Craig tops Parker in Big Eight swimming

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Janesville Craig senior swimmer Kali Schneider was glad to finish a winner, and Janesville Parker freshman Emma Fischer enjoyed her first taste of the cross-town rivalry.

Craig High held a 36 to 19 advantage in swimmers en route to a 131-39 victory Friday in a Big Eight opener at the Parker pool.

“It’s kind of nice swimming in my last Craig-Parker meet and coming out with a win,” said Schneider, who was a 2010 state qualifier in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. “It was great to be able to out there and fun with the team.’’

Schneider won the 100 butterfly in 1:05.40 and the 200 IM in 2:08.17. Fischer began her rivalry with a fifth place in the butterfly in 1:15.68 and fourth place in the 200 IM in 2:45.45.

Fischer marveled at the Cougars’ ability.

“It was crazy,” she said. “The Craig team is so fast and so much competition, but it was fun. I liked it.’’

Craig coach Brian Kitzman said Schneider is off to a good start.

“Kali is really focused,” he said. “She just has the fire in her this year, and today just kind of represented what the whole season is going to be like for her.’’

The Cougars won 10 of the 11 events. Freshman Alexis Roach won the 500 freestyle in 5:41.36 and the 200 freestyle in 2:08.17 to join her teammate Schneider as a double winner.

Hailey Leisten won the 100 freestyle in a blazing 59.24 for Parker’s lone victory. Leisten finished second in the 200 freestyle in 2:18.24.

Kitzman was upbeat about the Cougars’ performance, despite having a lopsided personnel advantage.

“They always get up for this meet, same as the boys,” Kitzman said. “The seniors really get excited. They have beaten Parker all four years, and they are proud of that.’’

None wore a bigger smile than Craig freshman Sierra Rhodes, the daughter of Parker coach Eric Rhodes.

“I was bantering all week with him about who was going to win and who wasn’t,” she said. “I enjoyed it.’’

Rhodes won the 50 freestyle in 26.87 and finished second in the 500 freestyle in 5:51.29.

Meanwhile, Sierra’s father, Eric, liked the way his Vikings stood up to the Cougars.

“We swam really good,” he said. “We are slowly improving. It’s just getting them to believe and working hard, and they are starting to believe.’’

Parker hosts an 11-team invitational today at 11 a.m.

The Craig-Parker dual meet results:


200 medley relay—1. Janesville Craig (Alexis Roach, Cady Gansen, Emma Schmaling, Ashley Fry), 1:59.32; 2. Craig, 2:04.39.

200 freestyle—1. Alexis Roach (JC), 2:08.17; 2. Hailey Leisten (JP), 2:18.24; 3. Taylor Johnson (JC), 2:19.33.

200 individual medley—1. Kali Schneider (JC), 2:18.54; 2. Gansen (JC), 2:22.42; 3. Schmaling (JC), 2:30.29.

50 freestyle—1. Sierra Rhodes (JC), 26.87; 2. Ashley Fry (JC), 27:09; 3. Jessica Washington (JC), 28.71.

100 butterfly—1. Schneider (JC), 1:05.4; 2. Schmaling (JC), 1:08.77; 3. Maggie Gorman (JC), 1:10.88.

100 freestyle—1. Hailey Leisten (JP), 59.24; 2. Ashley Fry (JC), 1:00.47; 3. Jessica Washington (JC), 1:04.55.

500 freestyle—1. Roach (JC), 5:41.36; 2. Rhodes (JC), 5:51.29; 3. Gorman (JC), 6:09.49.

200 freestyle relay—1. Craig (Fry, Washington, Johnson, Emily Saliby), 1:52.52. 2. Parker, 1:58.05.

100 backstroke—1. Elizabeth Hazekamp (JC), 1:09.31. 2. Leslie Jones (JP), 1:10.52. 3. Saliby (JC), 1:13.03.

100 breaststroke—1. Gansen (JC), 1:11.98. 2. Annika Whitcomb (JC), 1:21.11. 3. Kara Chung (JC), 1:22.42.

400 freestyle relay—Craig (Gansen, Schmaling, Rhodes, Schneider), 3:57.55. 2. Craig, 4:09.59.

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