Arrowhead junior Abby Cabush kept the Arrowhead winning streak alive Saturday.
Competing in the 200-yard freestyle at the season-ending WIAA Division 1 state girls swim meet, Cabush won her first individual state championship when she won that race with a time of 1:50.77. She defeated Middleton sophomore Hannah Aegerter, who was clocked at 1:51.13.
That victory marked the 15th straight year that the Warhawks captured at least one victory at the WIAA state meet.
For Cabush, it was a banner day with her impressive win. Her time was the second-fastest 200 free time in Arrowhead history at the state meet. Kylsie Grimes won the same event in 2005 with a time of 1:49.95.
It marked the eighth time a Warhawks swimmer won the 200 free. Grimes won twice (2005, 2004), and other winners were Kari Nettenstrom (2002), Jackie Krueger (2000), Meghan Medendorp (1999), Amy Anderson (1993) and Chris Herr (1987).
After finishing second to Cedarburg standout Katie Drabot one year ago, Cabush was hoping this would be her year to win it. Drabot is now swimming at Stanford University.
In the race, Cabush went to the lead immediately and swam as hard as she could. The plan worked to perfection.
"I had my own race strategy going into the 200, and I just stuck with it," Cabush said. "I'm a sprinter, and I wanted to get the lead as quickly as I can. I'm not as good on the back half of the race, so my goal was to keep swimming as hard as I could to the finish. I had a lot of fun in the race."
Cabush said chasing the talented Drabot one year ago made her a better swimmer this year.
"I learned a lot swimming against Katie the last two years. It was so cool having her around and competing against her. She was so good."
The victory by Cabush was the 80th in school history at the state meet for the Warhawks. That ranks them third in state history, Madison West has the most wins in relays and individual races with 82, and Madison Memorial is second with 81.
Cabush also placed seventh in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.10 and swam the opening leg on the seventh place 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay teams.
In the 100 freestyle, Cabush was the No. 1 seed going into the race.
"I'm not really too disappointed with my finish in the 100," Cabush said. "I would have liked to have placed better and swam faster, but it didn't happen. Some of those girls in that race really improved on their seeds. Plus, this will make me want to push myself even harder for next season. We had an awesome day. I'm happy for all of my teammates. I know I had a lot of fun."
Cabush was making her third straight trip to the state meet. Besides her win this year in the 200, she placed second last year and was sixth in 2014. In the 100 freestyle, she was seventh this year after placing fifth as a sophomore and 10th as a freshman.