Panthers repeat as Plymouth Invitational champs


ANNA THEISEN, Plymouth senior, is en route to placing second in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational swimming meet. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ANNA THEISEN, Plymouth senior, is en route to placing second in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational swimming meet. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – An outstanding team performance ignited the Plymouth Panthers to their second straight championship in the Plymouth Invitational girls swimming and diving meet Saturday.

PHS had at least three placewinners in seven of the nine individual events, including four in the 50-yard freestyle. The top-16 finishers in all events scored team points.

The Panthers’ two entries in each of the three relays finished in the top 10, led by the 400 freestyle A relay which finished first in a season-best 3 minutes, 58.50 seconds. The relay included seniors Nichole Bartzen, Lindsey Karczewski and Anna Theisen and sopho- more Katy Coley.

PHS ran away with the title – rolling up 481 points which was 117 ahead of runner-up Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol (364).


SAVANNAH ARNESON of Plymouth focuses on a dive during Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational. Arneson placed second with a career-best score for 11 dives. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley SAVANNAH ARNESON of Plymouth focuses on a dive during Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational. Arneson placed second with a career-best score for 11 dives. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The other first-place finishers for PHS were Theisen in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:34.85 and Coley in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.16.

“A great meet for us. I told them right before we started the meet that we always swim well at home,” said PHS head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“Everyone scored points. I love putting together a lineup in which everyone contributes point-wise to the team total. We have a great invite team.”

The Panthers took the lead in the point standings at the start of the meet after the diving competition. Junior Savannah Arneson and freshman Sydney Kalk finished second and fourth, respectively, which gave PHS a meet-high 32 points. Arneson posted a careerbest score of 357.05 points for 11 dives. Kalk had a personal-best 261.30.


CAITLYN KLEMME of Plymouth swims the breaststroke leg in the 200-yard medley relay at Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational. The relay finished third. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CAITLYN KLEMME of Plymouth swims the breaststroke leg in the 200-yard medley relay at Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational. The relay finished third. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “Saturday was a good day for Savannah. She had her best 11- dive score. I am very proud of her,” said Panther diving coach Greg Heberlein.

“She is still improving on her level of competition. She has changed some of her dives to harder positions.

“It was Sydney’s first big meet. She was a little sore from a gymnastics meet on Friday. Lifting her left arm above her head hurt but she wouldn’t give in. I am super proud of the job she did,” said Heberlein.

“Both our A and B relays in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle podiumed [top-five finishes]. That shows the depth of our team,” said Sedlacek.

“Our best individual on the day was definitely Anna Theisen. Seeded third in the 200 freestyle, she dropped two seconds [off her previous season-best time] to take second.

“Seeded third again in the 500, Anna took the lead at the 200 mark and seemed to get stronger at every 50. In the end, Anna dropped more than a second off her best time and won the event.”

Junior Lauren Boos, a junior at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah and a member of the Kiel/EL-G team, earned third in the 100 freestyle in 58.34 seconds. Boos anchored all of the Raiders’ relays – the 200 medley and 200 freestyle which captured fourth, and the 400 freestyle which took third.

The only double-winner in the meet was junior Katie Kaminski of Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol. Kaminski was first in the 200 individual medley in 2:22.84 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.17.


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