It's been a few years since he's had to do this, but Homestead girls swim coach Mark Gwidt will have to get a slightly bigger van to take all his qualifiers to the WIAA State Division 1 meet in Madison on Saturday.
The Highlanders came out of Saturday's sectional at Cedarburg with three individual qualifiers to go along with two relay teams.
"It's been awhile," he said. "The kids have done a nice job of getting to that level in what is a very fast state meet."
Homestead sends freshman Mallory Fox in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles as well as returning state competitor Alexandria Petersen in the 100 breaststroke.
In addition, the Highlanders will also take along the 200 medley relay team of Fox, Petersen, freshman Talia Gottlieb and senior Molly Zall. The same group also advanced in the 200 free relay.
Swimming timed finals get under way at 3 p.m. Saturday at the UW-Madison Natatorium.
Gwidt says his swimmers have simple goals.
"The objective is to win our heats," he said. "We want to be the best in our heat. We do that, good things will happen."
The qualifying efforts led the Highlanders to a third-place finish in the 12-team sectional with 247 points as the North Shore champion host Bulldogs won with 386 and Germantown was second with 268.
Fox earned her berths with a fifth-place time in the 50 free of 24.73 second and with a third-place showing of 53.71 in the 100 free. Zall missed out on a berth in the 50 free by just 0.1 of a second in 24.96, which was good for sixth.
Petersen is in the fast heat of the breaststroke after taking second in 1:06.55. North Shore rival Gwen Worlton of Nicolet won the heat with the state's best time of 1:03.64.
The medley relay team took third in a two-plus second season best of 1:51.19, good for third while it combined to go two seconds faster than it had been seeded in the 200 free with another season best of 1:39.3, good for second.
"The medley has been together for most of the season but the 200 free came together a bit later," Gwidt said. "Mallory did a great job getting to her first full state meet and Allie (Petersen) is still unrested so we're looking for big things out of her yet."
Other place-winning efforts for the Highlanders included the following: diving: Leigh Berman, ninth (283.65 points); 200 free: Brittany Thomas, 11th (2:05.88); Elizabeth Huskin, 14th (PB 2:07.49); 50 free: Gottlieb, ninth (PB 25.48); 100 butterfly: Gottlieb, sixth (1:01.3); 100 free: Petersen, sixth (PB 55.02): Zall, ninth (PB 55.41); 500 free: Thomas, fifth (5:30.2): Huskin, 12th (5:51.62); 100 backstroke: Christianna Gess, 10th (PB 1:05.86); 100 breaststroke: Margaret Hadcock, eighth (PB 1:12.89); and 400 free relay: Lauren Tunney, Huskin, Gess and Thomas, ninth (3:59.06).
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