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Hammer state-bound
New Glarus freshman Maddie Hammer of the Monroe-New Glarus swimming team qualified for state in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. Hammer is seeded ninth in the 100 freestyle and 11th in the breaststroke in the state meet Friday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - For a teenage swimming sensation like Monroe-New Glarus freshman Maddie Hammer, closing her eyes in a visualization technique to calm her nerves before a race could lead her to the top of the school record board. Hammer, 14, of New Glarus, enters the WIAA Division 2 state championships at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium, knocking on the door of breaking a 15-year-old record in the 100-yard breaststroke. She plans to use visualization to her advantage.

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