Panthers strong seventh in Small School Invite

¦ PHS earns medals in three relays

LUCAS COLLARD of Plymouth swims the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s Small School State Invitational. Collard placed 11th. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley LUCAS COLLARD of Plymouth swims the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s Small School State Invitational. Collard placed 11th. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The host Plymouth Panthers finished a strong seventh in a very competitive boys swimming and diving field at Saturday’s Small School State Invitational.

PHS, which moved up three places over last year’s meet, scored 150 points. Madison Edgewood, the 2013 Division 2 state runnerup, won the 17-team invitational with 340 and perennial power McFarland was second at 319. Defending state champion Monona Grove took fourth with 281.

“It was a great meet for us. I think it was the second-best finish we have ever had at this meet,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“There was awesome competition and we saw most of the guys we will be up against at sectionals except for Chilton/Valders/Brillion.”

Small School State included many of the top D-2 teams in the state.

The Panthers’ top place-winner was the 200-yard freestyle relay team which earned a fifth-place medal with a time of 1 minute, 35.82 seconds. The foursome included junior Lucas Collard, sophomores Chaz Halderson and Ryan Holec and senior Matt Matz.

Also winning medals for PHS as top-six finishers were the sixth-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays with season-best times. The medley relay included senior Jake Landry, Matz, junior Brent Thiel and Holec. The 400 relay consisted of Collard, junior Zach Gambrell, Holec and Matz.

Posting personal records for PHS were Peter Roth in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly; Ben Bachmann, 500 freestyle; Mitch Halderson and Harrison Strutz in the 100 backstroke; and Chaz Halderson in the 100 breaststroke.

PHS divers Evan Klemme and Corby Gafney placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in 11-dive competition. The winner was Whitefish Bay junior Joe Kaszubowski, the defending D-2 state champion, with an impressive score of 511.25 points.

“Evan Klemme and Corby Gafney performed well on Saturday. They made some small errors, so their scores weren’t their best,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein.

“They will fix that [the errors] before this Saturday. We saw 11 of the top divers in Division 2.”

PHS will compete in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference championship meet Saturday at Kiel.

“It was a great job by all the divers and swimmers,” said Sedlacek.

Senior Zack Parkin of Madison Edgewood set a meet record in the 50 freestyle with a winning time of 21.51 seconds.


Diving – 8. Evan Klemme, 286.35; 9. Corby Gafney, 251.05.

200 medley relay – 6. Jake Landry, Matt Matz, Brent Thiel, Ryan Holec, 1:50.05.

200 freestyle – 11. Lucas Collard, 2:00.85; 14. Zach Gambrell, 2:02.54.

50 freestyle – 11. Holec, 24.27.

100 freestyle – 7. Matz, 53.25; 9. Collard, 53.71; 14. Brad Hetlet, 55.54.

500 freestyle – 15. Ben Bachmann, 5:35.50.

200 freestyle relay – 5. Collard, Chaz Halderson, Holec, Matz, 1:35.82.

100 breaststroke – 9. Halderson, 1:07.84.

400 freestyle relay – 6. Collard, Gambrell, Holec, Matz, 3:34.52.

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