Freshman Ellie Szczupakiewicz was involved in three first places as the Muskego girls swimming team opened the 2013 season by winning the Fountainwood Invitational on Saturday.
Szczupakiewicz claimed both the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 3.1 seconds and the 100 backstroke at 1:04.91 and swam with freshman Payton Zess, freshman Lauren Stigler and junior Kari Balson on the 200 medley relay team, which prevailed in 1:57.46.
The 400 freestyle unit of freshman Lilly Larsen, junior Casey Balson, junior Jessica Pollack and junior Sara Biro also came in first with 3:55.78.
The Warriors tallied 410 1/2 points to top Wausau East's 352 in the 10-team field.
Taking second place for Muskego were Stigler in the 200 individual medley (2:15.16) and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.94), Kari Balson in the 50 freestyle (26.19 seconds) and the 200 freestyle squad of junior Elyse Terlion, junior Jenna Schneider, sophomore Peyton Umland and junior Nicole Morley (1:55).
Finishing third were Biro in the 50 freestyle (26.5) and 100 butterfly (1:05.63), Larsen in the 200 freestyle (2:08.35), Zess in the 100 freestyle (59.88) and Kari Balson in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.63).
Pollack came in fourth in the 100 freestyle (59.94) as well, while Casey Balson was fifth in the 200 IM (2:26.84) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.4). Zess took sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:07.28)
This season looks solid for the Warriors, and so does the future, as all of the top-six finishers in the meet are underclassmen.
Muskego is now off until the Shorewood Invitational on Sept. 7.
— John Rech
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