Talented Brookfield East swimmers looking to compete
Rose returns three state qualifiers
Brookfield East coach Michael Rose has plenty of talent returning this season to the girls swimming and diving team.
Leading the way are state qualifiers seniors Maggie Lingle and Lindsay Powell and junior Jessica Westcott.
Lingle, who along with Powell is a team captain, qualified for state in the 100-meter butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay. She also swims the 200 individual medley, the 100 fly and the distance free.
Powell qualified in the 100 backstroke, the 200 IM, the 200 medley relay (fly) and the 400 free relay. She also swims the back, IM, fly and free.
Westcott qualified in the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. She also swims the 100 back, the sprint free and the IM.
Other top returning letter winners who look to qualify for state include Meredith Gustafson, Anatalia Ashcroft, Kelsey Linsmeier and Sara Kirmis.
Gustafson, a sophomore, just missed qualifying in the 200 free and 100 butterfly. She will swim the 200 and 500 free and the 100 fly.
Ashcroft, a junior, and Linsmeier, a senior, were close to qualifying in diving.
Kirmis, a junior, will swim the IM and breaststroke.
Rose has other returnees from last year's team: Four seniors in Katie Andrae (sprint free), Rosie Bauer, a captain, (breast), Jordan Patterson (sprint free) and Allison Wilhelm (sprint free); Junior Marne Manders (distance free) and four sophomores — Abby Guenther (free), Elise Kreger (free, back), Ellen Mahoney (free) and Emma Woods (distance free).
But Rose also has three freshman to look at in Tatiana Babikova (free, back, breast), Elain Klatt (breast) and Meg Swietlik (breast, free).
"As always we want to qualify several individual events and at least two relays for state," Rose said when asked about goals. "We also hope to challenge Brookfield Central for the GMC Conference and Conference Relay titles."
Rose likes his team's balance, but they need to improve in the breaststroke.
"We have solid returning swimmers in all events," he said. "Our best events are butterfly, individual medley and diving.
"But we graduated the breaststroker from our state 200 medley relay last year, so breaststroke is where we will work to develop some speed."
Rose likes the Lancers and Menomonee Falls in the GMC race.
"Brookfield Central is very good, having limited graduation losses and a few really good freshman entering," he said. "They are certainly the team to beat.
"Menomonee Falls has always been a power. They have a new coach but graduated some really good seniors, so they will be working to rebuild."
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