Panthers earn 12th in D-2 state meet

BOYS SWIMMING


ZACH GAMBRELL, senior, anchors Plymouth’s 400-yard freestyle relay at Friday’s state swimming and diving meet. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek ZACH GAMBRELL, senior, anchors Plymouth’s 400-yard freestyle relay at Friday’s state swimming and diving meet. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek MADISON – The Plymouth Panthers performed well in the Division 2 boys state swimming and diving meet Friday at the UW-Madison Natatorium.

PHS placed 12th in the 32-team field with 78 points – improving on last year’s finish of 20th with 41 points. Monona Grove won this year’s championship with 309 points and McFarland was second at 267.

The Panthers didn’t medal in any of their six events but finished near their state seedings in those events. The top-six finishers earn medals.

Plymouth was led by junior Ryan Holec who placed seventh in the 50- yard freestyle in a career-best 22.29 seconds. Holec was seeded ninth coming into state, based on his sectional time.

Holec broke his own school record in the 100 butterfly with a 54.06 clocking which gave him ninth. The previous mark was 54.64 which he set at the sectional a week earlier.


EVAN KLEMME of Plymouth competes in the state diving event Friday afternoon. Klemme finished 10th. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek EVAN KLEMME of Plymouth competes in the state diving event Friday afternoon. Klemme finished 10th. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek PHS had three divers who competed – the most they have had at state since 2009 when Plymouth also had three. Senior Evan Klemme, who was in his third straight state diving event, led the Panthers with a 10th-place showing with 333.80 points for 11 dives. Klemme improved on his 11th-place effort a year ago when he scored 270.30.

The Panthers’ other events were relays – 200 medley, which took 15th; and the 200 and 400 freestyle races which both placed ninth.

Andres Mueller of Kiel/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, a senior foreignexchange student at EL-G from Switzerland, placed 14th in the 100 backstroke in 57.12. Kiel/EL-G placed 29th with four points.

“The guys gave a solid performance on Friday,” said PHS head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“This is a great team. They have been awesome to be around the entire season and that was absolutely the case on Friday night.

“Every swimmer and diver finished very close to their seeding and that’s always the goal.

“Ryan Holec had a great evening – going lower in both his individual events,” said Sedlacek.

“Our 200 free relay had a great swim – finishing .10 seconds within their sectional winning time. A great last swim of the night by our 400 free relay team.”

Sedlacek was also pleased with the medley relay which improved .20 seconds on its sectional time.

“Evan had a good meet but could have dove a little better,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein who was one of the D-2 state diving judges.

“He was a little soft coming off the board and was early into some of his somersaults. He looked better in warm-ups but I was very pleased with his performance. He had a great high school career.

“Anghelo [Gangano] and Riley [Josephs] had a great first trip to Madison. They were in the kind of competition that gets you into the higher level of diving, and I know they will improve next year,” said Heberlein.

PLYMOUTH STATE RESULTS

Diving – 10. Evan Klemme, 333.80; 11. Anghelo Gangano, 292.95; 13. Riley Josephs, 278.25.

200 medley relay – 15. Harrison Strutz, Chaz Halderson, Brent Thiel, Zach Gambrell, 1:44.09.

50 freestyle – 7. Ryan Holec, 22.29.

100 butterfly – 9. Holec, 54.06.

200 freestyle relay – 9. Holec, Halderson, Thiel, Gambrell, 1:32.09.

400 freestyle relay – 9. Holec, Luc_ as Collard, Thiel, Gambrell, 3:24.16.


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