Gracie Streblow’s final state meet will be a busy one and this time she is bringing some friends. The senior for Brillion/Valders/Chilton/Kaukauna girls swimming and diving will be returning to the state tournament for the fourth consecutive season as the WIAA Division 1 State Championships will take place Saturday in a new venue.
Because of COVID restrictions the meet moves from Madison’s UW Natatorium to Waukesha South High School. She won’t be the first BVCK to compete on Saturday.
That honor goes to Kaukauna senior Emily Clark when she performs in diving competition Saturday morning. Clark tied Clara Newman of Brookfield East for fourth place last weekend at the Division 1 Germantown Sectional and gained an at-large berth to state where she is seeded eighth among the 16 divers. The top 6 earn medals.
Saturday afternoon will bring the swimmers to Waukesha South and the BVCK 200 yard medley relay is first to test the waters. Streblow, her freshman sister Emma, Ada Schaefer and Jelena Behnke, are the foursome that took sixth at Germantown with a time of 1:53.53, good enough for an at-large to state where they will be seeded 15th.
Not much time to rest for Streblow who makes her second appearance at state in the 200 yard freestyle. She was second at sectionals at 1:56.21 and gets a nine seed Saturday in Waukesha.
Her day is far from over.
Her final high school event is her favorite.
She returns to state for the fourth time in the 100 yard backstroke after a fifth place finish among a strong field of swimmers at Germantown. Her time of 57.34 seconds earns her a six seed and favored to medal at state.
BVCK took ninth place at the Germantown Sectional with Brookfield East claiming the team title.