Panthers strong second at Redwing Invite


SHEBOYGAN – The Plymouth Panthers had an outstanding showing in Saturday’s Redwing Invitational boys swimming and diving at Sheboygan South with a strong runner-up placing.

PHS, a Division 2 school, scored 479 points and finished only 16 behind D-1 Wauwatosa East/West (495). The Panthers were 178.5 points ahead of third-place and D-1 Sheboygan North (370.5) in the nine-team meet.

“This was another meet where coming in second feels like a win. The Redwing Invite is the jumping off point for our end of the season,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“We are just one month away from the state meet and this meet is a good indicator for where we are against great competition.

“This meet features seven Division 1 teams, so losing to Tosa by just 16 points and scoring ahead of six of those is a pretty noteworthy accomplishment,” said Sedlacek.

PHS was led by junior Ryan Holec who won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.12 seconds, and the 200 freestyle “A” relay which captured first in 1 minute, 33.62 seconds. The relay included Holec, junior Chaz Halderson and seniors Brent Thiel and Zach Gambrell.

Holec also placed second in the 100 freestyle.

“Ryan had a great start, great turn and a win. It was a great day for Ryan,” said the coach.

“We get to the 200 free relay with both teams seeded in the top-six and our ‘A’ relay seeded first. Awesome swims by all eight guys and we swim at our seeding to finish first and fifth.

“Our ‘A’ relay had a brilliant swim, dropping more than two seconds. Great swims by both Chaz Halderson and Zach Gambrell to secure the best time of the season,” said Sedlacek.

The PHS divers were paced by senior Evan Klemme who earned second with an 11-dive score of 347.45 points.

“Our divers gave us a great start. Evan had a great competition and finished in a very solid second,” Sedlacek said.

Panther senior Lucas Collard finished second in the 200 freestyle after being seeded seventh. Collard swam a season-best 1:59.47.

“Lucas swam a courageous race, staying ahead of his Tosa opponent [Michael Siverling who took third] and jumping all the way from the seventh seed to second,” the coach said.

(Top 6)

Diving – 2. Evan Klemme, 347.45; 6. Anghelo Gangano, 275.30.

200 medley relay – 2. Harrison Strutz, Chaz Halderson, Brent Thiel, Zach Gambrell, 1:47.47; 6. Zach Jordan, Leon Gehri, Ben Schaefers, Cole Henning, 1:53.20.

200 freestyle – 2. Lucas Collard, 1:59.47.

200 individual medley – 5. Gehri, 2:22.69.

50 freestyle – 1. Ryan Holec, 23.12; 6. Halderson, 24.48.

100 butterfly – 6. Thiel, 1:01.07.

100 freestyle – 2. Holec, 51.20; 4. Gambrell, 52.75; 6. Collard, 54.09.

500 freestyle – 4. Schaefers, 5:31.73.

200 freestyle relay – 1. Holec, Halderson, Thiel, Gambrell, 1:33.62; 5. Henning, Mitch Eigenberger, Jordan Marshall, Collard, 1:40.28.

100 backstroke – 3. Strutz, 1:01.72.

100 breaststroke – 3. Halderson, 1:08.13; 6. Gehri, 1:09.86.

400 freestyle relay – 3. Holec, Collard, Thiel, Gambrell, 3:31.52; 6. Henning, Eigenberger, Marshall, Schaefers, 3:49.15.

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