Knuth wins diving at Redwing Invite


JACQUELINE SNOW of Plymouth swims the backstroke leg in the 200-yard medley relay at Thursday’s triangular meet. The relay finished second. Snow was on the medley relay which placed fifth in Saturday’s Redwing Invitational. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley JACQUELINE SNOW of Plymouth swims the backstroke leg in the 200-yard medley relay at Thursday’s triangular meet. The relay finished second. Snow was on the medley relay which placed fifth in Saturday’s Redwing Invitational. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley SHEBOYGAN – Senior Taylor Knuth continued her strong diving season for the Plymouth Panthers as she placed first in Saturday’s Sheboygan South Redwing Invitational girls swimming and diving meet.

Knuth’s teammate, senior Haley Olsen, captured fifth in the 11-dive event. Knuth’s score was unavailable at press time. Olsen totaled 261.15 points.

The Panthers took sixth in a very competitive field with 274 points. Ashwaubenon won the 10- _ _ _ team meet with 474, followed by Bay Port with 366 and Sheboygan North, 326½.

Plymouth’s highest finishes in the swimming competition were fifths from the 200-yard medley relay and junior Maddie Strutz in the 50 freestyle. The relay included Strutz, juniors Jacqueline Snow and Maddy Schmitt and senior Delaney Olsen with a time of 2 minutes, 1.96 seconds. Strutz swam the 50 in 26.53.

“It was great competition. I felt it really helped going against that tougher competition,” said Panther head coach Mike Slagle.

“Our goal was to swim time equal to what we did on Thursday [in triangular meet at PHS]. I feel that goal was achieved. All had good times and can feel proud it where they are at this time of the season. We are tired and torn down.

“We needed this type of meet at this point in the season to show we can compete with the Division 1 teams and two [Ashwaubenon and Shorewood] of the top teams in Division 2,” said Slagle.

The meet had three double-winners in Ashwaubenon’s Kira Pless (200 and 500 freestyles), Pulaski’s Corrin VanLanen (50 and 100 butterfly) and Shorewood’s Rachel Munson (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke).

“I was very proud of all four divers on Saturday,” said Panther diving coach Greg Heberlein.

The Panthers’ other divers were Savannah Arneson and Rachel Romps.

“Diving on another team’s board can be a lot different. And they only get 45 minutes to an hour to figure out the difference in the spring before the competition begins,” said Heberlein.

“Taylor Knuth is so much fun to watch. She is the best [diver] in the area. They are all getting stronger with each day of practice,” Heberlein added.

PLYMOUTH PLACE-WINNERS
(Top 6)
Diving – 1. Taylor Knuth (score unavailable); 5. Haley Olsen, 261.15.
200 medley relay – 5. Jacqueline
Snow, Maddy Schmitt, Delaney Olsen,
Maddie Strutz, 2:01.96.
50 freestyle – 5. Strutz, 26.53; 6.
D. Olsen, 26.58.
200 freestyle relay – 6. Nichole
Bartzen, Snow, Anna Theisen, Meghan
Roelse, 1:51.07.
400 freestyle relay – 6. D. Olsen,
Theisen, Strutz, Roelse, 3:57.96.


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