Work ethic a key to Panthers’ fine season

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH — As head coach Mike Slagle reflects on the 2014 Plymouth girls swimming and diving season, an enjoyable time working with the team members and seeing their good work ethic stand out for him.

The Panthers kept an outstanding tradition going last fall as they won the Eastern Wisconsin Conference title for the 16th straight season, took first in the Plymouth Invitational and placed second in their Division 2 sectional meet.

“I believe we had a very good season,” said Slagle who completed his 35th season at PHS.

“Good in-team competition, good team size and good work ethic with the girls,” he pointed out when asked what the keys were to the successful season.

Slagle said what impressed him the most about the squad was how the girls handled the competition on the team and their good work ethic.

“The highlights [of the season] were a conference title, a good number that qualified for state, and having the chance to work with a good group of athletes,” he recalled.

PHS competed in four events at the state meet and finished 21st.

Slagle praised the seniors, saying, “They carried on a great tradition and were good team leaders.”

Slagle said what he will remember the most about the season is “having the chance to work with a great bunch of girls.”

He thanked Greg Heberlein, the PHS diving coach for his work and the parents for their support of their daughters.

Slagle is optimistic the 2015 team will continue the program’s success.

“We will again lose a good group seniors which is always hard to replace. We will again have a decent nucleus of returning letter winners. Our depth should help us continue our winning traditions,” he said.

The Panthers lose seven seniors but will return 16 letter winners.

Slagle pointed out the keys for the Panthers to have another strong season:

“Hard work, good numbers and steering clear of illness and injuries,” he said.


Junior swimmer Anna Theisen was voted the Panthers’ Most Valuable Player by her teammates for the 2014 season. Theisen was a member of the team’s state 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. Her 400 relay was an EWC champion and she placed second in the EWC 200 and 500 freestyle races.

Junior swimmer Grace Mc- Creedy and sophomore swimmer Katie Richart were voted Most Improved.

The Panthers have an outstanding team grade-point average of 3.610. The PHS letter winners combined for an excellent 3.616 GPA.

The Panthers’ letter winners include:

Seniors – Jeni Birenbaum, Amy Holec, Maddy Schmitt, Mandy Smith, Jackie Snow, Maddie Strutz and Ali Van Ells.

Juniors – Nichole Bartzen, Lindsey Karczewski, Caitlyn Klemme, Kayla Lentz, Grace McCreedy, Abby Nicholson and Anna Theisen.

Sophomores – Savannah Arneson (diver), Olivia Honeck (diver), Allison Horner (diver), Julia Marshall, Gwen Nytes (diver), Allison Pieper, Katie Richart and Delaney Scudella.

Freshmen – Katy Coley.

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