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Swimmers compete at conference meet

Swimmers compete at conference meet Swimmers compete at conference meet

By Ross Pattermann

The Colby/Abbotsford swim co-op kicked off their postseason with the Great Northern Conference Championships on Friday at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Aquatics Center.

The co-op went toe to toe with some of the best swimmers in the state, and held their own through multiple events. While no swimmer finished in the top three and thus did not earn All-Conference honors, there were multiple swimmers who made podium with top eight results.

โ€œThe girls had a good meet at conference,โ€ head coach Monica Tesmer said. โ€œWe finished sixth out of eight teams. We did not have any all conference swimmers, however, top eight were able to stand on the blocks for the award ceremony.โ€

By the time the meet ended, Colby/ Abby had representatives in seven different events standing on the blocks during the award ceremony.

Rhinelander would go on to take the top spot, with Lakeland Union High and the Ladysmith/Bruce/Lake Holcombe/ Flambeau Tridents earning third. Colby/ Abby placed sixth out of eight teams with a score of 111 points.

The first event of the competition saw the 200-yard medley relay of Sahanna Kussrow, Erin Voss, Josie Hoppe and Lexi White take tenth in 2:19.14. The relay of Zanza Haemer, Hailey Meyer, Ivee Conley and Bobbie Lee was 13th in 2:30.77.

The second event was the 200-yard freestyle. Brooklyn Filtzkowski placed 12th overall in 2:22.82 and Sierra Ramker was 13th in 2:24.60.

The following event was the 200-yard IM. Kussrow would finish 12th overall in 2:49.55 and Ivee Conley took 17th in 3:20.81.

The fourth event of the conference meet was the 50-yard freestyle. Elizabeth Stange was the first to podium for the coop with her fifth place result in a time of 26.92.

Lanie Hediger was 12th in 28.20, Morgan Weber was 13th in 28.42, Paige Klement was 18th in 29.24, Bobbie Lee placed 20th in 30.39, Thea Fellenz was 29th in 35.69 and Vivi Yang was 31st in 50.20.

The next event was the 100-yard butterfl y. Morgan Weber found herself in the top eight, placing sixth overall in a time of 1:10.52. Hoppe also swam, and was 13th in 1:24.46.

The sixth event of the night was the 100-yard freestyle. Stange earned another top eight result, taking eighth in 59.27. White was 19th in 1:04.10 and Ramker was 21st in 1:05.17.

The 500-yard freestyle featured a pair of swimmers who placed inside the top eight. Hediger was fifth overall in a time of 6:15.48 and Filtzkowski was seventh in her time of 6:24.01. Conley finished 19th in 7:22.53.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay the team of Weber, Hediger, White and Stange would place fifth in their time of 1:50.32. Just missing the podium was the team of Klement, Ramker, Lee and Voss, taking ninth in a time of 1:58.38.

Three swimmers competed in the 100yard backstroke. Kussrow placed tenth in a time of 1:16.63, Klement took 13th in her time of 1:20.29 and Haemer was 14th in 1:21.19.

In the 100-yard breaststroke Voss would finish 11th overall in 1:25.38 and Meyer placed 21st in 1:36.62.

The 400-yard freestyle relay saw three teams take part. In fifth place was the team of Weber, White, Hediger and Stange in 4:07.34. In ninth was Klement, Ramker, Haemer and Filtzkowski in 4:26.03.

The co-op also saw the team set 38 personal bests, and this has the team in high spirits as they prep for the state qualifying WIAA D-2 sectional meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Nov. 8-9.