For years, Lillie Hosack was on the Cedarburg girls swimming and diving team with Katie Drabot, witnessing her many victories and records.
Now Hosack has topped one of those records.
The junior won the 200-yard individual medley with 1 minute, 59.47 seconds at the WIAA Division 1 state meet on Nov. 12 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium. That beats the 1:59.89 set by Drabot in 2013.
"Katie was an amazing swimmer and an amazing teammate," said Hosack, who defended her state title in the event. "I am happy to carry on her legacy."
Looked for record
Hosack was actually honored to top the mark set by the Cedarburg swimming legend, who competes at Stanford University.
"When I saw my time, I was happy," she said. "I knew it was a possibility for me this season to get that record. I worked hard, and my teammates pushed me. Amit (coach Amit Kaul) helped me, too; he is an amazing coach. He kept encouraging me in the practices all season."
Kaul added, "Lillie was outstanding. We knew her potential at the start of the season, and we pointed to swimming under two minutes in this event."
Senior Skylar Fore also claimed a state championship, taking the 100 freestyle in 50.77 seconds.
"This season, Amit and I did 'underwaters,' which is underwater streaming off the turn, and we worked on breathing less in the second 50," Fore said.
Hosack and Fore also teamed with sophomore Erika Remington and freshman Maya Novack to win the 200 medley relay with 1:43.44.
That was the first state championship for the Bulldogs in that event, and the team broke the school record in winning by almost two seconds over runner-up Middleton (1:45).
Hosack also came in second in the 100 backstroke with a personal-best 54.56 seconds and swam with Novack, Remington and Fore to finish second in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:27.63.
Fore snared fourth in the 50 freestyle with 23.54 to round out Cedarburg's top-six finishes.
Avila takes seventh
Junior diver Adriana Avila finished in a tie for seventh with 439.05 points.
"She gave her best-ever state meet performance," Kaul said, "but came up just short of the medal stand. She will be determined to make it her senior year."
Novack placed eighth in the 50 freestyle with 24.02 and 19th in the 100 freestyle at 53.69. Freshman Cassie Koester took 19th in the 500 freestyle at 5:17.08 and Remington 19th in the 100 breaststroke with 1:07.48.
Cedarburg finished fourth as a team with 168½ points in the 41-team meet, which was won by Middleton with 265 points.
Fore completed a successful four-year career with the Bulldogs, and she said her greatest memory was Cedarburg's second-place finish in Division 1 two years ago.
She is on her way to Notre Dame next fall.
"It wasn't just one thing (that attracted her to the school); I liked the whole feeling when I first walked on campus," Fore said. "I knew I was home. The academics are amazing, and that was important to me."
Hosack, along with Avila, Remington, Novack and Koester from the state team, will be back next season.
"I love swimming here (Cedarburg)," Hosack said. "This is such a close-knit team. You always have people to encourage you."