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New Berlin West's girls swimming and diving team took 14th place at the WIAA Division 2 state meet, with juniors Dailey Albino and Paige Pelikan each winning medals Nov. 11 at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.

Pelikan earned her medal in the 200-yard freestyle, coming in fifth with a lifetime-best time of 1:56.78. The junior also took seventh in the 100 backstroke in a lifetime-best 1:00.31.

She dropped two seconds from her sectional time in the 200 freestyle and improved by one place from last year's state meet. In the 100 backstroke, she exceeded her seed by four places and missed the podium by just 0.02 seconds.

"Paige was very motivated for this meet and exceeded her previous personal records," New Berlin West coach Ryan Heft said. "One of her goals was to beat our varsity school record in the 100 back, which she was able to achieve. It's always a great feeling to see a swimmer's hard work pay off. It has been a pleasure working with Paige and helping her meet her goals, and I'm very excited to see what her future holds in her senior year next year."

After finishing as the runner-up in 2015, Albino came in third in the 1-meter dive.

Edgewood's Ginger Lingard won her fourth consecutive Division 2 diving title with a score of 498.9. Junior NIkki Benedict of Monona Grove improved from a fourth-place finish last season to take second at 479.0 followed by Albino at 458.7.

Viking senior Sarah Hamilton came in seventh with a score of 366.35.

"Both of the girls dove great and had a strong finish to an excellent season," West diving coach Kevin Schwei said. "I was very proud and happy with our season and am already looking forward to next year."

New Berlin West's four competitors earned 54 team points, five points ahead of 15th-place Menomonie and 6½ points behind 13th-place Rhinelander.

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