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Monroe's Schwartzlow, Root return to Madison
Monroe senior Leanna Schwartzlow swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard individual medley at Saturdays WIAA Division 2 sectional in Baraboo. Schwartzlow finished fifth with a time of 2 minutes, 16.46 seconds and advanced to state.
BARABOO - Monroe's Rachel Root and Leanna Schwartzlow are headed back to the WIAA Division 2 state swimming meet.

Root, a sophomore, qualified in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100 butterfly while Schwartzlow, a senior, made it in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. The state meet is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the UW-Natatorium in Madison.

"One of the highlights was when Leanna broke 1:10 in the 100 breaststroke," said coach Linda Moser, referring to Schwartzlow's time of 1 minute, 9.97 seconds in the event, which was third overall in the meet. "She has been working on doing that for at least two years now and it happened."

Schwartzlow knocked off nearly a second and a half from her seed time in the event. In the 200 IM, Schwartzlow was fifth overall with a time of 2:16.46. The Monroe senior is seeded sixth in Heat 1 of the 200 IM event at the state meet and seeded fifth in Heat 1 of the 100 breaststroke.

Root was fifth overall Saturday in the 100 backstroke, finishing with a time of 1:00.24, nearly a half of a second better than her seed time. Root was also fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:00.75), over a second better than her seed time.

Moser was pleased with her team overall. Of Monroe's 21 entries at the sectional, a whopping 16 events (76 percent) had personal record's set.

"I watched with tears in my eyes," Moser said. "Every girl dug down deep and brought out everything they had. It as amazing - the smiles, the cheers, that true sense of accomplishment. They proved to themselves they were winners."

Monroe's 200 medley relay team of Root, Schwartzlow, Sarah Kind and Angie Beaver finished in eighth place overall with a time of 1:57.51.

"The medley relay was just shy of making it. With a PR, they were 19th in the state in Division 2 and they needed to be 16th to be able to go on to state," Moser said.

Rachel Wellnitz, Cat Weeden, Sarah Tomasiewicz, Jessica Moehn, Beaver and Jenni Sefcik all set personal records, as did three relays.

"It was a great day," Moser said.