For each of the past six years, Muskego's girls swimming and diving team has finished in third place behind powerhouses Arrowhead and Waukesha South/Mukwonago at sectionals.
The Warriors were able to break that streak, posting their best sectional performance since 2009 by taking second at the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Waukesha South High School on Nov. 4 and 5.
Two-time defending state champion Arrowhead won the sectional with 379 team points, while Muskego finished with 315 points and Waukesha South/Mukwonago was third with 277 points.
Muskego qualified 14 entries to the state meet, including winning two sectional championships.
"It is extremely difficult to qualify for the Division 1 championships, and I am really proud that our girls performed how they needed to in order to earn a trip to Madison," Muskego coach Heidi Szczupakiewicz said. "They are a great group of swimmers but an even more special group of young women."
Senior Lauren Stigler will have a chance to defend her state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke, as she won the sectional title. She will enter the state meet as the favorite to repeat, as her time of 1:03.92 was the lowest at any of the Division 1 sectionals.
Stigler also qualified for state in the 100 butterfly by taking second with a time of 57.23. She took 15th in the event at the state meet in 2013.
Muskego also won a sectional championship in the 200 medley relay, as the team of senior Payton Zess, Stigler, senior Ellie Szczupakiewicz and freshman Grace Mayes posted a time of 1:47.09.
Mayes, Szczupakiewicz and sophomore Leanne Stigler qualified in multiple individual events.
Szczupakiewicz grabbed state berths in the 100 butterfly with a fifth-place finish in 58.80 and in the 500 freestyle by taking sixth place in 5:11.24. Mayes qualified in the 200 freestyle by coming in sixth in 1:54.97 and in the 100 freestyle by claiming sixth in 53.92. Leanne Stigler took seventh in the 500 freestyle in 5:11.26 and fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.31 to make state in both events.
Junior Madeline Willoughby qualified in the 500 freestyle by taking eighth in 5:11.56, Zess earned a trip to state in the 100 backstroke by placing third in 58.96 and junior Andrea Bellart made it in the 100 breaststroke with a third-place finish in 1:06.26.
The relay team of senior Sydney Grohman, senior Lilly Larsen, freshman Sofia Mioduszewski and Willoughby qualified in the 200 freestyle relay by taking fourth in 1:41.30. Lauren Stigler, Grohman, Willoughby and Mayes took fifth in 3:38.66 to earn a spot at state in the 400 freestyle relay.
"We had a fantastic meet," Heidi Szczupakiewicz said. "All 10 members of our sectional team qualified for state in some event."
The WIAA Division 1 state swimming and diving meet is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. Diving begins at 10 a.m. with the timed swimming finals slated for 3 p.m.
Muskego finished in eighth place as a team in 2015.