Panthers gear up for sectional meet

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


MADDY SCHMITT of Plymouth swims the breaststroke leg in the 200-yard medley relay at Saturday’s Eastern Wisconsin Conference Meet at Chilton. PHS hopes to qualify the relay for state. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MADDY SCHMITT of Plymouth swims the breaststroke leg in the 200-yard medley relay at Saturday’s Eastern Wisconsin Conference Meet at Chilton. PHS hopes to qualify the relay for state. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Panthers will be aiming for their top performances in this weekend’s Division 2 girls sectional swimming and diving competition as they attempt to qualify some events for the state meet.

The winners in each sectional event and the top-12 performances among all sectionals (excluding winners) qualify for the state meet in Madison Nov. 14.

PHS will host the swimming portion of the sectional Saturday at 2 p.m. The diving will be held Friday at Neenah High School at 5:30 p.m.

Panther head coach Mike Slagle is confident his team will perform well at its home pool which is always a plus. Slagle is hoping to advance a few divers and individual swimmers along with all three relays to state.

“I am always confident that they will perform well. We have been working very hard this season and as we get more rested we should be stronger, thus perform better than we have been through the season,” said Slagle.

The coach’s goals for the sectional are for the Panthers to have their best performances.

“The keys are staying healthy, eating well, get lots of rest, have a good positive outlook, and believing in themselves and the program,” he said.

Slagle pointed out what the team is focusing on in practice this week.

“Just the finer details, getting more rest, good stroke technique throughout the week, perfecting our relay starts and staying positive,” he said.

Grafton, the defending Division 2 state champion, heads what looks to be a quality sectional field.

“The field should a good one as we move into this meet. Everyone puts everything on the line and we should have some great competition,” said Slagle.

“Grafton should walk away with the meet. After that, it’s a toss-up between us, Kohler/ Sheboygan Lutheran/Sheboygan Falls and Seymour. The team that takes the biggest drops should be the sectional runners-up.”

The PHS divers who will compete are coming off a strong performance in Saturday’s Eastern Wisconsin Conference Meet at Chilton. Leading the way was sophomore Savannah Areneson who earned first place with a career best score of 355.75 points for 11 dives. The other sectional divers are sophomores Gwen Nytes and Allison Horner.

“I hope that they can feed off each other again as they did last Saturday. One good dive leading to another – building on each other’s excitement,” said Heberlein.

“The divers are becoming more confident of their dives with each practice. They are peaking at the right time.”

Heberlein noted what the divers are focusing on in practice.

“I have had them try a few new dives this week but for the most part it is to repeat their 11 best dives – trying to get them as high off the board, and get fast rotation and clean straight entries [little to no splash],” he said.

“I am expecting Savannah and Gwen to qualify. Allison has an outside chance. The diver [Gabby Kraus] from Grafton should be the Plymouth sectional champion. She is sitting as the third diver [ranked] in the state.”


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