Stoughton junior Sophia Bormett’s quest to repeat as the 200-yard freestyle state champion came up short, but she medaled in the event at the Division 2 state meet Friday, Nov. 15.
Bormett finished fourth in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:54.56 at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.
“I think my time was really close to my best,” Bormett said. “There is always more competition coming in. You don’t know what it will be like.”
River Falls freshman Ellery Ottem captured gold in the 200 free (1:49.54), and Edgewood freshman Izzy Enz took second (1:52.55). The time by Bormett was just short of her state champion time she swam last year (1:53.30).
“I was just trying to push myself to go as fast as I could at the start so I could keep up with them.”
“She did exactly what we were expecting her to do,” Stoughton co-coach Kristine Schoen added. “It seems like the division gets faster and faster in their sprints every year. It’s really crazy to see that talent.”
Bormett said she worked hard on her flip turns and that gave her a boost at state. She also took seventh in the 100 free (52.85), .54 seconds away from earning a medal. Her time was just shy of her lifetime-best (52.28) she set in the sectional meet last year.
“I came in seeded seventh and ended up seventh,” she said. “ It was a little disappointing not getting lifetime-bests, but you can’t expect that every single meet.”
Stoughton finished 19th out of 37 teams with 53 points. The Vikings competed in a program-best five events at state.
Badger South Conference champion Edgewood crushed the field en route to winning a fifth straight state title. The Crusaders ran away with the title (290 points).
Stoughton junior Savy Borroughs took 11th in the 50 free (25.06). It marked her first individual race at state, as she was .5 of a second away from her season-best time.
“It felt fast, but it was definitely a letdown to see my final time,” Borroughs said. “I was hoping for a PR. Next year, I know to laugh a little before my event.”
Bormett, Borroughs, junior Ava Schigur and freshman Lillian Talbert finished 12th in the 200 free relay (1:41.69), .51 seconds faster than their seed time. The same quartet placed 12th (3:44.01) in the 400 free relay, .23 seconds faster than their seed time.
Stoughton co-coach Kristine Schoen said Schigur had a great meet, swimming lifetime-best splits in the relays.
Bormett will take one week off before she starts club swimming with McFarland. She’s looking to use this year’s state berth in the 50 free as a springboard for next year.
“My motivation is to keep dropping time and hopefully next year make it on the podium,” she said.