Mara Freeman, Emily Landwehr and Ella Weaver are going to be busy Friday, Nov. 15, when the McFarland High School girls swimming team competes in the WIAA Division 2 state tournament at the UW-Madison Natatorium.
Freeman and Landwehr will each swim in four events and Weaver will be in three after qualifying for state at the Nov. 9 sectionals in Baraboo. The sophomore Freeman captured first in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.26 seconds, better than a full second ahead of Anna teDuits of Madison Edgewood. Freeman’s teammate, Abigail Harrington, also earned a spot in the same race after a finish of 1:00.64. Freeman will also compete in the 200-yard medley relay with Weaver, Landwehr and Emily Schoenbrodt after the foursome finished second to Madison Edgewood with a time of 1:48.64.
Landwehr will swim for a state title in the 100-butterfly after a third-place sectional finish in 58.74, only .09 behind second-place Lauren Steien of Black River Falls and .21 seconds short of race winner Izzy Enz of Madison Edgewood.
Freeman will also run in the 100-freestyle after taking runner-up to Maeve Driscoll of Madison Edgweood with a time of 52.71, only a difference of .19 seconds. After Freeman’s freestyle run, Weaver will take the pool for the 500-freestyle. At Baraboo, Weaver swam to fourth place in 5:26.69.
The state tournament’s 100-breaststroke will include Weaver, Landwehr and teammate Laura Billman. Landwehr was second at Baraboo with a time of 1:07.10, one second in back of first-place Ella Lohr of Baraboo. Weaver had a fifth-place sectional finish in 1:07.94 just ahead of sixth-place Billman.
Freeman will run her fourth race of the evening and Landwehr her third as part of the 400-freestyle relay after the Spartans captured a third-place showing in sectionals. Freeman, Landwehr, Sofia Alf and Adrianna Nickels finished the distance in 3:41.63, seven seconds in back of race winner Madison Edgewood.
In other events, Nickels qualified for state after taking seventh in the 200-individual medley relay in 2:16.89.
Madison Edgewood won eight sectional events to finish first in team points with 353. McFarland was second with 297, and DeForest was third with 238.
The Division 2 state tournament begins Friday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m.
In 2018, McFarland won four events at state but still finished second to the Crusaders in points.