New London tops Shawano/Bonduel

Hawks without top two swimmers
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Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano/Bonduel junior Jenne Dreyer swims in the 200 individual medley during Tuesday’s loss against New London.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano/Bonduel junior Tatiana Kunschke prepares for the 200 medley relay during Tuesday’s loss against New London.

Despite an injured knee, Shawano freshman Macy Monfils led the Shawano/Bonduel swim team in her two individual events against New London on Tuesday.

Monfils placed third in the meet’s longest event, the 500 freestyle, and fourth in the 200 individual medley.

New London topped Shawano/Bonduel, which is without its top two swimmers due to injury, 112-58, but the hosts managed to win three events.

Senior Nicole Thornock (1 minute, 19.10 seconds) edged New London’s Lindsey Standerfer (1:19.17) in the 100 backstroke. Madi Hanson finished first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.19, and Thornock, Madi Hanson, Peyton Hrabik and Wendorff took first in the 200 medley relay at 2:13.60.

Monfils took on the 500 for the first time Tuesday, finishing in 7:53.24 — 1:33 behind New London first-place finisher Ellie Ott.

“Normally I don’t swim long distance, but I felt good,” Monfils said. “My knee was hurting before the meet, so I want to see how much time I can shave off when I’m fully healthy.

Monfils finished the 200 IM in 3:26.99. Sarah Vigil won the event for New London in 2:40.62.

Shawano/Bonduel head coach Sharon Hanson used the meet to focus more on improving than competing with New London. This was the first time the swimmers competed in their maximum number of events, and Hanson could see the impact.

“Near the end they were really tired,” Hanson said. “They were feeling the difference of being in a full meet, and I could see their swimming weaken in the last event, so this was a good wake-up call.”

Because it was parents night, Hanson let her swimmers choose their individual events.

“I wanted them to have fun tonight with their parents here, so while I pushed them in their swimming, I also let them choose what they’d be most passionate about swimming in,” Hanson said. “You could tell they really enjoyed it tonight.”