Madison West senior Katrina Marty will have security in numbers this weekend after the Regents qualified seven individual swimmers and three relays for state after the WIAA Division 1 Middleton sectional.
Marty, an Arizona State recruit, won the 100-yard backstroke (56.29) and the 100 butterfly (55.36) Saturday in Middleton to punch her ticket back to state. Marty, the two-time defending state champion in the backstroke, will look to add another gold medal to her collection.
The Regents will send seven individuals and all three relays to the Division 1 state meet Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.
The champion in each of the state’s six sectionals automatically qualify for state. The other state qualifiers are determined based on time.
Middleton, the two-time defending Division 1 state champions, clipped Sun Prairie for the sectional team title 317-312. Madison West took third (291) and Verona Area/Mount Horeb finished fourth (289) in the 14-team sectional.
Sophomore Bridget Sullivan finished second in the 100 freestyle (52.50) and third in the 50 free (24.23) to qualify for state in both events.
The Regents qualified all three relays for state. The other individual state qualifiers for West are freshman Evy Laursen (200 individual medley, 500 freestyle), sophomore Maddy Reid (backstroke), sophomore Natalie Schick (backstroke), freshman Bella Granetzke (200 free, 500 free) and junior Lauren Mickelson (diving).
The Regents displayed their depth in the backstroke at the sectional with three of the top seven. Marty was the sectional champion followed by Reid who took fifth (57.92) and Schick who placed seventh (58.08).
Granetzke finished sixth in the 200 free (1:56.29) and sixth in the 500 free (5:14.34). The Regents’ 200 medley relay team of Marty, junior Naomi Kissel, sophomore Kate Messner and Sullivan took fourth (1:45.72). In the 400 free relay, Granetzke teamed with Messner, freshman Quinn Weygandt and Laursen to finish fourth (3:38.52). Kissel teamed with Marty, Granetzke and Sullivan to finish fifth in the 200 free relay (1:37.97).
Mickelson took seventh in the sectional in diving (358.10) and Laursen placed eighth in the 500 free (5:14.34) and ninth in the 200 IM (2:09.43).
Marty is one of four returning state champions seeking a third straight title in their events. She is looking to win a third straight gold medal in the 100 backstroke. She started her prep swimming career by taking ninth in the state in the 100 back as a freshman in 2015. Marty has the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the back (55.3). She is the top seed in the 100 butterfly (55.36).
Middleton, the two-time defending Division 1 state champions, is the favorite to win a third consecutive title. The Cardinals’ 200 free relay is seeking a third straight state title.
The Regents have the seventh seed in the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.97). The Wildcats’ 200 free relay has the third-fastest qualifying time (1:37.18). The top qualifying time in the relay heading into state belongs to Sun Prairie (1:36.79) and the second-fastest qualifying time is Middleton (1:36.91).
Sullivan is seeded seventh in the 50 free (24.23) and eighth in the 100 free (52.50). Mickelson is the seventh seed in diving.
Verona Area/ Mount Horeb’s 200 medley relay has the second-fastest qualifying time (1:45.28). Brookfield East has the top time (1:44.38) entering the state meet. The Regents are seeded 11th in the 200 medley relay and 15th in the 400 free relay.