East blasts past Merrill girls
The Bluejay girls had a tough time placing in the top three when Wausau East visited for Thursday’s Senior Night meet. The Lumberjacks prevailed 139-31.
“The girls are in the midst of the toughest part of the season and their bodies are tired,” MHS coach Lisa Siewert said. “Despite this, sixteen best times were achieved. That’s not counting several girls swimming events that they’ve never swam before.
“The highlight of the meet was Rachel Hoeppner and Shailee Meyers finishing 1st and 2nd in the JV 100 yard breaststroke. They both swam a competitive and exciting race, touching out the lead Lumberjack swimmer.
“Kendyl Pettit had an excellent meet with best times in both the 50 and 500 free and splits in both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. She’s been working hard and wants to improve-that’s a recipe for success. We are very happy with her current leadership role on the team.
“Courtney Greiser stepped outside her comfort zone and swam the 200 IM with Rachel Hoeppner. They both performed well and dropped a combined 10 seconds in the event. Newcomers Anna Von Hirsh, Morgan Bloch, Caitlyn Kolehouse and Hannah Adsit continue to improve in the sprinting events with all of them capturing best times in the 100 and 50 freestyle.”
Pettit ranked third in the 50 free in :27.77. The 200 medley team of LaBorde, Jahnke, Opsahl and Pettit was third in 2:09.71. The 200 free group of LaBorde, Jahnke, Caitlyn Kolehouse and Pettit ended up third in 1:52.61.
Hoeppner and Myers used times of 1:35.08 and 1:36.01 to top the JV 100 brea.
The Bluejays prepared for life without their senior members.
“The team said a heartfelt goodbye to the six seniors last night,” Siewert said. “We will miss Taylor LaBorde, Jennica Jahnke, Courtney Greiser, Madi Dillinger, Anna Von Hirsh, and Robin Opsahl. Thanks for your hard work girls!”