Panthers win two medals in state meet


MIGUEL REYNOSO GONZALEZ of Plymouth is on his way to earning a third-place medal in the 100-yard freestyle at Friday’s D-2 state meet. — Photo by Pam Ahrens MIGUEL REYNOSO GONZALEZ of Plymouth is on his way to earning a third-place medal in the 100-yard freestyle at Friday’s D-2 state meet. — Photo by Pam Ahrens MADISON – The Plymouth Panthers had a strong showing in the Division 2 boys state swimming and diving meet Friday in the UW-Madison Natatorium as they brought home two medals.

PHS was led by senior Miguel Reynoso Gonzalez who earned a bronze medal in the 100-yard freestyle with a third-place finish in a personal-record 48.51 seconds. Lee Holman of Fort Atkinson was the champion in 47.47.

Also winning a medal was the 400 freestyle relay team which captured fifth in 3 minutes, 21.53 seconds. The relay included Gonzalez, senior Mitch Tournour, junior Matt Matz and senior Cormick Hnilicka. Fort Atkinson took first in 3:15.90.

The top-six finishers in each event are awarded medals. The Panthers finished ninth in the 30-team meet with 98½ points. Monona Grove dethroned six-time defending champion McFarland with 258 points. McFarland was fourth at 190½.


CORMICK HNILICKA of Plymouth competes in the 100-yard butterfly at Friday’s D-2 state meet. Hnilicka finished ninth. — Photo by Pam Ahrens CORMICK HNILICKA of Plymouth competes in the 100-yard butterfly at Friday’s D-2 state meet. Hnilicka finished ninth. — Photo by Pam Ahrens “If anyone had told me at the beginning of the season all of our swimming events [at state] would finish in the top 10 of state, I would have told them they were crazy,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“Quite obviously, once the season got going I knew we were in good position to have a good showing but this exceeded any expectations I had prior to the start of the season.”

The Panthers’ other swimming participants included: Gonzalez, who took seventh in the 200 freestyle; Hnilicka, 10th, 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 butterfly; and the 200 freestyle relay which finished seventh. The 200 relay members were the same as the 400.


PLYMOUTH’S 400-YARD freestyle relay team celebrates winning a fifth-place medal in Friday’s D-2 state meet. The relay includes (top, left to right) Matt Matz, Miguel Reynoso Gonzalez, (bottom) Cormick Hnilicka and Mitch Tournour. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek PLYMOUTH’S 400-YARD freestyle relay team celebrates winning a fifth-place medal in Friday’s D-2 state meet. The relay includes (top, left to right) Matt Matz, Miguel Reynoso Gonzalez, (bottom) Cormick Hnilicka and Mitch Tournour. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek Competing in the 11-dive event for PHS were sophomores Michael Bolland and Evan Klemme who finished 15th and 16th, respectively, in their first state meet.

“Miguel was in seventh at the 50 [in the 100 freestyle], then swam the second-fastest closing 50 to jump up to third,” said Sedlacek.

“His last turn and kick off the wall were almost perfect, and when he came up he could see all of his competition to his right and just swam them all down. It was a great race by Miguel.

“He swam the fastest opening 100 split of the 400 freestyle relay race – a 48.26 – which was faster than his 100 freestyle time,” the coach said.


TREVOR MISKE of Plymouth tries to put Ty Schmitt of Catholic Memorial (Waukesha) on his back during a consolation semifi nal match at 138 pounds in Saturday’s sectional meet. Miske won, 17-1. — Submitted photo TREVOR MISKE of Plymouth tries to put Ty Schmitt of Catholic Memorial (Waukesha) on his back during a consolation semifi nal match at 138 pounds in Saturday’s sectional meet. Miske won, 17-1. — Submitted photo “Mitch had his best relay split, a 52.18, and Matt kept us close with a blistering 51.22, then Cormick brought us home with another sub-50 split to assure them of a trip to the medal stand.”

Sedlacek was pleased with all of the PHS state competitors.

“I’m really happy with everyone’s performance. Our divers got some very important experience on their first trip to state, and we had great support from our parents and fans right from the first dive,” she said.

“Our swimmers had some of the highest state finishes of my time as coach, and we had a great time on deck. It’s such a privilege to be there as coach, and a huge accomplishment for each swimmer to not only qualify but come home with a state medal.”

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

PLYMOUTH STATE RESULTS
Diving – 15. Michael Bolland,
260.15; 16. Evan Klemme, 252.45.
200 freestyle – 7. Miguel Reynoso
Gonzalez, 1:48.19.
50 freestyle – 10. Cormick Hnilicka,
22.69.
100 butterfly – 9. Hnilicka, 55.54.
100 freestyle – 3. Gonzalez, 48.51.
200 freestyle relay – 7. Gonzalez,
Mitch Tournour, Matt Matz, Hnilicka,
1:30.78.
400 freestyle relay – 5. Gonzalez,
Tournour, Matz, Hnilicka, 3:21.53.


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