Dani Cabrera wins 100-yard freestyle to lead team; 400 free relay team also earns first-place points
Powered by a group of consistent top performers, the OHS girls varsity swim team finished third at the 2014 Wisconsin Little Ten conference swim meet at the YMCA at Pabst Farms, Nov. 1.
OHS finished with 278 points, behind first-place West Bend West (386) and second-place finisher Hartford (308). The third-place finish duplicated last season’s finish for OHS.
While the Cooney swimmers would have preferred a stronger finish, the scores pretty much reflected how the teams finished in dual meets this season with West and Hartford topping the OHS squad in head-to-head competition.
Leading the way for OHS with the team’s only individual title was senior Dani Cabrera, a freestyle specialist. Cabrera defeated a strong field in the 100-yard freestyle with a 54.26 clocking. Her time was less than a second better than second-place finisher Cora Meinberg of Hartford. Meinberg was the WLT Swimmer of the Year last season and the defending champ in the event. Cabrea’s time was just a half second off the 53.93 conference record held by Oconomowoc’s Ann Goggins, set in 1991. Goggins’ record, recorded 23 years ago, is the longest-standing of all the conference records.
Cabrera also picked up another first-place ribbon by joining teammates Samantha Johnston, Sarah Konruff, and Amanda Jordan in winning the meet’s last event, 400 freestyle relay, a race the group has owned this season. Its time, 3:45.64, also challenged the conference record, 3:45.64, set in 2012 by another OHS relay team featuring Cabrera, Johnston, Konruff and Kasey Chadwick.
OHS finished second in the event last season with a 4:10.55 clocking. Cabrera, Johnston, Konruff and Chadwick were also members of that relay team.
Earlier on Saturday, Cabrera, in her last competitive meet for OHS, finished third in the 50 free, an event that often finds several swimmers within 100ths of a second apart. Saturday was no different as the top four swimmers finished within a second of each other. Hartford swimmers finished 1-2 and 4 in the race. Cabrera’s time, 25.41 was just off the winning time of 24.59. Her time was also considerably better than her clocking at last season’s conference meet where she finished third with a 28.31.
Oconomowoc also picked four second-place, four third-place and two fourth-place finishers.
Junior Sarah Konruff and freshman Amanda Jordan added two second-place ribbons each to the ones they won as part of the winning 400 free relay team.
Konruff, the defending champ in 200-yard free was second in the event this year and second in the 500-yard free races while Jordan, in her first conference championship, finished second in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
Konruff, Jordan, and Cabrera added third-place points to the team total with their finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a 1:55.63 clocking.
West Bend West, the winner, smashed the conference record in the event, 1:54.85 by racing to a 1:51.77 clocking. A quartet of girls from Hartford also topped the old record, but had to settle for second place.
Johnston added two more third-place finishes for OHS in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke.
Fourth-place points were earned by freshman Alexis Craft, also competing her first conference championship, and the Cooney 200 freestyle relay team. Swimming for OHS in that race were Taylor Tuftee, Craft, Brittney Zimmer, and Sarah Petelinsek.
Craft’s fourth in the 100 butterfly helped OHS finish with two swimmers in the top four in the race (Jordan was second). Their finishes also represented the best performances by freshmen in the event as the other six top finishers were all upperclassmen.