MADISON, Wis. – Edgewood won its fifth straight Division 2 team title by compiling 290 points at the 2019 State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships held Friday at the UW Natatorium.
The Crusaders become only the second girls’ swimming and diving program to win five consecutive championships, matching Arrowhead’s five straight titles in Division 1 from 2002-06.
McFarland finished runner-up in the team standings for the second straight season by compiling 163.5 points, and Ashwaubenon was third with 141.5 points.
The Crusaders won five events, including all three relays. Maeve O’Driscoll and Anna teDuits each won three titles. O’Driscoll won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.30 after placing sixth last season. She was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay with teDuits, Abby Reid and Izzy Enz, finishing in a State meet record time of 1:44.51. She was also a member of the record-setting 200 freestyle relay. She teamed with DeeDee Walker, Sophie Reed and Abby Reid to post a time of 1:34.76. The Crusaders have now won the event five years in a row.
After placing fifth in the 200 individual medley last season, teDuits won the crown this year in a time of 2:06.28. She was also a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team, which included Enz, Sophie Reid and Walker. It’s Edgewood’s fourth straight championship in the event.\
Freshman Ellery Ottem of River Falls made an impressive debut in her first State experience, winning a pair of events. She won the 100 freestyle in a time of 50.70, and she captured the gold in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:49.54.
Malia Francis of Rhinelander was also a two-time champion. She swam to the title in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.23, and she turned in a time of 54.72 to claim the championship in the 100 backstroke.
Ella Houwers of Whitewater successfully defended the title she won in the 100 breaststroke last season. She paced the rest of the field with a time of 1:05.07.
Mallory Domnick of Ashwaubenon is the champion in the 500 freestyle after placing fourth in the event a year ago. She raced to a time of 5:04.85 in the event. Bella Smith of Whitnall won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 440.60 after placing runner-up in 2018.
The 2019 State Girls Swimming & Diving Championships resume tomorrow with action in Division 1. The diving competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the swimming finals to begin at 3 p.m.