Stello's senior leadership leads Shorewood swimmers to impressive Woodland title
Greyhounds have won seven straight years
Shorewood - The championship portion of the season got under way in resounding fashion for the Shorewood girls swim team, as senior Ellen Stello won four events all in conference or pool record fashion as the Greyhounds dominated the action in claiming their seventh straight Woodland Conference title Saturday.
"Saturday's meet was a great day for our team," coach Rob McCabe said. "We didn't just win the meet, we won by a large margin (58 points) to be exact, but we were able to overcome a 34 point relay disqualification, where if not examining the results many people may not have noticed.
"We won nine of the 11 swimming races, set five pool records, set four new conference records, brought home 10 medals and scored points in 25 of our 27 individual entries. The meet was a total team effort."
The championship put the Greyhounds in a perfect state of mind as they contemplate the WIAA Division 2 state series that begins Saturday with the 2 p.m. sectional meet at Plymouth.
The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 12 best out of all sectionals statewide advance to the WIAA State D2 meet in Madison on Nov. 9.
Shorewood was runner-up to Milton at state last season and McCabe is looking to build upon what happened at the conference meet.
"As we look ahead to sectionals I think they will be uplifted by their teammates conference performances," he said. "The sectional meet is the only WIAA state meet qualifying meet. The meet is a sort of pressure cooker for performance. The goal is to keep everyone healthy as we prepare. I'm excited so see how we swim and ultimately how many we qualify to Madison.
"(Because) our team goal wasn't only to win the conference meet. I think we have more to accomplish this year."
At conference, the Greyhounds scored 416 points while Wauwatosa West was second with 358.
Stello's smashing day led the way. She has now won 15 of a possible 16 conference titles in her career. On Saturday, she began by helping junior Melissa Clausen, sophomore Rachel Munson and freshman Eva Jorn win the 200 medley in a pool and conference record time of 1:52.2 and then took the 100 butterfly (record time 59.24) before burying the field in the 500 free by eight seconds in 5:05.56.
She has won the 100 butterfly for four straight seasons.
Stello then closed off her day by leading off the swift 400 free relay team of senior Genevieve Hayes, Clausen and junior Kristin Malone (a nine-second victory 3:40.01).
Other victories went to sophomore Rachel Munson in both the 200 individual medley (2:10.71) and 100 breast stroke (record 1:07.13), Malone in the 50 free (24.09) and the 100 free (record 51.8), and to Clausen who snagged and individual title in the 100 backstroke (1:01.87).
Everyone was praised by McCabe, especially the swimmers who were tapered for this meet.
"Hannah Miller, Elena Cruz and Anna Gruber had as good as meets as anyone on the team," he said. "Hannah dropped over 14 seconds in the 500 freestyle and more than seven in her 200 IM. She by my merit had the best meet on the team. Gruber added valuable points in her final competitive race posting a season best time in the 100 breast stroke. Elena much like Hannah cut off large chunks of time her two freestyle events."
Shorewood won the meet title despite getting their runner-up 200 free relay disqualified.
Other top 10 finishes for the Greyhounds included the following; 200 medley relay: Chloe Borut, Monica Dix, Lucy Petrick and Anna Mueller, eighth (2:04.6); 200 free: Hayes, fourth (2:03.53); Diana Yakshimamedova, 10th (2:10.53); 200 individual medley: Borut, seventh (2:21.83); 50 free: Jorn, ninth (27.02); 100 butterfly: Jorn, fourth (1:04.94); 100 free: Anna Mueller, 10th (1:00.93); 500 free: Hayes, third (5:22.15); 100 backstroke: Borut, seventh (1:06.26); Petrick, ninth (1:09.81); 100 breast stroke: Dix, ninth (1:18.0); and 400 free relay: Jorn, Yakshimamedova, Mueller and Borut, sixth (4:00.17).
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