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Greenfield girls duo move on to state swim

Greenfield’s Elisa Perez set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional at Greenfield. Teammates Claudia Kirkpatrick and Brooke Charles qualified for this week’s state meet.

Greenfield’s Elisa Perez set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional at Greenfield. Teammates Claudia Kirkpatrick and Brooke Charles qualified for this week’s state meet. Photo By C.T. Kruger

Nov. 12, 2013

Claudia Kirkpatrick and Brooke Charles will end a lengthy drought for Greenfield at the WIAA Division 1 State Girls Swimming and Diving Meet.

Kirkpatrick, a freshman, and Charles, a senior, will participate in the 100-yard breaststroke for the Hustlin' Hawks at the meet, which will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium.

They will be the first Greenfield girls swimmers to take part in the state meet in over 10 years, said head coach Dale Schrank.

Kirkpatrick won the 100 breaststroke with 1 minute, 8.95 seconds at Saturday's sectional in the Greenfield Natatorium, while Charles was second with 1:09.18.

Excited about state

Both will compete in the first heat at the state meet.

"Both are excited to represent their school and both are really looking forward to their final race of the season," Schrank said.

The Hawks tallied 118 points for seventh place in the 14-team sectional, which was won by Badger/Big Foot/Williams Bay with 364 points.

Greenfield did not have anyone else finish with a good enough time to qualify for state, but the Hawks did grab some high places and set five school records at the sectional.

Kirkpatrick established new school marks in the 50 freestyle with 25.37 seconds and the 100 freestyle at 55.05, both of which were good for second places.

Elisa Perez set a school record in the 200 freestyle with 2:00.52, good for third place.

Also setting records were the 200 medley relay team of Mariah Misko, Charles, Perez and Kirkpatrick with 1:55.63; and the 200 freestyle relay squad of Misko, Perez, Cayla Mrnik and Kirkpatrick at 1:46.86, which was sixth.

Those five school records gave the Hawks a total of eight new marks this season.

In earlier meets, they had set three other school records: Kirkpatrick in the 200 individual medley with 2:23.46, Charles in the 100 breaststroke at 1:08.53 and Charles, Kirkpatrick, Perez and Mrnik in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:59.3.

Perez also earned another top-four finish, taking fourth in the 500 freestyle at 5:24.23.

Disqualification hurt

Schrank actually thought the meet could have been even more successful.

"A questionable disqualification put a damper on the first half of the meet," he said, "but to their credit, the girls did not give up and walked away with 14 of 18 lifetime or season-best times."

Other personal bests from the sectional were Olivia Misorski in the 100 butterfly (1:11.1) and 500 freestyle (5:55.43), Phoebe Muszynski in the 100 butterfly (1:19.33), Sydney Fricker in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.36), Alli Roetz in the 100 breaststroke (1:27.23) and Mrnik in the 50 freestyle (27.51) and 100 freestyle (1:01.03).

"Overall, it was a great season, and the staff is hoping it will set the team up for even better seasons in the future," Schrank said.

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