Another swimming meet was hosted by Lakeland on Thursday, Sept. 5 when they hosted Antigo in the first regular season conference matchup. The Thunderbirds found success and won 113-51.
The night started off with a Lakeland relay for the win. The Lakeland team consisted of Brie Wescott, Naomi Hamerla, Mariah Angove and Rylee Ahlborn won the 200-yd medley relay with a time of 2:03.20.
The 200-yard freestyle was up next. Ahlborn took the win with a time of 2:09.84. Coming in second place was Amanda Kosmen with a time of 2:21.53. Kosmen finished the race with her second best split of the race.
Coming in first in the 200-yard intermediate was Wescott with a time of 2:41.92. She finished the race with her best split. Coming in second was Nina Starynski with a time of 2:44.06, .30 better than third place.
“(Starynski) was behind the whole race until the very end,” coach Chris Garcia said. “She really wanted the win against the Antigo swimmer next to her.”
In the 50-yard freestyle, Angove found herself in first place. She won with a time of 27.11. Coming in second place was Megan Ross with a time of 28.98.
Lacrosse Margitan and Carly Main also had good times. Margitan finished with a time of 32.16 and Main with a time of 32.23.
“Lacrosse and Carly had lifetime best times in the 50. Both have been working hard at practice and it paid off,” Garcia said.
It was another one-two finish for Lakeland in the 100-yard freestyle. Hamerla finished first with a time of 1:00.20 and Starynski finished second with a time of 1:04.27.
The longer 500-yard freestyle was up next. Ahlborn finished first with a time of 5:52.23, nearly two seconds better than second place. Morgan Nowak finished second with a time of 7:40.10.
“Rylee did well in the 500 and know that she has more in her,” Garcia said. “Looking forward to seeing what she can do in this race later in the season.”
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team consisting of Kosmen, Wescott, Angove and Ahlborn took first with a time of 1:51.10. Another Lakeland team of Ross, Main, Cameryn Teichmiller and Starynski finished second with a time of 2:00.18.
Hamerla saw success in the 100-yd backstroke. Her time of 1:09.76 was good for first place. Kosmen finished third with a time of 1:14.77 and Nowak finished fifth with a time of 1:29.38.
“Our backstroke trio of Naomi, Amanda and Morgan all had good times for this time in the season,” Garcia said.
Another race brought another Lakeland victory. Margitan won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:26.13. Hanna Wegner-Clements finished fourth with a time of 1:40.67.
“Lots of work goes into races that last less than 1:30 so I give lots of credit to the girls that put in the work,” Garcia said. “The payoff will come through at the end of the season.”
The final event of the night came in the 400-yard freestyle. Lakeland took first place with a time of 4:22.60. The team consisted of Starynski, Hamerla, Ross and Kosmen.
The team’s next meet was Thursday, Sept. 12 at Rhinelander starting at 5:30 p.m.
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