Girls’ Swim and Dive concludes, Boys’ begins

Courtney Severance, Editor-in-Chief

Just as the Brookfield Central Girls’ Swim and Dive team ended their successful season, the Boys’ team, the Barracudas, hopped into the pool. The Lady Lancers had one of their most thriving seasons being undefeated in dual meets and placing second at JV Conference, first at both Conference Relays and Varsity Conference, and fourth at Sectionals.

The girls’ team sent five athletes to the State Competition at the UW-Madison Natatorium — Natalie Daniel (’17), Claire Flatley (’16), Gwen Gustafson (’18), Caitlin Locante (’17), and Nicole Wahlgren (’15) — in addition to its other successes this year. After Locante won the Sectional meet in diving, qualifying her for State, she placed tenth in Madison. The four swimmers qualified for all three relays in the swim competition, placing sixth in the 200 Free Relay, and breaking the school records in each of those events. Individual events by Central swimmers include Daniel in the 100 Backstroke, Flatley in the 50 Free, and Wahlgren in the 100 Fly. The Lady Lancers placed twelfth overall at State, showing vast improvement from last year during which the team did not earn any points.

The Monday following the girls’ State Meet, the Brookfield Boys Swim and Dive team, a combined team of East and Central known as the Brookfield Barracudas, started practices. Although its season just begun, the team shows great potential and promise despite losing key swimmers who graduated last year.

Nora Plant (’15), a Girls Swim and Dive varsity letter earner and one of the Boys’ Swim and Dive Team Managers, said, “Although practices have just started, the boys are already working very hard, and we are excited to see how they will do this year. They are showing great potential and work well together as a team. I expect nothing but success for the boys.”

The Varsity boys had their first meet, the Dec. 2 Barracuda Invite, which they held at Brookfield East. They placed fourth out of six teams, following some of the most competitive teams in the state: Madison Memorial, Arrowhead, and Middleton high schools. They are competing in dual meets and invites.