Badger's Russart gets another state title; Craig' Schneider finishes fourth
Following a week that was interesting—to put it mildly—for the Badgers, Russart finished her high school career in phenomenal fashion at the WIAA Division 1 state meet at the UW Natatorium on Saturday by setting a state record in winning her third straight 100-yard breaststroke title.
Russart’s teammates were pretty good, too, as the Badgers tallied 108 points for their second consecutive sixth-place finish.
“It was very emotional, to be honest,” Russart said of the past week. “We were pretty worked up about it. It was a big deal. We’re very much a family on our team, so it was tough.”
What Russart was referring to was last Saturday’s sectional at Kenosha Bradford, when senior Lindsey Mikrut was disqualified before the meet when she was approached by a race official and admitted to shaving in the locker room prior to the meet, a rarely-enforced violation of NFHS rules.
Mikrut, a member of the Badgers’ defending state champion 200 medley relay team as well as their 200 freestyle relay squad, sat out the sectional, though the Badgers still qualified for state in both events.
Mikrut’s infraction also carried a one-meet suspension, meaning the Badgers thought they’d lost her for the state meet. On Wednesday, however, WIAA assistant director Tom Shafranski informed the Badgers that a court-issued injunction would allow Mikrut to compete at state.
Basically, it was a whirlwind of distractions for the Badgers.
“We just had an up-and-down week, emotional-wise,” said Badger coach Sam Clausen, who classified Mikrut’s mistake as an honest one. “We had to really just pull together as a team. First, we went through the grieving process about what was going on. Very quickly, we snapped out of that and just started focusing on today.”
Still, both Russart and Clausen admitted that pressure affected the Badgers in Saturday’s 200-medley relay, in which they failed to defend their title and finished third with a time of 1 minute 46.22 seconds. During the 500 freestyle, a long event that gives teams a chance to rest, the Badgers regrouped and let the pressure release.
And it resulted in a surprising finish in the 200 freestyle relay. With Russart swimming a blazing anchor, the Badgers placed second swimming out of the eighth lane with a time of 1:39.19. In addition to Russart and Mikrut, senior Ellie Lorenzi and junior Maddie Clark also swam on both of Badger’s relays.
“During the 500, we just sat down, and the girls just started joking with one another, and everybody just started having a good time,” Clausen said. “All of a sudden, all that pressure and everything else just went away. As soon as that was gone, I mean, you saw what happened in the (200) free.”
Russart had the breastroke left to swim, and with Eau Claire Memorial freshman Leah Pronschinske pushing her with a spirited effort from the adjacent lane, Russart came though with a time of 1:02.53, besting the mark of 1:02.73 she posted in 2007.
“I am feeling relieved,” said Russart, a Northwestern University recruit who also placed eighth in the 200 individual medley on Saturday. “It’s hard. It’s a lot of pressure. I just signed up for college, so I had that going on this week. So I’m kind of glad that it’s done. I’m looking forward to a little break before getting right back into it, but I’m happy with what happened here.”
So was Janesville Craig senior Hailey Schneider, who finished her fourth state appearance in fine fashion.
After a somewhat disappointing 10th-place finish in the 200 IM, an event she took third in as a junior and fourth in as a sophomore, Schneider bounced back to finish fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.79.
“It’s very exciting,” Schneider said. “It’s kind of sad to know that it’s done, but I’ve had a really successful four years.”
In other local results on Saturday, Clark placed 10th in the 50 freestyle and 15th in the 100 freestyle, while Lorenzi was 17th in the 50 freestyle and 24th in the 100 backstroke.
Arrowhead blew away the competition in the team standings, scoring 303 points to win its second straight team title and seventh of the last eight. Madison East junior Aja Van Hout joined Russart in setting state records with a time of 2:03.57 in the 200 IM, besting a mark that had stood since 2004.
WIAA Division 1
At UW Natatorium,
Arrowhead 303, Madison East 181, Waukesha South/Mukwonago 167.5, Muskego 164, Madison Memorial 159, Lake Geneva Badger/Walworth Big Foot/williams Bay 108, Madison West 105, Eau Claire Memorial 99, Wausau East 87, Middleton 86, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 85, Burlington/Catholic Central/East Troy/Wilm/Waterford 82, Neenah 79, Appleton east 65.5, Sun Prairie 59, Oshkosh West 48, Sheboygan North 38, Stevens Point 34, Oshkosh North/Oshkosh Lourdes 30, Waunakee 28.5, Verona Area 25, Green Bay Southwest/G.B. West 25, Menomonee Falls/Hamilton 21, Brookfield East 21, D.C. Everest 21, Janesville Craig 21, Shawano Community/Bonduel 20, Kenosha Bradford 16.5, Homestead 15, Nicolet 15, Green Bay East/Preble 15, Racine Park 14, River Falls 11, Germantown 11, Apleton North 11, Oregon 9, Brookfield Central 9, Racine Case 8, Holmen/Aquinas/Onalaska 7, Pulaski 6, Cedarburg 5, Wausau West 4, Menomonie 3, Waukesha North/Kettle Moraine 1, madison La Follette 1, West Bend West 1.
Diving—1. Kylie Rosenstock (Madison West), 475.60; 2. Lauren Callin (Middleton), 436.10; 3. Sara Axness (Eau Claire Memorial), 398.05; 4. Callie Head (Nicolet), 371.90; 5. Rachel Margis (Racine Park), 341.35; 6. Sarah Tighe (Menomonee Falls), 338.20.
200 medley relay—1. 1 Arrowhead (Kate Jones, Caryn Knight, Emma Goral, Haley Pietila), 1:45.48; 2. Madison East, 1:45.82; 3. Badger/Big Foot/Williams Bay (Ellie Lorenzi, Emily Russart, Lindsey Mikrut, Maddie Clark), 1:46.22; 4. Madison Memorial, 1:48.98; 5. Muskego, 1:49.81; 6. Wausau East, 1:50.03.
200 freestyle—1. Jackie Powell (Madison Memorial), 1:49.90; 2. Kayla Skenandore (Waukesha South), 1:52.28; 3. Katie Delaney (Middleton), 1:52.74; 4. Natalie Neuwirth (Stevens Point), 1:52.77; 5. Tracy Vogel (Arrowhead), 1:53.43; 6. Ilsa Feierabend (Madison West), 1:53.58.
200 individual medley—1. Aja Van Hout (Madison East), 2:00.06 (breaks record of 2:01.39 set by Andrea Boritzke of Arrowhead in 2004); 2. Pamela Breitrick (Waukesha South), 2:06.17; 3. Leah Pronschinske (Eau Claire Memorial), 2:06.32; 4. Becca Soderholm (Madison East), 2:06.87; 5. Anna Brooks (Burlington), 2:07.55; 6. Emily Russart (Badger/Big Foot/Williams Bay), 2:08.12; 10. Hailey Schneider (Janesville Craig), 2:09.32.
50 freestyle—1. Ivy Martin (Madison East), 23.55; 2. Becca Weiland (Wisconsin Rapids), 23.66; 3. Lea Keonig (Wausau East), 23.88; 4. Lauren Sichterman (Wausau East), 24.12; 5. Erica Halley (Appleton East), 24.13; 6. Julia Mikota (Arrowhead), 24.25; 10. Maddie Clark (Badger/Big Foot/Williams Bay), 24.49; 17 Ellie Lorenzi (Badger/Big Foot/Willams Bay), 25.09.
100 butterfly—1. Emma Goral (Arrowhead), 55.27; 2. Kayla Skenandore (Waukesha South), 56.7; 3. Amanda Walker (Sun Prairie), 57.73; 4. Becca Soderholm (Madison East), 57.87; 5. Ally Crum (Neenah), 57.95; 6. Kendra Rottier (Green Bay Southwest), 58.12.
100 freestyle—1. Jackie Powell (Madison Memorial), 50.82; 2. Hailey Pietila (Arrowhead), 51.51; 3. Becca Weiland (Wisconsin Rapids), 51.77; 4. Lea Koenig (Wausau East), 51.94; 5. Julia Mikota (Arrowhead), 52.40; 6. Natalie Neuwirth (Stevens Point), 52.28; 15. Maddie Clark (Badger/Big Foot/Williams Bay), 53.62.
500 freestyle—1. 1 Aja Van Hout (Madison East), 4:51.77; 2 Brittany Walsh (Muskego), 4:52.84; 3. Katie Delaney (Middleton) 4:58.02; 4 Llsa Feierabend (Madison West), 4:59.02; 5. Jessica Wolf (Muskego), 5:00.18; 6. Tracy Vogel (Arrowhead), 5:00.74.
200 freestyle relay—1. 1 Arrowhead (Katie Duranso, Holly Johnson, Emma Goral, Julia Mikota), 1:37.01; 2. Badger/Big Foot/Williams Bay, 1:38.19; 3. Waukesha South/Mukwonago, 1:38.50; 4. Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, 1:38.69; 5. Madison West, 1:39.25; 6. Madison Memorial, 1:39.57.
100 backstroke—1. 1. Mackenzie Buss (Shawano/Bonduel), 57.44; 2. Zoe Huddleston (D.C. Everest), 57.90; 3.Emma Szczupakiewicz (Muskego), 58.03; 4. Kate Jones (Arrowhead), 58.11; 5. Dana Iverson (Kenosha Bradford); Pamela Breitrick (WaukS/Mukw), 58.62; 24. Ellie Lorenzi (Badg/BFoot/WiBay), 1:02.82.
100 breaststroke—1. Emily Russart (Badg/BFoot/WiBay), 1:02.53; 2. Leah Pronschinske (Eau Claire Memor), 1:02.94; 3. Amy Spaay (Neenah),1:04.92; 4. Tina DeLakis (Eau Claire Memor), 1:05.72; 5. Hailey Schneider (Janesville Craig), 1:05.79; 6. Caryn Knight (Arrowhead), 1:05.87.
400 freestyle relay—1. Madison East (Aja Van Hout, Ivy Martin, Chelsea Soderholm, Becca Soderholm), 3:28.65; 2. Arrowhead 3:29.05; 3. Waukesha South/Mukwonago, 3:31.55; 4. Madison Memorial, 3:32.60; 5. Madison West, 3:35.65; 6. Muskego, 3:36.58.