Anya Duffy stands on the podium after finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly. She won the 200 butterfly.
Anya Duffy stands on the podium after finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly. She won the 200 butterfly.

   Ripon Community Swim Club member Anya Duffy got off to a good start at the 12 & Under Short Course State Championships and it carried over to the rest of the weekend.

   Duffy came from behind in her event to capture a state championship in the 200-yard butterfly.

   She was trailing by a body length with 25 yards to go, before reeling in her opponent.

   According to her head coach, Al Brink, Duffy was “behind by the head, but ahead by the hand” at the finish line as she got her hand on the wall first to win the race.

   Duffy also added a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly, a fifth-place performance in the 50 butterfly, a 13th-place swim in the 100 individual medley, a 16th-place effort in the 200 backstroke and a 21st-place showing in the 200 individual medley. In addition, she recorded personal-best times in five events.

   Duffy was one of four Ripon swimmers competing at the meet, which took place last week Friday through Sunday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natorium.

   Also taking part in the competition were Henry Walheim, Emily Moore and Brianna Wesenberg.

   Results are:

  • Walheim: Placed 19th in the 50 breaststroke, 22nd in the 200 backstroke and 25th in the 100 breaststroke — while posting one personal-best time.
  • Moore: Placed 38th in the 100 freestyle, 46th in the 50 breaststroke and 53rd in the 100 backstroke — while posting one personal-best time.
  • Wesenberg: Placed 27th in the 1,000 freestyle, 79th in the freestyle and 91st in the 100 breaststroke — while posting two personal-best times.