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For the second consecutive year, Wauwatosa West's Julia Larson will swim at the state meet in two events.

Larson won sectional titles in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 freestyle at the WIAA Division 2 New Berlin Eisenhower sectional held Nov. 4 and 5 at Eisenhower High School.

The Trojans also qualified for the state meet in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

"I am beyond ecstatic about the girls' performance at sectionals," Wauwatosa West coach Heidi Hegwood said. "Qualifying Julia in her two individuals and both our 200 and 400 freestyle relay was just icing on the cake."

With 201 team points, Wauwatosa West finished fifth behind sectional champion Whitefish Bay (317.5), New Berlin Eisenhower (302), Whitnall (246) and Shorewood (213).

Larson won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.78 and the 100 freestyle in 53.66.

Last season as a freshman at the WIAA Division 1 state meet, Larson placed 19th in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.16 and 22nd in the 100 freestyle in 54.47.

"Julia's wins were well earned through both her season and offseason training," Hegwood said. "She was looking great all week, and we are excited to see what she is capable of at state this year. Last year, Julia was our only state qualifier, and this year we have five girls going."

The 200 freestyle relay consisting of senior Jessica Wilson, freshman Bridget Thuli, junior Ashley Salomone and Larson earned a spot at the state meet by taking second at sectionals in 1:42.99.

Larson, Thuli, Wilson and junior Megan Krummel qualified for state with a fourth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:46.93.

Wilson missed out on qualifying in the 50 freestyle by just 0.32 seconds, as she finished in fourth place in 25.43.

The WIAA Division 2 state meet is Friday, Nov. 11, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. The diving competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the timed swimming finals getting underway at 6:30 p.m.

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