Cabrera’s four first-place finishes pace Cooney girls
In one of the more competitive dual meets of the season, the West Bend West girls varsity swim team opened up a big early lead, withstood a Cooney rally that tied the meet after eight events, and then pulled away for a close, 89-81, Wisconsin Little Ten conference win Wednesday at the YMCA at Pabst Farms. With the win, West captured the conference dual meet crown.
The Spartans, in winning the meet’s first three races, opened up an early, 31-15. lead before OHS rallied behind outstanding senior Dani Cabrera who gave Cooney its first win in her specialty, the 50-free freestyle.
West won the next event, the 100-yard butterfly, but Cabrera kept OHS alive with her second win of the night, in the 100-free. When OHS took second and third places in the event (Catherine Olson and Brittney Zimmer), it picked up 13 team points to move to within 4 points of West, at 49-45.
A Cooney win in the next event, the 200 freestyle relay, pulled OHS even with West at 62-62, but West outscored Cooney 23-9 in the next two races to move out ahead, 85-71, and effectively win the meet, even though there was still another event left, the 400 free relay.
Each team was allowed to enter two teams in the relay and with 16 total points available for the top three finishers, all West needed to do was have one of its teams finish third. Given that there were only two Cooney teams in the race, that was pretty much a sure thing.
Even if West did not enter teams in the relay and OHS finished 1-2, the total points OHS could gain, 12, would have left it two short of West. When a West team finished second to Oconomowoc, its four points gave the Spartans the final 89-81 edge.
In addition to her two wins in individual events, Cabrera swam legs on the winning Cooney 200- and 400-yard free relay teams. That gave her four first-place finishes to pace Oconomowoc.
Joining her on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team were freshman Amanda Jordan, senior Taylor Tuftee, and freshman Brittney Zimmer.
Her teammates on the winning 400-yard free relay were junior Samantha Johnston, Jordan, and junior Sarah Konruff.
Picking up second place points for OHS were its 200-yard medley relay team (Konruff, Johnston, freshman Alexis Craft, and Tuftee); Konruff (220-yard free); Johnston (200-yard individual medley); Johnston (500-yard free); and Jordan (100-yard backstroke).