(NOTE...This is an update to the original story posted Friday night, November 13)
Kiel junior Ally Boyer had a very successful night Friday at the WIAA Division 2 State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships held at Waukesha South High School.
Boyer, making her second trip to state, reached the awards podium with a fourth place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, by far a personal best, but two seconds shy of a Kiel school record. Her time was 1:08.76.
She becomes Kiel’s first state medalist in girls swimming since Elizabeth Buchholz placed fourth in the 500 yard freestyle at the 2012 state meet in Madison. Buchholz is now the head coach of conference rival Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Sheboygan Falls.
Still some nerves
Boyer was asked if she had butterflies coming into the meet knowing that her number five seed put her in line for a state medal (a top 6 finish).
“Being in two events here added to the nervousness,” she said.
“But having quite a bit of time between events really helped. I liked my lane assignment (Lane 2).”
Most swimmers do not like to be in either of the two outside lanes because a wall is on one of their sides.
She looks forward to 2021.
“This was a strange season, but I have something to shoot for next fall,” she added eluding to the goal of a top three finish.
In her first event, Boyer took 12th in the 200 yard individual medley at 2:17.99, almost a second faster than her time last weekend at the Plymouth Sectional.
Boyer has her coach, Marcy Keuler, to thank. Keuler kept the program intact despite having just four swimmers on the team all season.
“What a great finish to this weird season,” she states.
“Ally is a remarkable swimmer and I’m so proud of her. The silver lining to all this is that all four of our swimmers were juniors. They’re all back and we will go out and get some more kids for next year and maybe get some help from Elkhart Lake.”
The girls swim team is in a co-op arrangement with Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, but the 2020 Raiders were all Kiel athletes.
Being the Raiders’ lone representative at state, Boyer accumulated 20 team points for a 22nd place team finish. That is three points shy of the 2016 Kiel team that had three event qualifiers and Buchholz’s 2012 team had her in two events and diver Brooke Iserloth that accounted for 26 team points.
DIVISION 2 RESULTS (click on the link below)