WHS competed in 5 (of 12) events at the WIAA Div 2 Swimming Championships on Friday, Nov 9. Sixteen schools compete in each event and the top six schools in each event make it to the podium and receive medals. WHS reached the podium in 4 of the 5 events in which they competed — 2 individual races and 2 relays. Sophomore Ella Houwers swam in each of these four events. Ella finished third in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and was Champion in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
From the Janesville Gazette:
A Whitewater High athlete reached the top of the podium Friday for the first time in the 49-year history of the WIAA girls swim meet.
The performance of sophomore Ella Houwers highlighted a hugely successful night for the Whippets during the WIAA Division 2 state meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium.
Houwers won a state title and set a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke, topping a 16-swimmer field in a time of 1 minute, 5.34 seconds to become the Whippets’ first girls champion.
From Coach Foucault:
Whippets posted a new School Record in the 200 Medley Relay and earned medals for their 6th place finish. Congrats to Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Brianna Zimdars, and Morgan Radaj! 1:51.94! These ladies were seeded 11th going into the race and had a plan to win their heat and throw down the best time they could to try to medal. It was great to see how confident the girls were that they could do this, they went out with incredible determination to make this happen and succeeded. This is our first girls’ relay to ever medal at State.
Ella Houwers was able to go a lifetime best in the 200 Individual Medley finishing in 3rd place with a new School Record time of 2:09.12! Way to go Ella!
Brianna Zimdars swam to an 8th place finish in the 500 Freestyle, going a lifetime best 5:19.07! Brianna also posted her best 200 time during this swim, 2:03.97! Brianna is now 6th all-time in the 200 and 4th all-time in the 500! Awesome!
DREAM BIG! We were a bit of a State Meet Cinderella story in the 200 Freestyle Relay with the girls going from the 16th seed to a 6th place medal-winning performance! Way to go Morgan, Brianna, Amber Krebs, and Ella! New School Record 1:41.13! It was a great team effort from all of the girls.
Ella Houwers – STATE CHAMP, 100 Breaststroke – 1:05.34! With not a lot of rest, Ella was able to focus and hold off a very strong field of competitors to earn the title. Ella finished the night with 4 medals at State! What a night!
The girls finished the evening in 8th place!
Thanks to everyone who supported us throughout the whole season!
The No. 5 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team retained the Miner’s Axe rivalry trophy for the 14th consecutive season Saturday with a 49-21 at UW-Platteville in the 26th edition of the George Chryst Memorial Bowl.
With the win, the Warhawks (10-0 overall, 7-0 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) completed the program’s 19th undefeated season after clinching the WIAC championship outright last week and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs two weeks ago.
The No. 5 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team begins its quest for a seventh national championship this Saturday, Nov. 17, at 12 p.m. at Perkins Stadium against Eureka (Ill.).
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater volleyball team will make its 26th appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship over the last 27 years this week as it heads to the NCAA Regional at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Warhawks (24-7 overall) earned a Pool C, or at-large, bid to the national tournament and will face Ohio Northern in the first round this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Central Time.
The winner of Thursday’s match will face the winner of the Greenville-Calvin match, which is slated for Thursday at 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 8 (all times Eastern)
12:30 p.m. – Wittenberg (23-2) vs Carthage (21-10)
3 p.m. – Hope (25-7) vs DePauw (17-10)
5:30 p.m. – UW-Whitewater (24-7) vs Ohio Northern (22-7)
8 p.m. – Calvin (28-1) vs Greenville (23-10)
Friday, November 9 (all times Eastern)
Wittenberg/Carthage winner vs Hope/DePauw winner at 4:30 p.m.
UW-Whitewater/Ohio Northern winner vs Calvin/Greenville winner at 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 (all times Eastern)
Regional Final at 7 p.m.
From Coach Gina Foucault:
It was the kind of meet that gets your heart pumping and doesn’t let you back down to normal until you go to sleep at night. The Whippets started the day off with a record-setting, state qualifying swim in the 200 Medley Relay. Swimmers Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Brianna Zimdars, and Morgan Radaj combined to finish with a time of 1:52.92 beating their best time from just a week ago by almost 3 full seconds.
Next up were Ellie Treder and Lexi Hackney in the 200 Freestyle. Elle took charge of her heat, winning by 9 seconds and dropped 10 seconds off her best time. Lexi also posted a best time by 5 seconds while also going her best 50 and 100 times on the way!
The girls did not disappoint in the 200 Individual Medleys as Amber Krebs was able to post a best time and finish in the Top 16 scoring points for our team score. Ella Houwers secured her spot by winning the event with her lifetime best time and new school record winning time of 2:10.59.
It was exciting to see the girls keep the momentum going as we entered into the 50 Freestyle competition. Maddie Elworthy stepped up to the block first and posted her lifetime best time 28.85 while teammate Lizbeth Rodriguez did the same with her 28.80. In this group of seniors, Morgan Radaj was the last to swim and posted a 25.49 which placed her 3rd all-time on the Top 10 Times list and 4th overall at the meet. We will definitely miss these 3 next year!
Lexi Hackney continued to impress with her 2-second drop in the 100 Butterfly. Sophia Fanshaw stepped up and swam almost 2 seconds in her 100 Butterfly also finishing with a 1:04.15 putting her 4th all-time on the Top 10 Times list and 1st in her heat.
Morgan Radaj was up pretty quickly again in the 100 Freestyle and again posted a best time with a 57.69 putting her 7th all-time on the Top 10 times list.
Our 500 swimmers battled it out with a pretty strong field of swimmers. Ellie Treder entered the race with confidence after her 200 swim and bettered her lifetime best time by 3 seconds. Amber Krebs had a strong race finishing right on her previous time and Brianna Zimdars was able to post her lifetime best time 5:25.00 putting her 6th overall in the Top 10 times list and earning a trip to the State meet for the second year in a row.
The energy level of Whippets continued to stay high and the 200 Freestyle Relay with swimmers Morgan Radaj, Brianna Zimdars, Amber Krebs and Ella Houwers did not disappoint posting another school record performance time of 1:42.65 securing their spot at the State meet.
Maddie Elworthy finished her career as a Whippet with another best time in the 100 Backstroke posting a 1:14.91. Brianna Zimdars and Sophia Fanshaw raced hard in the 100 Backstroke and were able to score points for the team with their 6th and 7th place finishes.
Lizbeth Rodriguez went her 2nd best time of the day with her 1:23.96 in the 100 Breaststroke. We will definitely miss Lizbeth next year. Ella Houwers came to the block with confidence and race to another school record time of 1:05.88, winning the event and securing her second entry into the State meet.
The meet concluded with the 400 Freestyle relay team of Amber Krebs, Maddie Elworthy, Lizbeth Rodriguez and Sophia Fanshaw posting a best time by almost 5 seconds winning their heat and scoring points for the Whippets.
It was such a fun meet and atmosphere for the girls to swim at. The girls posted 15 out of 18 best times in individual events, 3 out of 3 best times in relays, broke 4 school records and have 5 girls headed to the State meet this coming Friday. IT IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A WHIPPET!