Panthers win sectional crown

PHS advances six events to state


RYAN HOLEC, Plymouth junior, swims the 100-yard butterfly in Saturday’s sectional meet at PHS. Holec placed second and qualified for state. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley RYAN HOLEC, Plymouth junior, swims the 100-yard butterfly in Saturday’s sectional meet at PHS. Holec placed second and qualified for state. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers successfully defended their Division 2 sectional boys swimming and diving championship last weekend and qualified six events for the state meet.

Host PHS outscored runner-up Grafton, 371-359. The Panthers’ group of state qualifiers was led by the 200-yard freestyle relay which finished first in 1 minute, 31.99 seconds. The relay included seniors Brent Thiel and Zach Gambrell and juniors Ryan Holec and Chaz Halderson.

The Panthers advanced all three of their divers to state, led by senior Evan Klemme who earned second with a score of 345.55 points for 11 dives. The diving was held Friday night at Neenah. Also qualifying for PHS in diving are junior Anghelo Gangano and sophomore Riley Josephs who placed third and fifth, respectively.


ANDRES MUELLER of Kiel/Elkhart Lake competes in the 100-yard butterfly at Saturday’s sectional meet. Mueller, an Elkhart Lake foreign-exchange student from Switzerland, finished fourth. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ANDRES MUELLER of Kiel/Elkhart Lake competes in the 100-yard butterfly at Saturday’s sectional meet. Mueller, an Elkhart Lake foreign-exchange student from Switzerland, finished fourth. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Also advancing to state for PHS are the 200 medley relay which finished second in 1:44.29; Holec in the 50 freestyle in 22.52 and 100 butterfly in a school-record 54.64 with second places; 200 medley relay, runner-up in 1:44.29; and the 400 freestyle relay which earned second in 3:24.16.

The medley relay included sophomore Harrison Strutz, Halderson, Thiel and Gambrell. The 400 relay consisted of Holec, senior Lucas Collard, Thiel and Gambrell.

Senior Andres Mueller, of Kiel/ Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, a foreign exchange student at Elkhart from Switzerland, qualified for state in the 100 backstroke with a first-place effort in 56.91. Kiel/ Elkhart placed fifth in the 12-team meet with 197 points.


LUCAS COLLARD of Plymouth swims the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s sectional meet. Collard placed fourth with a careerbest time. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley LUCAS COLLARD of Plymouth swims the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s sectional meet. Collard placed fourth with a careerbest time. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Each sectional winner automatically advances to state. Also qualifying are the top-12 individuals and relays among all sectionals (excluding winners). The state meet will be held Friday at the UWMadison Natatorium.

“Quite obviously, it was a great weekend,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“I’m so proud of our whole team with their courageous performances. I knew going into the meet that we had a good chance to win.

“The mark of a champion is to perform at your best when it counts. It counted big time last Friday and Saturday and our guys were up to the task,” Sedlacek said.

“Our divers started us out in fine fashion with some huge points – giving us a 20-point lead over Grafton – and we would need every single one of them.

“Ryan accomplish both of his goals in the butterfly: qualifying for state in the best fashion and breaking a school record,” said the coach.

“Grafton put three of their four best swimmers in the 200 free relay in an attempt to win it and dropped almost two seconds but we were better with some super- fast swims of our own.

“We had amazing swims by all four guys – garnering the win and the eighth-fastest time out of the 16 teams qualifying. Zach did a great job holding off Bailey Bodart to secure the gold medal and qualify automatically,” said Sedlacek.

Grafton finished second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:32.25.

Sedlacek said all of her individuals in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays had great swims.

A PHS state preview will appear in Thursday’s Review.

BOYS SWIMMING

PLYMOUTH PLACE-WINNERS

Diving – 2. Evan Klemme, 345.55; 3. Anghelo Gangano, 321.80; 5. Riley Josephs, 281.70.

200 medley relay – 2. Harrison Strutz, Chaz Halderson, Brent Thiel, Zach Gambrell, 1:44.29.

200 freestyle – 4. Lucas Collard, 1:55.59; 10. Dan Levan, 2:01.94.

200 individual medley – 4. Leon Gehri, 2:19.56.

50 freestyle – 2. Ryan Holec, 22.52; 5. Chaz Halderson, 23.75.

100 butterfly – 2. Holec, 54.64; 7. Thiel, 59.32.

100 freestyle – 2. Gambrell, 50.90; 3. Collard, 51.07.

500 freestyle – 5. Ben Schaefers, 5:23.54; 7. Ian McConnaha, 5:34.31.

200 freestyle relay – 1. Holec, Halderson, Thiel, Gambrell, 1:31.99.

100 backstroke – 2. Strutz, 58.33.

100 breaststroke – 3. Halderson, 1:05.29; 4. Gehri, 1:07.76; 7. Noah Joseph, 1:11.99.

400 freestyle relay – 2. Holec, Collard, Thiel, Gambrell, 3:24.16.


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