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What the doctor ordered for MAST
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Rachel Root swims the butterfly Saturday at the Dr. Stiles Invitational. Root won the 13-14 year-old butterfly in 36.51 seconds. Order photo

Team Scores

Monroe 1,588

Platteville 1,460

Jefferson 1,183

Milton 1,031

Geneva 738

Sugar River 387

Belleville 124

For complete results, see Scoreboard in Monday's newspaper edition

MONROE - In a record breaking day, the Monroe Area Swim Team (MAST) swam its way to the overall team title at the 32nd annual Dr. Stiles Invitational Saturday at the Recreation Park pool.

The MAST outdistanced the Platteville Swim Club, 1,588-1,460. The MAST received a first-place finish from the girls and second from the boys.

In the girls 11-12 competition, Marissa Berg won three individual titles, including the 50-meter freestyle (:31.56), 100 freestyle (1 minute, 10.62 seconds) and 50 backstroke (:37.78).

The 11-12 girls took first place in both the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Abby Rogerson, Alyssa Dale, Angie Beaver and Berg set a meet record time of 2:17.79.

The same quartet of swimmers won the 200 medley relay in 2:42.37.

"Our goal is for all our swimmers to have fun," MAST coach Brianna Moser said. "Our motto is to do our best. We always want the kids to feel they improved something."

Dr. Frank Stiles was a pediatrician in Monroe who started the swim team to give children an outlet in the summer. The MAST program now has over 80 swimmers.

"I'm sure he is up there loving every minute of it," Monroe High School girls swimming coach Linda Moser said. "He wanted it to be for the slowest swimmer to the fastest."

In the girls 13-14 division, Rachel Root captured three first-place finishes, including the 50 backstroke (:39.50), the 50 butterfly (:36.51) and the 200 individual medley (2:57).

Root said the butterfly is her favorite stroke.

"It's fun to swim," she said.

Root said she hopes to get back to her Green County YMCA Golden Gator time which was in the 29 second range.

Elizabeth Dale won the 50 freestyle (:32.43) and finished second in the 200 IM in 3:13.21.

The girls 13-14 medley relay team of Jenni Sefcik, Dale, Root and Jalen Capesius took first in 2:44.48.

Monroe swept the top three spots in the 9-10 backstroke. Corlissa Robertson finished first in the backstroke in :51.26 followed by Kaylee Rule (:52.18) and Brooke Rowe (:54.71).

Rowe added second place finishes in the 50 butterfly (:51.03) and 100 freestyle (1:38.54).

Meritt finished second in the 50 freestyle (:40.09) and Robertson was second in the 50 breaststroke (:57.09).

The MAST swept the 10 and under 200 freestyle and medley relays. The winning 200 freestyle relay team of Rowe, Alyssa Sinkule, Rule and Meritt swam a 3:08.54, almost five seconds ahead of Geneva.

The 200 medley relay team of Rule, Rowe, Robertson and Meritt finished in 3:38.58, about 17 seconds ahead of Geneva.

Kendell Niffenegger, 16, won the 100 freestyle in the 15-18 division in 1:09.40 and took second in the 50 freestyle (:31.65).

Leanna Schwartzlow took second in the 50 breaststroke (:40.29) and 200 IM (2:51.40).

The girls 15-18 medley relay team of Sara Heitkamp, Schwartzlow, Niffenegger and Katie Coplien finished second in 2:36.28.

In the 8 and under competition, Grace Keith added a pair of second-place finishes in the 50 free (:51.37) and 25 butterfly (:29.12).