Panthers perform well


MADDIE STRUTZ, Plymouth senior, anchors the 400-yard freestyle relay at Friday’s D-2 state swimming meet. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek MADDIE STRUTZ, Plymouth senior, anchors the 400-yard freestyle relay at Friday’s D-2 state swimming meet. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek MADISON – The Plymouth Panthers finished their girls swimming and diving season on a high note in the Division 2 state meet Friday at the UW-Madison Natatorium.

Plymouth’s three relays posted season-best times. The 200-yard medley relay finished 14th and moved up two places from its seeding (based on sectional time). The 200 freestyle took 15th – improving one place. The 400 freestyle captured 13th and held its seeding.

The medley relay included seniors Jacqueline Snow, Maddy Schmitt and Maddie Strutz and junior Kayla Lentz. The 200 free- style foursome was juniors Anna Theisen and Nichole Bartzen, freshman Katy Coley and Strutz. The 400 group included Coley, Snow, Theisen and Strutz.

Also competing for the Panthers was sophomore Savannah Arneson who placed 11th in the diving event. Arneson moved up four spots from her seeding (based on sectional score) as she scored 314.75 points for 11 dives – 3.60 better than her sectional total.


SAVANNAH ARNESON, Plymouth sophomore, focuses on her next dive in Friday’s D-2 state meet. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News SAVANNAH ARNESON, Plymouth sophomore, focuses on her next dive in Friday’s D-2 state meet. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News “I was happy with the improvement by the girls. They rose to the occasion,” said Panther head coach Mike Slagle.

“Our goal was to have our best times [and scores]. Being on the big stage and in front of 3,000 people, the girls kind of fed off of that.”

Slagle said the state experienced gained will benefit the returning PHS team members, saying that the girls will know what to expect at the meet.

“She [Arneson] had a great state meet,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein.

“I thought her dives looked good. She is so little, and she needs to get more height off the board to get the bigger scores. That will come.”


MADDY SCHMITT, senior, swims the breaststroke in Plymouth’s 200-yard medley relay at Friday’s D-2 state meet. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek MADDY SCHMITT, senior, swims the breaststroke in Plymouth’s 200-yard medley relay at Friday’s D-2 state meet. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek PHS finished 21st in the 36- team meet with 24 points. Grafton won its second straight state championship as it outscored runner-up Madison Edgewood, 294-254. Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Sheboygan Falls placed fifth at 134.

K/SL/SF was led by junior Emma Herold who earned a thirdplace medal in the 50 freestyle in 24.46 seconds and also captured a fourth-place medal in the 100 freestyle in 52.81. The top-six finishers in each event won medals.

PLYMOUTH STATE RESULTS

Diving – 11. Savannah Arneson, 314.75.

200 medley relay – 14. Jacqueline Snow, Maddy Schmitt, Kayla Lentz, Maddie Strutz, 1:56.30.

200 freestyle relay – 15. Nichole Bartzen, Katy Coley, Anna Theisen, Maddie Strutz, 1:42.78.

400 freestyle relay – 13. Coley, Snow, Theisen, Strutz, 3:46.45.


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