Greendale's Jungers makes state swimming in two events

Published on: 11/6/2012

Greendale - The fact that Greendale freshman Carolyn Jungers is ending her high school swimming season at this weekend's WIAA Division 2 state meet is thoroughly fitting.

Jungers enjoyed a fabulous year in her comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and cartilage last winter, winning races and setting records.

Her latest achievements came in a sectional meet on Saturday at Cudahy High School, as she qualified for state in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.

Appropriately, she set yet another record as she won the IM in 2 minutes, 11.12 seconds to break the previous school mark set by former Panther standout and multiple state champion Jenna Lennertz.

Jungers took second in the 100 breaststroke with 1:08.95 to earn her second ticket to state.

She will now compete at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium. She holds the third seed in the 200 IM and the seventh seed in the 100 breaststroke.

She is looking forward to her first trip to state.

'I am excited, really pumped up,' she said. 'I would like to make the top six and stand on the podium. I feel good in the water right now and I have a positive attitude. I just have to eat healthy this week and get ready for Friday.'

Head coach John Wilkinson added, 'She is looking very strong and should do very well at state.'

Jungers had a simple goal for the 200 IM in the sectional.

'I was seeded second behind Sara Foucault of Whitewater, who did well at state last year,' she said. 'I wanted to beat her, since I know she is a really good swimmer.'

Mission accomplished, as Foucault settled for second place with 2:11.26, which was .14 behind Jungers.

The two girls seeded ahead of Jungers in the 200 IM at state are junior Bridgette Alexander of Milton (2:07.61), who posted an Olympic trial time last summer; and senior Ellen Stello of Shorewood (2:09.94).

'There will be good competition on both sides of the lanes,' Carolyn's mother Mary said. 'We'll see what happens.'

In the breaststroke, Jungers was looking at Emma Bare of Fort Atkinson.

'I knew if I stayed close to her, I would do well,' she said.

As it turned out, Jungers finished four seconds behind Bare, who won at 1:04.51.

Also in the sectional, Greendale's 200 medley relay team of Caroline Rowe, Jungers, Kate Jungers and Abby Vey took eighth (2:03.7); the 200 freestyle unit of Lauren Debelak, Megan Elliot, Maggie Bowen and Lizzy Pekar finished 12th (2:01.13) and Elliot took 13th in the 500 freestyle (6:09.25).

'All the girls swam well in a difficult meet,' said Wilkinson, whose team tallied 73 points for 12th place.