All in all, it was mission accomplished for the Brookfield Barracudas boys swimming and diving team at the WIAA Division 1 Homestead sectional on Feb. 10 and 11.
Brookfield qualified for the state meet in 10 individual events and three relays, taking second place as a team with 337 points. Arrowhead, ranked second in the latest Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association poll, won the team sectional title with 398 points.
"Sectionals can be a confusing meet on the surface," Brookfield coach Bill Twitchell said. "Our goal as a team is to get qualifiers to the state meet. You want your athletes to go fast but not too fast since there is a much more important meet next Saturday."
Sophomore Braden Rumpit kicked off a successful weekend by winning the diving sectional title Feb. 10 at Brookfield East High School with a score of 441.65.
Also winning a sectional title for the Barracudas was senior Ben Attenberger, as he took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.88 seconds. He also took second in the 200 freestyle with a qualifying time of 1:44.11.
Junior Ryan Linnihan took second in 21.56 seconds to qualify in the 50 freestyle and advanced in the 100 freestyle by placing third in 47.83 seconds.
Junior Sam Kult earned state berths by taking third in the 200 IM in 1:59.64 and third in the 100 breaststroke in 58.88 seconds. Freshman Michael Linnihan also qualified in multiple events, taking fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:46.31 and fourth in the 100 freestyle in 48.11 seconds.
Sophomore Joseph Decker moved on by taking fifth in the 100 butterfly in 54.58 seconds.
Brookfield sent its three relay teams through, with the 200 freestyle relay of Michael Linnihan, Attenberger, junior Emer Martinez and Ryan Linnihan placing second in 1:29.14 and Michael Linnihan, Attenberger, Kult and Ryan Linnihan taking second in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:15.66.
Freshman Nick Elwing, Kult, Decker and Martinez took third in the 200 medley relay in 1:40.76.
"We accomplished our goals by qualifying all 10 of our possible swims and dives," Twitchell said. "Now the real work can begin as we sharpen our performance to prepare for the big show next week."
The WIAA Division 1 state meet is Saturday, Feb. 18, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison. The diving competition will begin at 10 a.m. with the timed swimming finals starting at 3:00 p.m.
Brookfield took third as a team at the state meet in 2016 behind Madison Memorial and Madison West.