PHS looks to have strong sectional

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH — Coming off their Eastern Wisconsin Conference championship Saturday, the Plymouth boys swimming and diving team is primed for a strong showing in this weekend’s Division 2 sectional competition.

Diving will be held Friday at Neenah at 5:30 p.m. and swimming is set for Saturday at the PHS pool at 2 p.m. Each sectional winner automatically advances to state. Also qualifying are the top- 12 individuals and relays among all sectionals (excluding winners), based on times and diving scores.

“I feel like we are in great position to have a successful meet. We are placed to score well if we live up to our seedings,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“The team has all worked very hard to be seeded well and hard work is the most important factor in success in this sport.

“My hope is for all the guys to perform their best. They have done all the work they need to have a successful season, and this meet is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” said Sedlacek.

Sedlacek thinks the Panthers’ top hopefuls for qualifying for state include: divers Evan Klemme, Anghelo Gangano and Riley Josephs; Ryan Holec in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly; the 400 and 200 freestyle relays and 200 medley relay; the 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle.

The coach pointed out the keys for the team to perform well in the sectional.

“All we can do is swim/dive our best. If we do that we will be successful. Our goal this week is to finish in the top-two as a team,” she said.

“We [swimmers] worked really hard at the beginning of the week, and then will drop it off at the end of the week [to gain rest]. One of the best things for us is that we get to swim at our home and we swim well at our place.”

PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein is optimistic about his divers’ chances of earning state berths after their strong showing in the EWC Meet.

“If they dive that well Friday night, we should sent all three to Madison next week,” said Heberlein.

“They all have some little things to do to improve even more, and that will be our focus at practice this week – consistency and confidence on each dive.”

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