Hosting a sectional meet for the first time, New Berlin Eisenhower's swimming and diving team made it a memorable two-day event on Nov. 4 and 5.
Eisenhower won six event sectional titles and qualified 11 entries for the WIAA Division 2 state meet, finishing as team sectional runners-up to Whitefish Bay. The Blue Dukes won the sectional with 317.5 points, while the Lions finished with 302 points.
"This was the best meet of the season for New Berlin Eisenhower," Eisenhower coach Alyssa Bauer said. "Every single race was a season-best time for the girls, and Brooke Sullivan had an all-time high score in diving as well."
Junior Bella Passamani, freshman Anna Oleniczak, junior Emma Oleniczak and sophomore Maddie Guman all earned state berths in two individual events and on two relay teams.
Passamani won a sectional title in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.50 and in the 500 freestyle in 5:04.41. Her qualifying time in the 100 butterfly was the third fastest at any Division 2 sectional, while she also made state in the 500 freestyle in 2014 when she placed eighth.
Guman took home the sectional championship in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.66 to return to state for the second time in the event, as she took fourth as a freshman in 2015. The sophomore also qualified for the state meet in the 100 freestyle by taking third with a time of 54.99.
Anna Oleniczak earned her sectional title by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.60 and also made state in the 200 IM by coming in second in 2:12.59.
Emma Oleniczak earned trips to state in the 100 butterfly by taking third in 1:00.35 and third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.96.
The Lions also claimed sectional championships in two relays. The team of Guman, Anna Oleniczak, Emma Oleniczak and Passamani won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.36 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:40.50.
Junior Brooke Sullivan qualified in the 1-meter dive with a fifth-place finish with a score of 331.15.
The WIAA Division 2 state meet is Friday, Nov. 11, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. The diving competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the timed swimming finals getting underway at 6:30 p.m.
"This is the first time in the five years I've been here we've qualified a diver for state, as well as having four girls all qualify in both of their individual events," Bauer said. "We are looking forward to competing Friday night at state."
Eisenhower finished in sixth place as a team in each of the last two years.