In full reloading mode and with sites set on sending a large and productive contingent back to the WIAA state meet, the Cedarburg girls swimming team simply overwhelmed the field in defending its North Shore Conference title on Oct. 29.
Veteran Bulldog coach Amit Kaul never gets bored with the results that have netted the team seven NSC titles in a row,
"I´m proud to coach our girls, proud of their work, their dedication and their love for each other," he said.
Cedarburg scored 518.5 points for its victory, well ahead of runner-up Homestead (396.5).
They will look to build on this success when they host the WIAA D1 sectional meet at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 18 best of all sectionals statewide will advance to the state meet in Madison on Nov. 5.
Seeing as Kaul noted that only about a third of the 30 swims the Bulldogs turned in at the conference meet were tapered and rested, there's a good chance Cedarburg could turn in some truly remarkable swims at sectional.
Not that they weren't remarkable at conference, winning seven events en route to the title.
Senior Skylar Fore continued her amazing senior season, dominating the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.11 seconds and also cruising to a four-second win in the 100 butterfly (57.27). She also helped the 200 medley relay team of junior Lillie Hosak, sophomore Erika Remington and freshman Maya Novack turn in a Whitefish Bay pool record of 1:47.81, almost three seconds ahead of a swift field.
Fore also turned in a blistering 51.66 100 free split in anchoring the 400 free team of Hosak, Novack and Remington to a five-second win in a very quick time of 3:34.61.
Hosak was also a double individual winner herself, taking the 200 individual medley by close to 10 seconds in 2:06.66 and then turning in a very quick clocking of 57.96 in the 100 backstroke. Remington snagged herself an individual title in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.55).
Other good efforts by event included the following: diving: Adriana Avila, second (434.7 points); 200 individual medley: Marinah Phelps, fourth (2:20.49), Cori Etzelmueller, sixth (2:26.6); 50 free: Novack, third (24.94); 100 butterfly: Lucia Estrada, fourth (1:03.85); 100 free: Novack, third (54.85), Remington, fourth (55.55); 500 free: Cassie Koester, second (5:23.19); 200 free relay: Estrada, Katie Fix, Kendra Pinegar and Etzelmueller, sixth (1:48.87); 100 backstroke: Koester, fifth (1:02.76); and 100 breaststroke: Phelps, fifth (1:10.74).
Kaul liked the display of depth that went along with the individual firepower.
"Junior Marinah Phelps in particular had two excellent swims (200 IM, 100 breaststroke)," he said. "I was also happy with the performance of our relays, all being at or below season-best times."
In short, the Bulldogs show no signs of letting their continued excellence slide.
"I´m not too surprised with our team´s progress, as Ozaukee Aquatics is an outstanding club and feeds us annually with fast swimmers," Kaul said. "I´m really grateful for that. This year we had a number of experienced freshmen join, including Maya Novack, Cassie Koester and Olivia Greymont."