The Phillips Wave hosted their second swim meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Phillips Community Pool. Despite the cold temperatures outside, there was an excellent spectator turnout. The Wave swimmers did not disappoint either, as many of them swam to outstanding times and finishes.
Annikka Johnson continued to lead the way for the 11-12 year-old girls by improving her times in every event she swam. “Annikka is a little powerhouse of a swimmer,” said coach Kent Ertl. “Several of her times, especially in the freestyle, would put her near the top of the 13-14 age group. She is, at 12, the fastest freestyle swimmer I can recall this team having. She has already qualified for the maximum seven events at the Midwest Regionals, held in Minneapolis in April, and will be looking to improve on those qualifying times in our upcoming meets. Johnson, along with teammates Olivia Harding, Kirsten Weik, and Kayleigh Denruiter, also swam to a first place finish in the free relay.
“In the 13-14 year-old division several swimmers performed very well,” said Ertl. Michaela Ericksen finished first in the 400 IM, 100 fly, and 200 fly. Michael Prochnow finished first in all four of his events: the 50, 100, 200, and 500 free. Marina Windmoeller took first in the 50 free and second in the 100 fly. Mckenzi Franz swam a strong race in the 100 breaststroke and finished second. The relay team of Ericksen, Windmoeller, Franz, and Maria Surman took first place in the 200 free relay.
Several good swims were also turned in by the 15 & over age group swimmers. Elise Ertl took first in the 100 and 200 back events and second in the 50 and 200 free events. She is another Wave swimmer who has qualified for several events at the Midwest Regionals.
Lyndsey Holan took third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 breaststroke. Sydney Young took fourth in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Abi Kaliska took fifth in the 200 IM. Marcel Vondrus took first in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 100 free. Emma Schmidt took first in the 1,000 free, second in the 500 free, and fifth in the 100 free. Claire Langfoss finished third in the 100 back and sixth in both the 100 breaststroke and 100 free.
10 and under swimmers
“After two weeks off for break, the kids came back strong and did very well at our second home meet,” said coach Rebecca Lovejoy. “We started the meet off right with a first place finish in the 200 Medley Relay with great swims by all four swimmers, but an especially strong finish by Jazzlyn Ludwig who managed to overtake two other swimmers in the last 15 yards of the race.
“We also had several swimmers place in their individual events, and many swam best times, despite the long break. Wyatt Graceffa (8) took third in the 25 back stroke, and won it all in the 25 breast by taking two seconds off his PR.”
Pooja Muruganandan (8) took third in the 25 free, and second in the 25 back.
Jazzlyn Ludwig (10) finished second in her 50 back by shaving a second off her best time, and Logan Bjork (10) claimed second in the 50 butterfly and first in the 50 free. Paige Dragovich (9) put up several strong swims taking two seconds from her 50 free, and five seconds from her 50 backstroke. Jessica Morone (8) took five seconds off her 25 breaststroke, and Sofia Windmoeller (10) shaved three seconds from her 50 back. Hannah Pippenger (8) took over 30 seconds from her 25 breaststroke and Jessica Ludwig (10) managed to shave 2.5 seconds from her 50 free, and five seconds from her 50 breaststroke.
The Wave travels to Ladysmith for their next meet on Saturday, Jan. 11th.