Article by Coach Maas:
The Whippet Track and Field Family opened their season at the Nelson-Daniels Classic on Friday night. The meet, named in honor of legendary WHS coaches Phil Nelson and John Daniels, turned out to be a great start for the Whippets.
Photos by Bob Mischka
Setting the tone for the evening the girls 4×800 relay team gave a great effort in the first event of the year. Olive Coburn, Odessa Sonn, Ella Willman, and Jenna Lee ran hard to open the meet. Morgan Radaj finished 4th in the 55 M Dash in an outstanding field of sprinters running 7.82. Grace Black showed she’s back from an injury that slowed her most of her freshman year by winning her heat of the 55 in 7.98. Amanda Tovar rounded out the girls evening in the 55 sprinting to a very respectable 8.16. Running in her first hurdles race Emme Bullis advanced to the finals of the 55 M Highs and then finished 6th in a time of 9.93. When the 4×200 Relay came around the Whippet girls were ready to roll. In a very tough field that included defending State Champion Catholic Memorial. The team of Morgan Radaj, Abby Grosinske, Kacie Corollo, and Hailey Murphy finished third overall in 1:56.72. Corollo and Murphy teamed up with Emme Bullis and Catherine Skindingsrude in the 4×400 finishing 9th in 4:33.05.
In the pole vault Sydney Treder and Jenna Caldwell finished 3rd and 4th respectively and tied their all time bests with vaults of 9’ and 8’. Abby Grosinske narrowly missed her all time best in the shot put with a toss of 35’ 8” garnering a 3rd place finish. All in all, the girls of Whippet Track and Field competed their hearts out to the very end finishing 6th out of 24 teams with 31 points.
Photos by Bob Mischka
On the boys side it didn’t take long for things to heat up when the Whippet 4X800 M relay took to the track.
Trenten Zahn ran a very smart lead off leg to put the whippets in first. Gio Anello, Daniel Trost, and Ignacio Cuevas finished things off in tough competition for a 3rd place finish. In the 55 M Dash Will Leibbrand, Jared Clapper, and Tyler Pavlik led the Whippet contingent with Leibbrand advancing to the finals and finishing a solid 6th running 6.84. Gio Anello and Denver Isbell ran solid races in the 800 with times of 2:15.55 and 2:22. While Will Hoffman and Cooper Hammond battled it out in the 1600. The quartet of Jack Mayer, Jared Clapper, Will Leibbrand, and Sashi Popke finished 4th in the 4×200 running 1:39.29. Juan Cuellar excited the Whippet crowd when he burst out to an early lead in the 400 M Dash and won going away in a time of 53.71.
Joe Gmur and Ben Stoll represented in the high jump with Gmur finishing 6th with a leap of 5’8”. Arturo Franco set a personal record of 41’ 11 ¾” in the shot put, while Sashi Popke won the pole vault going 13’ 6” along with a second place finish in the long Jump at 21’ 1 ½”.
With his anchor leg in the 4×200 Sashi scored 20 points and was named “The Athlete of The Meet”. The 4×400 contingent of Juan Cuellar, Jack Mayer, Ignacio Cuevas, and Trenten Zahn capped off the evening with a 3rd place finish helping the Whippet boys capture the team runner-up trophy with 50.5 points.
It was a great night and a great start for girls and boys of Whippet Track and Field. ONE TEAM/ONE FAMILY.
The J-Hawk Aquatic Club had ten 13 & Over athletes competing at the Wisconsin State Swimming Championships this past weekend.
J-Hawk State Team: Dani Cramer, Gaby de Moya-Cotter, Sophia Fanshaw, Grace Foucault, Ella Gorski, Ella Houwers, Cameron Krause, Young Liang, Ruby Schieldt, and Brianna Zimdars
Dani Cramer led the team as she finished in 4th place, in the highpoint awards, for the senior girls. Dani had an outstanding weekend, qualifying for nationals in the 200 fly and 400 IM. She also swam a 1:59.93 200 back and a 55.44 100 back (the 2:00 barrier is a huge accomplishment, in this event). Dani now has 9 events that she can choose from, at nationals (50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly, 100 IM, 200 IM, and 400 IM), which shows an incredible versatility.
Dani, Ella Houwers, Gaby de Moya-Cotter, and Brianna Zimdars achieved the national qualifying time for the 400 medley relay and the 200 medley relay.
Young Liang broke the team record in the senior 100 IM.
Grace Foucault also achieved her first Speedo cut, in the 200 back and will be travelling to Rochester, Minnesota to compete March 16th-17th.
We had several top 20 performances, from Dani, Young Liang, and Ella Houwers
Top 20 Performances (made it back to finals):
Dani Cramer: 200 fly (5th, 2:05.93), 400 IM (4th, 4:29.90), 200 back (3rd, 1:59.93), 100 back (3rd, 55.44), 100 IM (12th, 59.17), and 100 free (19th, 53.15)
Ella Houwers: 200 breast (5th, 2:22.00), 100 breast (14th, 1:07.17), 400 IM (18th, 4:40.43), and 200 IM (20th, 2:10.32)
Young Liang: 100 breast (8th, 58.19) and 200 IM (13th, 1:58.44)
The 400 medley relay placed 11th and the 800 free relay (Ella Houwers, Gaby de Moya-Cotter, Ruby Schieldt, and Dani Cramer) placed 14th
Dani Cramer: 200 fly (3.5 sec), 400 IM (3 sec), 200 back, 100 back, 100 free, and 100 IM
Grace Foucault: 200 back, 100 fly
Ella Gorski: 50 free, 100 back, 200 back
Ella Houwers: 400 IM (9 sec), 100 IM, 200 IM, 200 back, 200 free
Cameron Krause: 100 fly, 100 breast
Young Liang: 50 free, 100 free, 100 IM, 100 fly, 100 breast, 200 IM
Ruby Schieldt: 1000 free
Brianna Zimdars: 1000 free (9 seconds), 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly, and 200 back (3 sec)
The next J-Hawk session starts on Tuesday, April 2nd. Visit www.j-hawks.org, for more information.
From Coach O’Hara:
Whitewater High School Gymnastics wrapped up the 2018-2019 season with a banquet held on Wednesday, March 6th at Whitewater High School.
The gymnasts did a fantastic job this season and they will continue to do so in future seasons. The awards presented at the banquet were earned by the following gymnasts. MVP Sydney Treder, Most Dedicated Autumn Lesar, Most Improved Varsity Trinity Nickels, Most Improved JV Anna Ejnik, and Rookie of the Year Giselle Ramirez. At the banquet, three Southern Lakes Conference awards were given out. This is a very high honor for the Whitewater High School Gymnasts. Trinity Nickels and Sydney Treder earned Honorable Mention and the highlight was Autumn Lesar earning Second Team All-Conference.
Thank you to the parents for supporting the girls, organizing pasta parties, and all the other amazing things you have done throughout the season. Thank you to Mr. Mischka for coming to the gymnastics meets and taking pictures of the girls.
Overall, it was an amazing season and I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls to work with. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Go Whippets!
Former Whippet Daniel Fuller was recently voted to the All-Freshman Team by the coaches of the NCCAA DII South Region. Injuries and other personnel issues opened the door for Daniel to make the team right before the season started and caused the team to get off to a slow start. Midway through the season Daniel cracked the starting lineup and was a key contributor to the Bruins finishing 7-1 in their regional play. Fuller averaged 8.3 points per game while shooting an impressive 43% from beyond the arc.
“I’m very happy for Daniel to receive this recognition from the coaches in our region,” Bruins men’s basketball head coach Burton Uwarow said. “He works hard and does things the right way while always looking to improve. We wouldn’t be where we are this season without him and the impact he has had on our team this year.”
For more visit the Bob Jones University announcement here.