Panthers send seven events to state meet

¦ Team effort sparks PHS to strong second in sectional

DAN LEVAN of Plymouth swims the butterfly during the 200- yard medley relay in Saturday’s sectional meet at PHS. The relay finished fourth. — Preview photo by Greg Ceilley DAN LEVAN of Plymouth swims the butterfly during the 200- yard medley relay in Saturday’s sectional meet at PHS. The relay finished fourth. — Preview photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth boys swimming and diving team had an outstanding performance as it qualified seven events for state en route to a strong secondplace finish in the Division 2 sectional meet.

The diving portion was held Friday night in Nicolet and the swimming was held at PHS.

Leading the way for the Panthers were seniors Cormick Hnilicka and Miguel Gonzalez who advanced to state in two individual events each. Hnilicka qualified in the 100-yard butterfly after taking first and the 50 freestyle with a second place. Gonzalez earned state berths in the 200 freestyle with a firstplace effort in a school-record time of 1 minute, 48.32 seconds and the 100 freestyle with a runner up finish.

The winners in each sectional event automatically qualify for state. Also qualifying are the next 12 top performers from all of the sectionals (not including sectional winners). The state meet will be held Friday at the UW-Madison Natatorium.

The Panthers’ other sectional champion is the 400 freestyle relay that includes Gonzalez, senior Mitch Tournour, junior Matt Matz and Hnilicka. The foursome smashed the 10-yearold school record by almost four seconds with a time of 3:20.92.

Plymouth’s other state qualifiers include sophomore divers Evan Klemme, who took fourth, and Michael Bolland, sixth; and the 200 freestyle relay which captured second. The relay consisted of Gonzalez, Tournour, Matz and Hnilicka.

Grafton won the sectional title with 378 points and PHS scored 338. Chilton/Brillion/ Valders, which finished first in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Meet ahead of runner-up PHS, took third with 275.

“Saturday was the one of the two most amazing meets I have ever been a part of. The other being our sectional win in 2010,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“I think this one will stand out because of the way it ended, with a huge win by our 400 free relay team, Our seniors came up huge in every event they participated in – showing the kind of leadership and competitive spirit that our team has thrived on during my time as one of the coaches for PHS.

“It’s super satisfying for us to finish second in the team standings to a very good Grafton team.”

The Panthers got off to a very strong start by scoring a meethigh 51 points in the diving competition.

“To have four divers be able to score so many points was a great boost to our entire team,” said the coach.

“The 200 free was a very successful event. Miguel set a new school record with a threesecond drop in his time on the year. Zach Gambrell set a new personal record by almost four seconds.”

Sedlacek was very impressed with Hnilicka’s 100 butterfly performance.

“This race was never in doubt, as he lead from start to finish. He had an amazing first 50 – a blistering 25.93 – almost a second faster than everyone else,” she said.

“The guys [in the 200 freestyle relay] really put a nice race together. Miguel had the fastest lead leg, and Mitch and Matt did their jobs keeping it close for Cormick in the anchor.”

Hnilicka passed the swimmer from Chilton/Brillion/Valders in the final 10 yards to take second.

A sectional follow-up and state preview article will appear in Thursday’s Review.


Diving – 4. Evan Klemme, 270.75; 6. Michael Bolland, 240.50; 7. Corby Gafney, 216.40; 8. Hunter Saladini, 213.90.

200 medley relay – 4. Jake Landry, Mitch Tournour, Dan Levan, Matt Matz, 1:51.79.

200 freestyle – 1. Miguel Gonzalez, 1:48.32 8. Zach Gambrell, 2:02.76.

200 individual medley – 9. Inigo Acedo, 2:28.03.

50 freestyle – 2. Cormick Hnilicka, 22.48; 10. Matt Matz, 24.22.

100 butterfly – 1. Hnilicka, 55.84.

100 freestyle – 2. Gonzalez, 49.44; 8. Tournour, 53.64.

500 freestyle – 4. Ben Bachmann, 5:38.84; 8. Brad Hetlet, 5:44.67; 10. Payten Wimmler, 5:53.50.

200 freestyle relay – 2. Gonzalez, Tournour, Matz, Hnilicka, 1:31.21.

100 backstroke – 5. Landry, 1:04.20; Inego, 1:04.75.

100 breaststroke – 7. Mark Novak, 1:10.35.

400 freestyle relay – 1. Gonzalez, Tournour, Matz, Hnilicka, 3:20.92.

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