Panthers win sectional championship, qualify four events for state meet


PETER ROTH of Plymouth swims the breaststroke leg during the 200-yard individual medley at Saturday’s sectional meet. Roth placed sixth. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PETER ROTH of Plymouth swims the breaststroke leg during the 200-yard individual medley at Saturday’s sectional meet. Roth placed sixth. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – An outstanding team effort propelled the Plymouth boys swimming and diving team to the Division 2 sectional championship Saturday at the PHS pool.

It’s the PHS program’s second sectional title in school history. The Panthers also took first in 2010.

The Panthers qualified four events for Friday’s state meet at UW-Madison, led by junior Lucas Collard who won the 200-yard freestyle in a career-best 1 minute, 56.55 seconds.

Plymouth’s other state qualifiers include junior diver Evan Klemme, sophomore diver Corby Gafney, and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The diving competition was held Friday evening at Neenah High School and had Klemme finishing third and Gafney fifth which combined for 30 key team points. Klemme was also a state qualifier in 2013.


MATT MATZ of Plymouth anchors the 200-yard medley relay in Saturday’s sectional swimming meet. PHS finished third in the relay. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MATT MATZ of Plymouth anchors the 200-yard medley relay in Saturday’s sectional swimming meet. PHS finished third in the relay. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley The 200 relay finished second with a season-best 1:33.07 and included Collard, sophomores Chaz _ _ _ Halderson and Ryan Holec and senior Matt Matz. The 400 relay also placed second – posting a season-low time of 3:28.34 (4.54 seconds better than previous best) – and included Collard, junior Zach Gambrell, Holec and Matz.

The Panthers scored 355 points and the runner-up was Chilton/Brillion/ Valders with 337. PHS finished second to C/B/V in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Meet a week earlier.

“It was a great meet. One of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching and coaching,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek who’s in her ninth season at PHS.

“An amazing feat for these guys to win this event. This was no cakewalk and we took nothing for granted. Every single swimmer and diver did their job and then some.

“These guys simply put it all out there, and I couldn’t be happier for them and this success. A total team effort,” said Sedlacek.

“While not everyone had a PR [personal record] or hit their seeding, most of them did one of the two in time in the day, and some people in a very big way.

“Our relays have been strong all year and today was no different. We had our best time for the season in the 200 freestyle relay – dropping two seconds from the previous week. Lucas, Chaz Halderson, Ryan and Matt swam a brilliant race and time,” Sedlacek said.

“Lucas with his best split of the season with a 53.06 started us off in fine fashion in the 400 freestyle relay and the guys just continued to swim well throughout as everyone put up their best times.

“In the 200 freestyle, both Lucas and Zach had personal bests on the day, and we end up in first and fifth. A great event,” she said.

“Evan and Corby did a great job last Friday night at the Neenah High School pool,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein.

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

PLYMOUTH PLACE-WINNERS

Diving – 3. Evan Klemme, 301.35; 5. Corby Gafney, 240.95.

200 medley relay – 3. Jake Landry, Chaz Halderson, Brent Thiel, Matt Matz, 1:46.51.

200 freestyle – 1. Lucas Collard, 1:56.55; 5. Zach Gambrell, 1:58.72..

200 individual medley – 6. Peter Roth, 2:22.18.

50 freestyle – 4. Ryan Holec, 23.36; 5. Collard, 23.85; 6. Chaz Halderson, 23.99.

100 butterfly – 7. Roth, 1:04.49.

100 freestyle – 3. Matz, 51.75; 4. Holec, 52.45; 5. Brad Hetlet, 53.58.

500 freestyle – 7. Ben Bachmann, 5:31.58.

200 freestyle relay – 2. Collard, C. Halderson, Holec, Matz, 1:33.07.

100 backstroke – 5. Harrison Strutz, 1:01.43; 6. Landry, 1:02.87; 8. Mitch Halderson, 1:04.58.

100 breaststroke – 4. C. Halderson, 1:08.38; 5. Mark Novak, 1:08.73.

400 freestyle relay – 2. Collard, Gambrell, Holec, Matz, 3:28.34.


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