Brown Deer/University School sophomore swimmer Katie Hayes doubled her state medal count to four as she narrowly missed out on a WIAA D2 state title in the 100-yard butterfly after also earning fourth in the 200 individual medley in the annual test at the UW-Madison Natatorium on Nov. 11.
"Miss Katie Hayes had a phenomenal meet," said co-coach Amber Schmidt. "She is a very dedicated swimmer and immediately came out of the race (the 100 fly) knowing what she could do better next time."
Hayes' efforts led the Falconcats to an impressive 12th-place showing in the 38-team state field with a 67-point total as defending champion Madison Edgewood dominated the meet with 337 points.
Hayes got locked into a tight dual with New Berlin Eisenhower junior Bella Passamani as Passamani claimed the state title with a 56.27. Hayes was second in a best time of 56.55.
She had preceded that race, with another best time of 2:08.95 in earning fourth in the 200 IM. Kish Francis of Rhinelander won that race in 2:03.3.
Hayes had started the meet by helping the Falconcats' 200 medley relay team, which included Tori Mietkowski, Kalli Noll and Abby Frenkel, earn a 13th-place finish in a season best of 1:54.94.
The Falconcats then finished the meet on a fine note, as Hayes, Amanda Hoppe, Frenkel and Noll tied for ninth in the 200 free relay with a season best of 1:42.42.
Hayes was fourth in the IM and third in the 100 breaststroke last season at state.
Schmidt noted both relays were just a half-second away from program records.
Junior diver Mary Holmes began the day well, fighting past an illness and a shoulder injury to take ninth with a score of 350.25 points. This was also her second trip to state. Schmidt said Holmes had a smile on her face the entire competition.
"The girls were exceptional on Friday," Schmidt said.
The sophomore dominated co-op had no seniors on the state group.
"The best thing about this team is they are so young, with limitless potential," Schmidt added. "I have no doubt they will come back faster and stronger next season."