The Lakeland girls’ swim team traveled to Wausau for a non-conference meet against Wausau East High School.
Wausau East beat the Thunderbirds 105-65, but the Thunderbirds did have several swimmers place in the top two.
Naomi Hamerla won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 10.79 seconds. She edged out Wausau East’s Chloe Kremnitzer, who swam a time of 2:11.16.
“That was a really great 200 free for her, a lifetime best,” coach Chris Garcia said. “She went out strong, she stuck with the Wausau East girl, pretty much neck and neck the whole time. Naomi would pull away on the turns, and the last 25 she put it down and finished very well.”
In addition to that, Hamerla placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:06.10.
Rylee Ahlborn finished first in two events. She won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.99, the only swimmer under 26 seconds. Then, she won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:45.87.
“(Rylee) actually dropped eight seconds from her best time (in the 500),” Garcia said. “She looked very smooth, pretty consistent with her splits, which is nice, showing that she is working hard in practice, very happy with that time and race.”
Lakeland scored another victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Brie Wescott, Mariah Angove, Hamerla and Ahlborn finished first with a time of 1:45.43.
“(We) were trying to go for the (school) record on that because we thought Wausau East would bring their best swimmers,” Garcia said. “Wausau East did not race their top, but it was a good race, and the girls still did well.”
Wescott finished second in the 200-yard IM. She swam a time of 2:31.05, dropping seven seconds off her lifetime best.
Hanna Wegner-Clements stood out as well for her performance in several events.
“Hanna Wegner-Clements did a great job,” Garcia said. “She had a really good meet overall, she was close to her lifetime best in the 200 free. Because of a counter mistake, she swam an extra 50 in the 500 and would have been a PB in the 500. She dropped five seconds in her 100 free split in the 400 free relay. She had a really good meet.”
Their next meet came Thursday at home against Mosinee. Coverage of that will be in the Oct. 8 edition of The Times
Then, the Thunderbirds host Medford on Thursday, Oct. 10 starting at 5:30 p.m.
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