Panthers win triangular, gear up for EWC Meet

CHILTON – The Plymouth girls swimming and diving team finished unbeaten in Eastern Wisconsin Conference competition with a triangular victory here Thursday night.

The Panthers dominated the meet – racking up 142 points. Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Sheboygan Falls placed second with 101 and Chilton/ Valders/Brillion was third at 44.

PHS ended the EWC dual season with a 5-0 record and finished 7-2 overall. The Panthers will compete in the EWC Championship Meet Saturday at Chilton. Diving will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the swimming at 2 p.m.

PHS won seven of the 12 events in the triangular, led by junior Anna Theisen who captured the 200 and 500-yard freestyle races in 2 minutes, 6.09 seconds and and 5:34.82, respectively.

“The kids swam well. We had a number of season-bests or near season bests,” said Panther head coach Mike Slagle.

“It was a good way to end the dual meet season with good performances,” he said.

“Savannah Arneson won the diving with a score of 190.55. A little low for her but good enough to break Taylor Knuth’s six-dive pool record of 187 that Taylor [2014 PHS graduate] set at Chilton two years ago,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein.

“This late in the season, the judges are being a little more critical on the performance of the dives, so the scores are going to be a little lower.”

The Panthers won the junior varsity meet with 167 points, followed by C/V/B with 77 and K/L/SF, 44. PHS won 11 events.


Slagle thinks PHS and K/L/SF are the top contenders for the EWC title. K/L/SF picked up some new swimmers this year which will help them be in the running for first, according to the coach. The Panthers have won an incredible 15 straight EWC championships.

“We will come into the meet ready to improve on our times we have swam already this year. It will be a concerted effort by our entire lineup,” said Slagle.

“We will look to our depth in putting as many of our swimmers and divers in the top seven of the meet. Because of how the scoring is set up, it will set up to be a very close meet this year. Many of the teams have much-improved.

“It is going to be the team that comes ready to compete that will determine the conference champ this year,” he said.

“I think we look to be a strong contender. We are focusing on the finer details of our events, getting rest, and working strokes, turns and starts in preparation to a great outing.”

Slagle pointed out the keys for the Panthers to successfully defend their EWC crown.

“The key is to get our kids to swim best times or [have their best diving] scores. That is all I can ask of the girls. If we can do that it will set up up to placing our kids in the topseven scoring positions,” he said.

“I am expecting a very good performance from all four of Plymouth’s divers,” said Heberlein.

The PHS divers are Arneson, Gwen Nytes, Allison Horner and Olivia Honeck.


(Top 3)

200 medley relay – 1. Jacqueline Snow, Maddy Schmitt, Kayla Lentz, Maddie Strutz, 2:00.23; 2. Amy Holec, Caitlyn Klemme, Katie Richart, Nichole Bartzen, 2:08.49.

200 freestyle – 1. Anna Theisen, 2:06.09; 3. Katy Coley, 2:10.23.

200 individual medley – 1. Lentz, 2:31.44.

50 freestyle – 1. Strutz, 26.33; 2. Bartzen, 27.19.

Diving – 1. Savannah Arneson, 190.55; 2. Gwen Nytes, 175.90.

100 butterfly – 2. Lentz, 1:05.30.

100 freestyle – 2. Strutz, 57.19; 2. Coley, 58.63.

500 freestyle – 1. Theisen, 5:34.82; 3. Abby Nicholson, 6:04.64.

200 freestyle relay – 1. Bartzen, Coley, Theisen, Strutz, 1:47.50; 3. Snow, Schmitt, Lindsey Karczewski, Ali Van Ells, 1:51.22.

100 backstroke – 2. Snow, 1:10.00; 3. Amy Holec, 1:10.64.

100 breaststroke – 3. Schmitt, 1:17.14.

400 freestyle relay – 2. Coley, Bartzen, Snow, Theisen, 3:56.80.

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