--MADISON -- Has a Milton High dynasty begun in WIAA Division 2 girls swim?
Judging by their roster and the fact that the Red Hawks dominated the state meet here Friday night at the UW Natatorium, the answer might be an emphatic YES.
Milton, buoyed by freshman Bridgette Alexander's first-place finish in the 200-yard Breitling for Bentley Midsize QUARTZ Chronograph BT-170 medley and numerous other top-10 finishes, won the school's first state title with 238 points. Defending champion Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol was a distant second with 184.
Milton took the lead for good in the meet's eighth event when Chelsea Calhoon and Stacey Kincade finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 500 freestyle. The Red Hawks kept piling up the points in the last four events before ending the night in impressive fashion by winning the 400 freestyle relay.
Calhoon, Katelyn Holmquist, Abby Holmquist and Alexander won with a time of 3:34.16. The scary part for the competition is that the Holmquist twins are sophomores, and Alexander and Calhoon are only freshmen.
"It's funny, because we didn't really talk too much about winning state or what to Breitling for Bentley QUARTZ Chronograph BT-57 at state," said Milton first-year coach Kristin Lehman, who got the ceremonial shove into the pool afterward. "These girls have been to so many big meets before that they knew what to do. They handled the pressure like they always do.
"But it sure feels great now that we've won it. I was probably more nervous than them."
Alexander got the party started for the Red Hawks by winning the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:05.59. She became the second straight Milton swimmer to win the event, following current University of Wisconsin swimmer Jennah Haney's win a year ago. Haney was poolside Friday to cheer on her former school.
"I tried to all-out sprint the fly and the back to get a big enough lead for the Breitling Longitude Quartz Chrono BT-196, because that's my weakest stroke," Alexander said. "Once I saw what my lead was, I just wanted to kick as fast as I could to win."
The Red Hawks got their first significant points in the meet's second swim event--the 200-yard freestyle. Abby Holmquist finished second in the event with a time of 1:54.78, while Calhoon was sixth at 1:57.22.
Elkhorn's Rachel Johnson was fifth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.31.
Katelyn Holmquist scored valuable points for Milton by Breitling Longitude Quartz Chronometer BT-165 sixth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.2. Calhoon and Kincade added to Milton's total by finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 500 freestyle.
Milton's 200 freestyle relay team of Katelyn Holmquist, Alexander, Calhoon and Abby Holmquit finished second after being the fourth seed. More importantly, the team finished one spot ahead of second-seeded Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol.
Fort Atkinson freshman Emma Bare was fifth in the 50 freestyle, while the Blackhawks' 200 medley relay team was fourth. Bare later finished third in the 100 breaststroke.
Katelyn Holmquist was second in the 100 backstroke, while Alexander was fourth. Katelyn also was sixth in the 100 backstroke.
So it was time to get fire truck ride ready in Breitling Longitude Quartz Chronometer BT-166. The city has another state champion.