Local teams strut stuff at State Small Schools swim meet
North Shore and Woodland tests this Saturday
As a preview of the upcoming WIAA state D2 meet, last Saturday's State Small Schools Swim Meet was a little misleading because meet champion Cedarburg is moving up to D1 this season, but the event still provided some interesting clues as to how that championship event on Feb. 15 will play out.
Co-hosted by Shorewood (winning) and Whitefish Bay (diving), area schools had to work hard for their places in the 18-school meet, as the hosting Greyhounds, behind a first place from freshman Michael Perry in the 100 butterfly, were fifth. Bay, meanwhile, courtesy of a win from defending state D2 diving champ Joe Kaszubowski, was eighth and Brown Deer/University School was 11th.
Cedarburg did win with 310 points as Monona Grove was second with 281. Shorewood coach Rob McCabe was impressed by the whole event.
"This meet has a great way to show the boys what is out there in D2 swimming," he said. "There were 17 D2 schools including six in the top 10 from the latest coaches' poll. This kind of team fire power is a positive way to show them what it will take to make the D2 state meet. I thought the guys swam really well and gave it their all."
The local teams will now turn their attention to respective conference meets. Shorewood and Brown Deer/USM will head to the Woodland Conference meet Saturday at 10 a.m. at Greenfield.
The Greyhounds lost out on the title by a half-point last season to Greenfield/Greendale and McCabe said the team is eager to make amends.
"All season long and really from the end of last year with the disappointing half-point loss the guys have had the goal of winning the meet," McCabe said. "I like our chances and know that the 'Green' team is looking at the meet the same way we are. I think competitiveness between the two teams will make us both better and promise as a spectator the meet will be worth the price of admission."
Meanwhile, Bay will host Nicolet and Homestead at the North Shore Conference meet Thursday (diving at 5 p.m.) and swimming on Saturday (11 a.m.).
Cedarburg is the meet favorite.
Shorewood wins Small Schools
At the Small Schools meet, Shorewood scored 198 points for its spot.
Perry continued his impressive season by taking the butterfly by .29 of a second with a 54.21 second time. He was also fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:06.86).
Meanwhile, junior distance freestyler Kirill Korolev remained consistently impressive, earning second in the 200 free (1:48.91) and third in the 500 free (4:56.42).
Other top 10 efforts for the Greyhounds included the 200 medley relay of Henri Carignan, Joe Lock, Philip Clausen and Suhith Bayana, taking seventh (1:49.56); the 500 free of Alex Borut, taking seventh (5:14.85), with Andrew Clokey taking 10th (5:31.91); the 200 free relay of Perry, Clausen, Bayana, and Korolev, taking sixth (1:34.61); the100 backstroke of Carignan, taking eighth (1:00.2), with Devon Brusnahan taking ninth (1:00.7); and the 400 free relay of Perry, Clausen, Bayana and Korolev, taking eighth (3:32.8).
Bay scored 137 points as Kaszubowski won his event by 83 points with an 11-dive score of 447.65. Teammate Luke Henderiks was 10th (275.29).
Other top showing for the Blue Dukes included the 200 medley relay of Noah Oldson, Patrick Konrath, Curt Walther and Ethan Bott, taking eighth (1:50.43); the 200 free of Bott, taking seventh (1:54.05); the 500 free of Oldson, taking fifth (5:09.67), with Sam Raber taking 11th (5:34.82); the 100 backstroke of Oldson, taking seventh (1:00.17); and the 400 free relay of Oldson, Quinn Mooney, Joey McMahon and Bott, taking ninth (3:33.53).
Brown Deer/USM scored 70 points for its place as Bill Wong had a major breakthrough in the 100 breaststroke, turning in a season best by about a second as he took second in 1:03.91. He was also eighth in the 200 free in another season best of 1:54.12.
Other good efforts for the Falconkats included the 100 butterfly of Josh Thompson, taking ninth (58.46); the 200 free relay of Thompson, Horst Burmeister, Jacob Wine and Wong, taking 12th (season best 1:40.76); the 100 backstroke of Thompson, taking 12th (1:03.12); and the 400 free relay of Thompson, Burmeister, Zach Farrel and Wong, taking 11th (season best 3:40.55).
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