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Hammer swims to 11th in two events at state
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MADISON - Monroe-New Glarus freshman Maddie Hammer wrapped up the season at the WIAA Division 2 state swim meet Friday with two top-11 finishes.

Hammer finished 11th place in the 100-yard freestyle at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Natatorium with a time of 54.68 seconds, which was just 0.11 seconds off of her season-best time this year. She was the only freshman to qualify for state in the 100 freestyle. She finished 11th place in the 100 breaststroke (1 minute, 8.70 seconds), which was just 0.28 seconds off her fastest time this season.

"That is amazing," Monroe-New Glarus coach Linda Moser said of Hammer being the only freshman to qualify for state in the 100 freestyle. "She's the 11th best in the state in Division 2. That's very good for a freshman. She swam really well. She is probably a little disappointed. I'm really proud of her. She will only go up from there."

Grafton senior Samantha Senczyszyn won a state championship in the 100 freestyle (50.95) and Shorewood senior Rachel Munson won her third straight state title in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.70).

The best finish by other Badger South Conference swimmers include Madison Edgewood sophomore Ginger Lingard winning a state title in diving, freshman teammate Kelly Rodriguez finishing as the state runner-up in the 500 freestyle (5:06.98) and sophomore teammate Lauren Bergmann taking second place in the 100 backstroke (58.12). Grafton edged the Crusaders for the state team championship 290-254.

Hammer isn't resting on her state experience in two events. She will swim with the Green County Golden Gators in a meet at Waunakee today.

"Maddie has come a long way in the breaststroke swimming a 1:13 or 1:12 to now swimming a 1:08," Moser said. "She has a phenomenal work ethic."