In two years as a member of the Stoughton girls swimming team, sophomore Sofia Bormett is a perfect eight for eight breaking school records at sectionals.
Bormett ended a nearly two-decade-old drought Saturday and was part of another four school records at the WIAA Division 2 Baraboo sectional meet, helping the Vikings qualify four events to this Friday’s state meet.
She had close to a three second personal-best to win the 200-yard freestyle, breaking her own school record in 1 minute, 54.4 seconds. In the process, she became the Vikings’ first sectional champion since her coach Katie Talmadge (then Liebmann) won the 100 butterfly at the Division 1 sectionals in 2000.
“To have four lifetime-bests, that’s big for a swimmer who swims year-round,” Talmadge said. “At the level she swims at, it gets harder and harder to get best times. To have a perfect meet like this, it’s a big deal.
“An automatic state qualifier, that’s a wonderful perk.”
The Stoughton sophomore finished second in the 200 free, breaking another of her own SHS benchmarks before helping the Vikings cap the meet with new school records in the 200 and 400 free relays.
Between races, Bormett said she tried to stay calm and conserve energy.
In one of her only missteps of the day, Bormett had to be directed to the correct block following her sectional championship.
“I was not prepared. I thought I had to be on the opposite side of the pool,” she said. “I was just very flustered. I got in the right spot eventually, that’s all that matters.”
Bormett also qualified in the 100 free and as a member of the 200 and 400 free relays.
Coming out of the break, Bormett dropped nearly one-and-a-half second to finish second in the 100 free, breaking another of her own school records with a 52.28.
Bormett anchored Stoughton’s 200 free relay of sophomores Savy Boroughs, Ava Schigur and junior Leire Begona to a sixth-place finish in a school record 1:42.45.
“It’s beyond exciting because last year I wasn’t even part of the picture,” Boroughs said. “I was an angry, emotional mess after my 26.11 in the 50 free. I just cleared my head and did it for the team. It’s insane.”
Bormett said with the Vikings being so close to the 200 free record at conference, she was positive the Vikings would break that six-year-old record.
“It’s the 400 free relay that really got me,” she said. “I was so surprised. After the little fluster on Ava’s start, I was really worried.”
Boroughs, Thompson, Schigur and Bormett capped the meet with a school record 3:42.36.
“For me personally, getting a school record as a senior, that was really big,” Thompson said. “It was really cool to see how our team excelled today.”
Schigur was told she was going to be switched from the third to lead leg of the 400 free shortly before the race.
“I was freaking out. My eyes were so big out, thankfully I was wearing goggles and no one could see,” Schigur said.
Talmadge said she had a couple of girls that she knew would likely advance and didn’t taper them all the way, in hopes of going even faster at state.
Bormett was one of those girls.
“I’m really excited for what she’s going to do next week at state,” Talmadge said. “I feel like Ava and Savy have more to give too, and the other girls are just going to ride on the high of being at state.”
Sophomore Evelyn Schaefer placed ninth in the 500 free and 10th in the 200 IM but missed the state qualifying standard in both. Schaefer had nearly a five second season-best 2:23.89 by missed the state cut of 2:17.79. She shaved more than nine seconds with a 5:40.2 in the 500 but missed the state cut 5:31.13.
Schigur had more than a three-and-a-half second PR to finish 10th in the 100 butterfly but just missed the state-qualifying standard of 1:00.93.
Savy Boroughs, junior Andrea Dean, Leire Begona and Schigur finished 11th in the 200 medley relay with a season-best time of 1:57.94.
Thompson touched the wall of the 200 free with nearly a five-and-a-half second season-best 2:07.21 for 12th place. She finished 11th in the 100 fly with a two-second personal-best 1:02.48.
Sophomore Sydney Schipper had a season-best 1:06.3 and finished 14th in the 100 backstroke. Freshman Cora Boroughs, a surprise to make the sectional team, had nearly a seven second personal-best, clocking a 2:10.87 in the 200 free.
Begona and senior Morgan McGee each cut time in the 50 free. Begona cut more than half a second and McGee had a .14 season-best. Senior Audrey Killian cut time to finish 20th in the 500 free.
“We had a very productive taper,” Talmadge said. “I’m glad all the girls had faith in it.”
Savy Boroughs, freshman Melanie Regan and Dean each added a little time in the 50 free, 100 back and 100 breaststroke.
Stoughton scored 145 points to finish seventh out of the 14 teams competing.
Top-ranked Edgewood won the sectional with 369 points, while second-ranked McFarland finished with 311. Fifth-ranked Baraboo was third with 248.
“I just want to go faster,” Bormett said of her expectations this Friday. “I don’t really have any goals because I’ve already made them.”
The only way to go faster may involve the sophomore bringing some hardware home from the UW Natatorium.
Bormett is seeded second in the 200 and 100 frees based on her sectional times.
Tomahawk junior Kylee Theiler has the top seed entering state with a 1:53.62 in the 200 and McFarland senior Alexandra Moderski is the fastest 100 free competitor in 51.44.
The Vikings’ 400 free relay enters state as the eighth seed with a time of 3:42.36 and will swim in lane eight of the second heat. Stoughton’s 200 free relay (1:42.45) is seeded 14th out of the 16 teams at state. Edgewood has the top seed time in both relays with a 1:38.7 in the 200 free and a 3:34.58 in the 400 free.