Hard work sparks Panthers’ strong season

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


The 2013 Plymouth girls swimming and diving team won the EWC title for the 15th straight season. Team members include: front row (left to right): Lindsey Karczewski, Caitlyn Klemme, Shannon McKee, Hannah McFarlin, Jordan Doherty, Julia Marshall, Abigal Smrz, Lauren Bermke, Allison Horner, Delaney Scudella, Tatum Eigenberger, Destiny Henschel, Taylor Heyrman, Katie Richart, Gwen Nytes, Jackie Snow, Meredith Grimes and Meghan Bishop. Middle row: Abby Nicholson, Ann Ziegler, Nichole Bartzen, Nadine Skelton, Kayla Barber, Grace McCreedy, Kayla Lentz, Mandy Smith, Jeni Birenbaum, Steph Thiel, Maddie Strutz, Rachel Miller, Ali VanElls, Amy Holec, Maddy Schmitt, Anna Theisen Back row: Mary Claire Nicholson, Ing Konglevoll, Delaney Olsen, Emily Brown, Cecilia Consaluo, Joy Meeks, Haley Olsen, Taylor Knuth, Rachel Romps, Miranda Parker, Maggie McConnaha, Sara Martinez, Mariana Reynosa, Meghan Roelse, Madison Goldbeck, Natalie Skelton, Sophie Hau, and Cassidy Klemme. Not pictured are Olivia Honeck, Emily Mersberger and Allison Pieper. — Photo by Jeff Kernen The 2013 Plymouth girls swimming and diving team won the EWC title for the 15th straight season. Team members include: front row (left to right): Lindsey Karczewski, Caitlyn Klemme, Shannon McKee, Hannah McFarlin, Jordan Doherty, Julia Marshall, Abigal Smrz, Lauren Bermke, Allison Horner, Delaney Scudella, Tatum Eigenberger, Destiny Henschel, Taylor Heyrman, Katie Richart, Gwen Nytes, Jackie Snow, Meredith Grimes and Meghan Bishop. Middle row: Abby Nicholson, Ann Ziegler, Nichole Bartzen, Nadine Skelton, Kayla Barber, Grace McCreedy, Kayla Lentz, Mandy Smith, Jeni Birenbaum, Steph Thiel, Maddie Strutz, Rachel Miller, Ali VanElls, Amy Holec, Maddy Schmitt, Anna Theisen Back row: Mary Claire Nicholson, Ing Konglevoll, Delaney Olsen, Emily Brown, Cecilia Consaluo, Joy Meeks, Haley Olsen, Taylor Knuth, Rachel Romps, Miranda Parker, Maggie McConnaha, Sara Martinez, Mariana Reynosa, Meghan Roelse, Madison Goldbeck, Natalie Skelton, Sophie Hau, and Cassidy Klemme. Not pictured are Olivia Honeck, Emily Mersberger and Allison Pieper. — Photo by Jeff Kernen PLYMOUTH — Hard work and in-team competition helped propel the Plymouth Panthers to another successful girls swimming and diving season last fall.

The Panthers won an amazing 15th straight Eastern Wisconsin Conference championship, took first in the Sheboygan South Redwing Relays, fourth in the Division 2 sectional at PHS and 18th in the state meet.

“We had a very successful season,” said longtime Panther head coach Mike Slagle.

Slagle pointed out several highlights during the 2013 campaign.

“We met our team goals. Everyone had at least one career best time, with many having best times across the board,” he said.

“We were conference champs – 15th straight – and sent six swimmer/ divers to state. We had fun and many of our traditions were met throughout the season.”

Slagle said the main keys to the successful season were having a large team (57 members), the com- petition between the swimmers and divers on the squad, hard work and staying healthy.

“I think all the girls across the board need to complimented on their hard work and dedication to the program,” he said.

It meant a lot to the team to keep the EWC championship streak alive, extending the Panthers’ record for the most conference titles in a row. The Panthers ran away with the crown as they outscored runner-up Kiel, 174-80.

“It means a lot in keep up the tradition [EWC title streak] set by past teams, although it came with many hours of hard work and dedication for all involved,” Slagle said.

Slagle offered special thanks to diving coach Greg Heberlein, the parents and other individuals.

“I would like to thank Greg for working with the divers, the parents for their continued support at the meets, and Bethany Holec and Lori Schmitt for heading up the booster club work,” said Slagle.

Slagle is optimistic about next season.

“Even though we are losing a large group of seniors I feel that the junior class will pick up where the seniors left off. They will be the captains and have all the tools to take to guide the team to hopefully a 16th straight conference title,” he said.

“Even though we lose many key positions, I feel that we have a great group of athletes to look to fill in those positions.”

AWARD-WINNERS

Senior swimmer Delaney Olsen was voted the Panthers’ Most Valuable Player by her teammates for the 2013 season. Olsen was a member of the Panthers’ state 400- yard freestyle relay team which finished 11th. She swam on the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relays which finished first in the EWC Meet.

Sophomore swimmer Kayla Lentz was voted Most Improved.

Senior diver Taylor Knuth, who earned a sixth-place state medal, earned all-state honors for her topsix finish.

The Panthers have an impressive team grade-point average of 3.489. The PHS letter winners combined for an excellent 3.628 GPA.

The Panthers’ letter winners include:

Seniors – Emily Brown, Madison Goldbeck, Taylor Knuth (diver), Sara Martinez, Maggie McConnaha, Mary Claire Nicholson, Delaney Olsen, Haley Olsen (diver), Mariana Reynosa, Meghan Roelse and Rachel Romps (diver).

Juniors – Jeni Birenbaum, Amy Holec, Maddy Schmitt, Mandy Smith, Jackie Snow and Maddie Strutz.

Sophomores – Nichole Bartzen, Caitlyn Klemme, Kayla Lentz, Abby Nicholson and Anna Theisen.

Freshmen – Savanna Arneson (diver), Julia Marshall, Katie Richart and Delaney Scudella.


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