MADISON — The Menomonie girls swim and dive team’s 200-yard freestyle relay team finished 10th the Division 2 state championships on Friday at the UW Natatorium.
The team of Regan Smith, Kinsey Singerhouse, Kate Westphal and Melody Greenwood completed the race in one minute, 41.56 seconds to grab a top-10 finish. Their time was an improvement from their seed time of 1:42.14, which they achieve at a sectional in Wisconsin Rapids last week.
“During the race each girl had flawless exchanges and quick turns,” Menomonie coach Erin Liljedahl said. “This week we focused on breathing less during this 50 and it showed as the girls took a very minimal amount of breaths during their race.”
Madison Edgewood’s relay team won the event in a time of 1:34.76.
Greenwood also competed in diving earlier in the day. She placed 14th in the finals with a score of 327. Whitnall’s Bella Smith won the event with a score of 440.6.
“Melody performed well during the diving competition,” Liljedahl said of Greenwood. “Her relay teammates were there to cheer her on and help her get focused whenever the focus started to slip.
“Melody had an amazing sectional competition, which we knew going into state would be hard to top. We learned some new lessons and have a better game plan for next years state competition, where Melody hopes to be diving and swimming again.”
Madison Edgewood also won the team title with a score of 290, well in front of second-finishing McFarland (163.5). Menomonie placed 27th with a score of 17. Other Big Rivers Conference teams River Falls and Rice Lake finished 12th and 18th, respectively.
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Menomonie graduates seniors Regan Smith, Syanna Urriola and Ashley Lewis.
“The team will miss their seniors and they have some big shoes to fill, however all coaches truly believe these three seniors will do great things in their future and we can’t wait to see where the next step in life takes them,” Liljedahl said.
Smith set personal bests in each of her races this season and ended her career at the state meet. Smith was a leader for the team and served as captain this season.
“One of her strengths was pre-meet pep talks. The team commented frequently on the power of those talks,” Liljedahl said of Smith.
Urriola went from being a strong butterfly swimmer to a someone who excelled in other races as well, Liljedahl said.
“It was exciting to see her branch out and try new things and be equally as successful in them,” Liljedahl said of Urriola. “Syanna was a very coachable athlete, after every swim she would check in and take all of the coaches’ feedback. She tried every piece of advice given and was always working hard to become better, up until the end.”
Lewis did a great job of communicating with teammates and coaches in her role as a captain, Liljedahl said.
“Ashley also did a great job of keeping team tradition going and making sure that expectations were being met,” Liljedahl said of Lewis. “Ashley swam well this season and was stronger than I have ever seen her. Her stroke was aggressive and she swam with purpose every race.”