Reshuffled Cooney lineup holds up well, but Hartford gains WLT win
When things go wrong, they can snowball. The OHS girls varsity swim team, primed for a Wisconsin Little Ten meet with archrival Hartford last week, unexpectedly went into the competition without out of its top point-producers, saw another get pulled from the meet due to a health issue, and in general suffered a host of other complications (see asthma attacks and slipping on the blocks).
As a result, OHS coaches Jenny Piorkowski and Britta Fell had to do some quick last-minute shuffling of the lineup in the meet at Hartford. And despite all the challenges, the girls did well, although Hartford won the meet, 91-79. The depleted Cooney swimmers still managed to five to the 11 events with stars Sarah Konruff and Samantha Johnston each winning two races. They also two combined with Dani Cabrera and Brianna Zimmer to win the 400 freestyle relay. Konruff won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races and Johnston was first in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breastroke.
Cabrera, who slipped on the block, was third in the 50-free and second in the 100 free. In the 100, the Cooney star was just 0.02 seconds (56.09) behind first place winner Cora Meinberg (56.07) in an extremely close race. Also finishing second for OHS was the the 200-yard medley relay team of Brittney Zimmer, Alexis Craft, Madeline Lesniak, and Brianna Zimmer. Given that sophomore Brianna Zimmer was the “old lady” in the quartet with the others being freshmen, it was an outstanding performance as the young team picked up four valuable team points.
Craft was also second in the 100-yard butterfly. Brianna Zimmer also earned four points with her second in the 500-yard free, finished second behind Konruff. The duo gave OHS 10 team points. Earning third-place points for OHS were Craft (200-yard individual medley); Brittany Zimmer (200-yard backstroke), Lesniak (100-yard breastroke) and the 400 free relay team of Craft, Brittney Zimmer, Sarah Perlinsek, and Emma Wick.
The Cooney junior varsity team also lost, 114-54, as many of the OHS freshmen and sophomore were swimming on the varsity level. Next for the team is a dual meet on Thursday against West Bend East at 6 p.m. at the YMCA at Pabst Farms.