Rylee Coleman’s goggles were no match for the ferocity with which she hit the water.
So the Janesville Craig freshman just swam without them.
“You’ve just got to keep swimming and adapt,” Coleman said. “That’s what swim is all about.”
Coleman, squinting through churning water as she swam the second leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay, turned in a split of 1 minute, 0.05 seconds to help Craig win the event over city rival Janesville Parker/Evansville on Friday at Craig High.
“I’m going to glue them to her head next time,” Craig coach Charlotte Davies said of Coleman, who teamed with Sydney Guenthner, Kadence Woods and Sommer Rhodes to win the 400 relay in 3:58.62. “She still swam great and still pulled out a really good split.”
The Cougars (1-1 Big Eight) won the Big Eight Conference dual, 106-64. The Vikings fell to 0-2 in league duals.
It was Davies’ first experience coaching in the city rivalry. Her team won seven of 11 events, led by strong performances from Rhodes and Coleman. Rhodes easily won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:26.39, about 30 seconds faster than teammate Natalie Blank, and she swam as the anchor in a pair of winning relays.
Coleman edged Parker/Evansville’s Tadyn McCann, 59.25 to 59.65, in the 100-yard freestyle.
Kaylee Oja (200 IM) and Allison Blank (200 freestyle) also claimed individual titles.
“Both sets of girls wanted to come out and win and take the Janesville rivalry,” Davies said. “I’m extremely happy and impressed with how the girls swam tonight. We had a very heavy week in the pool—a lot of yardage—but they came out and they showed up today.”
Parker/Evansville (McCann, Maggie Barnes, Kailee Sitter, Olivia Rainiero) won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:49.52. McCann (100 backstroke), Rainiero (50 freestyle) and Megan Klinger (100 breaststroke) earned individual wins for the Vikings.
“I think we’re doing pretty well for where we want to be at the end of the season,” Parker coach Derek Schneider said. “More people were prepared for this season.”
The Cougars host Verona next Friday, while the Vikings travel to Sun Prairie that same afternoon.
CRAIG 106, PARKER/EVANSVILLE 64
200 medley relay—JC (Sydney Guenthner, Kaylee Oja, Sommer Rhodes, Rylee Coleman), 2:00.21; JPEV (Tadyn McCann, Megan Klinger, Kailee Sitter, Olivia Rainiero), 2:00.78.
200 free—Allison Blank, JC, 2:10.40; Maggie Barnes, JPEV, 2:10.89; Natalie Blank, JC, 2:14.88.
200 IM—Kaylee Oja, JC, 2:23.41; Kailee Sitter, JPEV, 2:27.99; Gabby Metcalf, JC, 2:28.06.
50 free—Olivia Rainiero, JPEV, 26.65; Rylee Coleman, JC, 26.78; Kadence Woods, JC, 27.07.
100 butterfly—Sommer Rhodes, JC, 1:05.02; Kaylee Oja, JC, 1:05.95; Megan Klinger, JPEV, 1:06.10.
100 free—Rylee Coleman, JC, 59.25; Tadyn McCann, JPEV, 59.65; Sydney Guenthner, JC, 1:00.49.
500 free—Sommer Rhodes, JC, 5:26.39; Natalie Blank, JC, 5:56.49; Allison Blank, JC, 5:56.92.
200 free relay—JPEV (Tadyn McCann, Maggie Barnes, Kailee Sitter, Olivia Rainiero), 1:49.52; JC (Allison Blank, Grace Kubala, Kaylee Oja, Kadence Woods), 1:52.15.
100 back—Tadyn McCann, JPEV, 1:06.76; Sydney Guenthner, JC, 1:07.76; Kyley Evans, JPEV, 1:11.78.
100 breast—Megan Klinger, JPEV, 1:16.23; Grace Kubala, JC, 1:18.20; Gabby Metcalf, JC, 1:18.53.
400 free relay—JC (Sydney Guenthner, Rylee Coleman, Kadence Woods, Sommer Rhodes), 3:58.62; JC B (Carly Schmoldt, Natalie Blank, Amber Jacobson, Allison Blank), 4:10.77; JPEV (Maggie Barnes, Katie Leach, Kailey Frame, Kyley Evans), 4:16.52.