Bulldogs swim to fifth-place in tournament
New London now ranks fourth in Bay Conference
By Scott Bellile
The New London Bulldogs swim team won the JV competition while taking took fifth place in varsity competition at the Bay Conference Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 29.
Scoring 275 points, New London varsity swimmers finished behind conference tournament winner Clintonville (447 points), Sturgeon Bay (444), Seymour (357 points) and Shawano-Bonduel (301). They defeated two teams, Marinette (169) and Wittenberg Area (108).
Bulldogs coach John Ruckdashel said several varsity athletes were missing due to illness and a family vacation, so New London’s representation was primarily underclassmen at the conference meet.
“The missing swimmers would have given us a chance to move up one spot ahead of Shawano,” Ruckdashel said. “With lots of young athletes, we finished where we belonged—swam hard but just got out-swam by older, better swimmers in a championship meet.”
The Bulldogs ranked fourth overall in the Bay Conference when factoring in their performance at duals throughout the season. They beat out Wittenberg, Marinette and Shawano.
New London didn’t record any All-Conference runners this year. To qualify for All-Conference recognition, individual swimmers or relay teams had to place in the top three of an event.
The Bulldogs will travel to Plymouth for the Division 2 sectional on Saturday, Nov. 7, starting at 2 p.m.
New London results
200-Yard Medley Relay 8 NL (Tanna Spencer, Brooke Wait, Hannah Wiegman, Brylee Barrington) 2:20.21. 9 NL (Bree Barrington, Ellen Steckbauer, Bailey Harmlink, Autumn Swinton) 2:29.79.
200-Yard Freestyle 8 Sarah Vigil (NL), 2:21.75. 10 Hannah Wiegman (NL), 2:25.25. 16 Ellen Steckbauer (NL), 2:38.10.
200-Yard IM 10 Josie Ruckdashel (NL), 2:48.52. 11 Brooke Wait (NL), 2:54.09. 14 Brylee Barrington (NL), 2:58.07. 17 Kiera Woroniecki (NL), 3:33.97.
50-Yard Freestyle 9 Megan Thurk (NL), 28.94. 11 Lili Gould (NL), 29.21. 20 Kali Rohan (NL), 32.86.
100-Yard Butterfly 8 Megan Thurk (NL), 1:13.90. 9 Hannah Wiegman (NL), 1:18.79. 16 Courtnie Canerbury (NL), 1:37.92.
100-Yard Freestyle 7 Sarah Vigil (NL), 1:04.21. 10 Lili Gould (NL), 1:06.29. 15 Bailey Harmelink (NL), 1:12.24. 20 Autumn Swinton (NL), 1:15.53.
500-Yard Freestyle 13 Brianne Hidde (NL), 7:58.06.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay 5 NL (Sarah Vigil, Brooke Wait, Megan Thurk, Lili Gould), 1:56.18. 8 NL (Brylee Barrington, Bailey Harmelink, Tanna Spencer, Josie Ruckdashel), 2:03.46.
100-Yard Backstroke 7 Josie Ruckdashel (NL), 1:20.58. 9 Brylee Barrington (NL), 1:24.72. 10 Tanna Spencer (NL), 1:25.55. 15 Kali Rohan (NL), 1:39.48.
100-Yard Breaststroke 9 Brooke Wait (NL), 1:28.63. 11 Brooke Schweitzer (NL), 1:31.87. 13 Ellen Steckbauer (NL), 1:32.89. 18 Bree Barrington (NL), 1:44.26.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay 6 NL (Sarah Vigil, Josie Ruckdashel, Megan Thurk, Lili Gould), 4:25.34. 10 NL (Tanna Spencer, Hannah Wiegman, Ellen Steckbauer, Autumn Swinton), 4:56.70.