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Verona's Beata Nelson looks to end high school swim career with a bang

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VERONA (WKOW) -- For one final time, Verona's Beata Nelson will dive into the pool at the WIAA State Swim Meet. She'll rip through the water, like she's done to the pages of the state record book.

"I'm sad but very excited that I get to spend it with this group of people," Nelson said.

"Our competition will probably be happy to see her go because she's been a big part of our team's success our the last four years," Verona swim coach Bill Wuerger said.

Nelson is already one of the most decorated swimmers in state history. In her three previous state meets, Nelson owns eight state titles, seven of which she set new state records in. Last year she set a national high school record in the 100-yard butterfly (51.70).

"You can kind of see it in my expression every year, I can't even believe it. It takes awhile for it to sink in and feel real. It's unbelievable," Nelson said.

"She works so hard and you can see that everyday working so hard in the pool and it really pays off for her," Verona senior Julia Ver Voort said.

After Saturday, Nelson's not swimming into any sunset. She'll actually remain in the water of the UW Natatorium, joining the swim team at the University of Wisconsin.

"I'm really glad with my decision. I''m really glad I get to be a Badger next year. I think this program can get me to where I want to be in the sport of swimming," Nelson said.

Before the focus turns to college, there's one more meet on her mind. With her time in high school almost up, Beata's got one more chance to give a beating to the clock.

"I want to leave a mark on high school swimming. I want to make swimming as big as I think it should be and if I can do that by swimming well this Saturday, then that's what I'm going to do."

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