Keshemberg) and Chelsea (Calhoon) both have really good first 50s,” Alexander said of the 100 backstroke strategy. “I didn't want to go out too fast, but I liked where I was after the first 50.
“Winning is awesome because I was a little disappointed after the 200 IM.”
Alexander was the three-time defending champion in the 200 individual medley and had a chance to become the 14th female swimmer in state history to win an individual event four straight years. She came into the state meet seeded third in the event and was near the lead after 100 meters, but Shorewood's Rachel Monson surged ahead in the breaststroke portion of the event and won going away with a state-record time of 2:03.00. Alexander was third in 2:06.32.
Milton's Calhoon capped off her remarkable career by reaching the podium twice. The senior finished fifth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.14. Shorewood's Kristin Malone, the state-record holder and defending D2 champion, won the event with a time of 1:49.81. Calhoon was sixth in the 100 backstroke in 59.03.
Emma Bare and her Fort Atkinson teammates had a productive night. Bare, a senior, was second in the 50 free with a time of 23.93. Grafton's Samantha Senczyszyn won the 50 free with a D2 state-record time of 22.91. Bare was also second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.82.
Fort Atkinson's 200 medley relay team of Bare, Meg Wallace, Alexis Kent and Megan Klubertanz was third in 200 medley relay with a time of 1:49.59. Shorewood shattered the state record in the event with a time of 1:46.22. That same foursome finished second in the 200 freestyle relay.
Elkhorn's Kady Ruemmele made two trips to the podium thanks to a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke and a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM.