Panthers take third at South Invite

SHEBOYGAN – Sophomore Savannah Arneson won the diving event to spark the Plymouth Panthers to third place in Saturday’s Sheboygan South Redwing Invitational girls swimming and diving meet.

Arneson scored a career-high 342.05 points for 11 dives. PHS sophomores Gwen Nytes and Olivia Honeck earned third and fourth, respectively, to give PHS a meet-best 51 team points in the diving event. Neytes totaled 301.30 and Honeck scored 264.45 which are both personal-bests.

Junior Anna Theisen was the Panthers’ top finisher in the swimming competition with a third in the 500-yard freestyle in 5 minutes, 36.94 seconds.

Bay Port cruised to the meet championship with 430 points. Sheboygan North was the runnerup with 305, followed by PHS at 300. Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/ Sheboygan Falls took seventh in the nine-team field with 200.

“We held our own and thanks to our depth we amassed those middle-of-the-pack points to finish third. Our divers really helped us out – diving well and scoring well,” said PHS head coach Mike Slagle.

“There was some very good competition – all Division 1 teams except three [PHS, Kohler/Lutheran/ Falls and Shorewood] which we finished ahead of. It was a good meet for us, giving us some good competition as we near the end of the season.

“Homecoming again took it toll on our times. Times were off a little from where we have been. It was a tough week with all the other activities, school and practices,” said Slagle.

“They [the PHS divers] dove against these divers before at the Plymouth Invite three weeks ago and the results were much better,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein.

“Gwen and Olivia placed ahead of the girls that beat them before. Both had dives they wished they could have done over, so there is still room for improvement. They are getting better with each practice.

“Savannah had a great meet. This was her first gold medal in an invitational. She too had some dives that she thought should have been better. Her kick-out on her forward-two somersault is something we need to work on,” said Heberlein.


(Top 6)

Diving – 1. Savannah Arneson, 342.05; 3. Gwen Nytes, 301.30; 4. Olivia Honeck, 264.45.

200 freestyle – 5. Anna Theisen, 2:07.39; 6. Katy Coley, 2:07.52.

100 freestyle – 5. Maddie Strutz, 57.39.

500 freestyle – 3. Theisen, 5:36.94.

200 freestyle relay – 4. Nichole Bartzen, Coley, Theisen, Strutz, 1:47.35.

400 freestyle relay – 6. Coley, Bartzen, Jacqueline Snow, Theisen, 4:00.75.

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