New Berlin West's swimming and diving team will be represented in three events at the state meet, as Paige Pelikan and divers Dailey Albino and Sarah Hamilton qualified at the WIAA Division 2 sectional Nov. 4 and 5 at Eisenhower High School.
With 184 team points, the Vikings finished sixth out of 13 teams. Whitefish Bay won the sectional title with 317.5 points, followed by Eisenhower, Whitnall, Shorewood, Wauwatosa West and New Berlin West.
"I'm very proud of how all of our swimmers and divers performed this past weekend," New Berlin West coach Ryan Heft said. "The girls have been working very hard all season to meet some lofty goals, and all were able to earn lifetime personal records."
Pelikan earned state berths in the 200-yard freestyle by taking second place at sectionals with a time of 1:58.21 and in the 100 backstroke with a fourth-place sectional finish in 1:01.00.
The junior also qualified in for the state meet in the same two events in 2015, taking sixth in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 100 backstroke. Pelikan came in ninth in the 100 backstroke as a freshman in 2014.
"Paige has qualified for two events each year since she was a freshman, and this season, she is seeded with her fastest times yet heading into state," Heft said. "Paige has had very clear goals in mind all season, and I'm very happy to see her effort pay off."
Albino, who finished as the Division 2 state runner-up in the 1-meter dive last season as a sophomore, made state for the third time by finishing third at sectionals with a score of 431.3. Hamilton earned her second straight trip to state by posting a score of 352.15 to take fourth at sectionals. She came in 12th at the state meet in 2015.
Senior Kali Kaiser fell just 0.31 seconds shy of qualifying in the 200 IM, swimming a career-best 2:21.16.
"It was an emotional last meet for our seniors, who's motivation, dedication and leadership will be missed by the entire team next year," Heft said. "We wish Kali, Emma Verdun, Tiara Perkins and Mikayla Riecica all the best."
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.