Witt-Birn swimmers to compete at state meet

Chargers to race in eight team, individual events
NEW Media Staff

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls swim team stepped up big time at their sectional championship meet in Merrill on Nov. 4.

Of the 14 events in the Division 2 meet, the Chargers qualified in eight events to compete in the state championship.

The highest seed of those events is the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Faith Resch, Kelsie Davis, Ava Hegewald and Reese Dickman that is seeded sixth. The group placed second at sectionals.

Davis, Dickman, Resch and Hegewald also advanced to the state meet in the 200-yard medley relay after finishing second at Merrill.

The 54th annual WIAA girls swimming and diving championship will be held Nov. 10-11 at the Waukesha South High School Natatorium.

Davis placed sixth in the 200-yard individual medley and earned a state berth. At state, she will also compete in the 100-yard backstroke after placing fourth at sectionals.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Resch placed third and Dickman was fourth at sectionals; both advance to the state meet in this event.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Dickman advanced to the state meet after a third-place finish in Merrill. Hegewald placed 15th.

Resch will also compete at state in the 100-yard freestyle after finishing in fourth at sectionals. Claire Timm placed 26th the event.

Andrea Powell was 16th and Timm was 20th in the 200-yard freestyle. Powell placed 14th in the 500-yard freestyle.

As a team, the Chargers earned 148 points and placed seventh.


The Shawano/Bonduel swim team earned 12 points and finished in 14th place at the Division 1 sectional meet at Wisconsin Rapids.

A pair of relay teams each finished in 14th, the best showings for the team.

In the 200-yard medley relay, it was Brynn Hannes, Jai Bisterfeldt, Tela Hopfensperger and Lila Melchior placing 14th. Also in that place was the team of Hopfensperger, Breanna Anderson, Hannes and Bisterfeldt in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Melchior placed 21st in the 100-yard breaststroke. Hopfensperger was 22nd in the 500-yard freestyle and 23rd in the 50-yard freestyle.

Hannes was 28th in the 100-yard backstroke. Bisterfeldt was 31st and Anderson was 35th in the 50-yard freestyle.


With a handful of top 10 finishes, Pulaski scored 102 points and finished in ninth place in the Division 1 sectional at Neenah.

Mary Duffrin placed fifth in the 200-yard individual medley and seventh in the 100-yard butterfly.

Eva Sauer, Jillian Wentland, Duffrin and Brynn Rybicki placed eighth in the 200-yard medley relay. Sauer, Wentland, Rybicki and Duffrin were also eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Sauer was ninth in the 100-yard backstroke. She was also 11th in the 200-yard freestyle and was joined by Rybicki in 21st, Elizabeth Ryan in 22nd and Georgia Giannunzio in 23rd.

Olivia Krueger finished in 16th place in the 200-yard individual medley. Brynn Kapla was 29th and Lacee Clauss was 36th in the 50-yard freestyle.

In the 100-yard freestyle, it was Ryan in 20th, Kapla in 23rd and Clauss in 27th. Rybicki placed 18th and Giannunzio was 19th in the 500-yard freestyle.

Coming in 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke was Wentland, with teammate Krueger finishing in 19th.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kapla, Giannunzio, Ryan and Krueger placed 12th.