PREP GIRLS SWIMMING: Baraboo cruises past Sauk Prairie in conference opener | Badger-north

After two weeks of invitationals, the Baraboo girls swim team kicked off the Badger North Conference dual season by hosting Sauk Prairie on Tuesday.

The Thunderbirds won in convincing fashion, rolling to a 112-58 win over Sauk Prairie at Jack Young Middle School.

“We swam well,” Baraboo coach Lynn Keeling said. “They (Sauk Prairie) had some good swims too; they are a good team. … It was a good start to the dual season.”

Baraboo swept the three relay events, starting with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet, as Mackenzie Koehler, Taylor Bradley, Kirby Tock and Hannah Vittengl touched the wall in 1 minute, 55.13 seconds. Tock, Danielle Crum, Izzy DuBray and Naomi Pelland used a time of 1:46.86 to take first in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Finally, Koehler, Crum, Pelland and Vittengl won the last event of the day, touching the wall in 3:54.87 to claim the 400-yard freestyle relay.

“Our relays were strong as always,” Keeling said.

While the Baraboo relays have started the season fast, the T-Birds are deep and the lineups will look different by the time the season wraps up in November.

“Those are never set, even with what relays the girls are swimming each meet,” Baraboo assistant coach Ashley Dietsch said.

Koehler picked up Baraboo’s first individual win of the day, using a time of 2:05.92 to finish first in the 200-yard freestyle. Crum (2:13.53) and Leah Erdman (2:14.41) finished third and fourth in the event.

Tock (2:20.44) and Taylor Bradley (2:22.94) took the top-two spots in the 200-yard individual medley. Tock also claimed the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.22, while Mattie Letendre (1:08.22) took third in the event.

Vittengl also swam to a pair of first-place finishes, winning the 50-yard freestyle (:26.00) and the 100-yard freestyle (:56.92). Pelland placed third in the 50 free (:26.62), while Giselle Riem (:59.95) and Eva Frank (1:00.36) took third and fourth in the 100 free.

Taylor Bradley won Baraboo’s final individual title of the night, using a time of 1:10.26 to win the 100-yard breaststroke by more than 4 seconds. DuBray (1:17.55) added a third-place finish in the event, while Pelland (1:18.09) placed fourth.

Overall, Keeling said it was a strong start to the dual schedule.

“It was good — not quite as fast as our times on Saturday,” Keeling said, referring to the Baraboo Relays, where the T-Birds finished first.

But those somewhat slower times are by design, as the T-Birds typically don’t slow down their training prior to a dual meet.

“We don’t really approach them differently,” Keeling said of the difference between invitationals and duals. “But we don’t take it as easy on them the day before duals. We kind of just train right through the duals.”

Baraboo will get a break before hosting a triangular against Beaver Dam and River Valley on Sept. 21.

Sauk Prairie will have nearly a week off before hosting River Valley next Tuesday.

Follow Brock Fritz on Twitter @BrockFritz

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