Panthers win EWC championship

BOYS SWIMMING


BEN SCHAEFERS of Plymouth is on his way to winning the 500-yard freestyle in Saturday’s EWC Swimming Meet. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News BEN SCHAEFERS of Plymouth is on his way to winning the 500-yard freestyle in Saturday’s EWC Swimming Meet. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News TWO RIVERS – An outstanding team effort sparked the Plymouth Panthers to first place in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Boys Swimming and Diving Meet here Saturday.

The Panthers won seven of the 12 events en route to scoring 149 points. PHS scored in the top three in all but one event and had multiple place-winners in eight of the nine individual events. The EWC championship is the Panthers’ first since 2011.

Two-time defending champion Brillion/Chilton/Valders placed second with 116 points.

Leading the way for the Panthers was junior double-winner Ryan Holec. Holec took first in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.28 seconds and the 100 freestyle in a personal-best 51.12. He also swam on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays.


LEON GEHRI of Plymouth swims the butterfly in the 200-yard individual medley at Saturday’s EWC Swimming Meet. Gehri finished third. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News LEON GEHRI of Plymouth swims the butterfly in the 200-yard individual medley at Saturday’s EWC Swimming Meet. Gehri finished third. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News PHS started the meet strong with an impressive diving showing, led by senior Evan Klemme who earned first with a careerbest score of 385.45 points for 11 dives. PHS senior Anghelo Gangano took third with a personalrecord 333.50 and teammate Riley Josephs, a sophomore, finished fourth with a career-best 318.00.

Panther junior Chaz Halderson successfully defended his 100 breaststroke title with a time of 1 minute, 6.42 seconds.

“It was a pretty great meet for us. A little bit of a hiccup at the start [PHS was disqualified in the 200 medley relay] but we recovered nicely. It was a total team effort,” said PHS head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“All the guys,, including our exhibition swimmers, really performed well, starting from the first event to the last.

“An awesome job by our divers with great results,” she said.

“Chaz Halderson looked great in the 100 breaststroke and was at the front from start to finish. Ben Schaefers and Evan Landry had outstanding races in the 500 free, both getting personal-bests.”

Schaefers won the 500 freestyle and Landry was third.

“It was a fantastic morning,” said Greg Heberlein, PHS diving coach, about his divers’ performances.

“Evan had been shooting for the gold medal and at the 400-point pool record [set by Plymouth’s Mitchell Spaeth in 2007] at Two Rivers. He came close but got the gold. That is the way to go out as a senior in his fourth year of diving.

Anghelo and Riley dove really well too,” said Heberlein.

Senior Andres Mueller, who swims for Kiel and is a foreign- exchange student at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, won the 200 individual medley in 2:10.75 and the 100 backstroke in 57.88.

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Plymouth……..……….....……........149
Brillion/Chilton/Valders….................116
Kiel………………………………….....74
Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol.....….....…33
Two Rivers/Roncalli.……….…......…21

PLYMOUTH PLACE-WINNERS

Diving – 1. Evan Klemme, 385.45; 3. Anghelo Gangano, 372.80; 4. Riley Josephs, 318.00.

200 freestyle – 3. Lucas Collard, 2:00.35; 5. Dan Levan, 2:06.47; 7. Jordan Marshall, 2:10.69.

200 individual medley – 3. Leon Gehri, 2:21.02; 5. Ben Schaefers, 2:24.19.

50 freestyle – 1. Ryan Holec, 23.28; 3. Chaz Halderson, 23.83; 5. Cole Henning, 24.76; 7. Mitch Eiegenberger, 25.59.

100 butterfly – 3. Brent Thiel, 1:00.94.

100 freestyle – 1. Holec, 51.12; 3. Zach Gambrell, 52.42; 4. Collard, 53.36; 7. Henning, 56.71.

500 freestyle – 1. Schaefers, 5:27.35; 3. Evan Landry, 5:51.72.

200 freestyle relay – 1. Holec, Halderson, Thiel, Gambrell, 1:34.70.

100 backstroke – 2. Harrison Strutz, 58.13; 5. Zach Jordan, 1:08.04; 6. Marshall, 1:09.10; 7. Eric Novak, 1:09.99.

100 breaststroke – 1. Halderson, 1:06.42; 2. Gehri, 1:09.29; 4. Noah Joseph, 1:11.50.

400 freestyle relay – 1. Holec, Collard, Thiel, Gambrell, 3:28.46.


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