West Allis girls swimmers continue to improve
Squad posts many personal bests in recent meets
The times continued to drop for the West Allis girls swimming team last week in a pair of meets, the Lancer Invitational on Oct. 1 and the Greater Metro Conference Relays on Oct. 3.
In the GMC Relays, three teams topped their seeded times, with one placing fifth and the other two taking sixth.
The 300-yard breaststroke unit of Arianna Aguirre, Tara Kelley, Jamie Trapp and Cortney Wery was seeded at 4 minutes, 26.44 seconds and swam 4:19.47, finishing fifth.
The 200 freestyle group of Brianna Kulas, Kelley, Nikki Pegarsch and Jess Drews had a seeded time of 2:05.19 and finished in 2:01.7, coming in sixth.
The 800 freestyle group of Pegarsch, Kelley, Amber Kupferschmidt and Drews was seeded at 10:34.58 and took sixth at 10:14.3.
Also taking fifth for the Wave were the 500 freestyle unit of Wery, Kulas, Kupferschmidt and Drews (6:05.5) and the 200 medley group of Erin Applegate, Aguirre, Trapp and Drews (2:28.91).
The diving squad of Cierra DeFay, Morgan Ziolecki and Sarah Zakzesky also finished fifth with 270.65 points.
The Wave tallied 92 points for sixth place in the relays.
West Allis also came in sixth with 92 points amid a powerful field in the Lancer Invitational. That meet was won by Arrowhead with 606 points.
"Our highlights were personal best times by many swimmers," head coach Heidi Nelson said.
In the 50 freestyle, personal bests were notched by Kayla Rapp (35.05 seconds), Trapp (33.07), Aguirre (31.59) and Pegarsch (31.03).
Posting personal bests in the 100 freestyle were Wery (1:08.03), Kelley (1:06.45) and Drews (1:04.75). In the 100 backstroke, Katherine Justham swam 1:42.63 and Rapp 1:36.83 for new personal marks.
Wery also topped her old best time by almost two seconds in the 100 breaststroke with 1:26.26.
Taking sixth were the 200 freestyle team of Kelley, Pegarsch, Kulas and Drews (2:03.04) and the 400 freestyle group of Kulas, Pegarsch, Jatczak and Drews (4:44.47).
The 200 medley unit of Jatczak, Kelley, Jewell and Wery took seventh (2:26.98).
DuFay was ninth in diving (262.85 points) and Ziolecki 10th (250.85).
West Allis takes on Wauwatosa East at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at East.
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