Panthers advance nine events to state meet

JORDAN MARSHALL of  Plymouth swims the 100-yard butterfly at Saturday’s sectional meet. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley

JORDAN MARSHALL of  Plymouth swims the 100-yard butterfly at Saturday’s sectional meet. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers had an outstanding Division 2 boys swimming and diving sectional at home last weekend as they qualified nine events for the state meet.

PHS finished third in a tough field with 289.5 points. Grafton won the meet with 392 and Cedarburg was second at 380. The diving was held Friday night and the swimming on Saturday afternoon.

Leading the charge for the Panthers was senior Ryan Holec who placed second in the 50- and 100- yard freestyle races – qualifying for state in both. Holec set a school record of 21.69 seconds in the 50 which eclipsed the mark of 21.70, set by Steve Abrams in 1990. Holec’s time of 47.49 broke the record set by Abrams in 1990.

Holec was also a member of the state-qualifying 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays which earned second places. The other relay swimmers were Harrison Strutz, Chaz Halderson and Cole Henning who were in both events.


RYAN HOLEC, Plymouth senior (right), celebrates after breaking the school record in the 50-yard freestyle at Saturday’s sectional meet. Holec placed second. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley RYAN HOLEC, Plymouth senior (right), celebrates after breaking the school record in the 50-yard freestyle at Saturday’s sectional meet. Holec placed second. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Also advancing to state are Riley Josephs in diving with a thirdplace finish; Ben Schaefers in the 500 freestyle with a third; Halderson, 100 breaststroke, third; Strutz in the 100 backstroke after taking second; and the 400 freestyle relay of Schaefers, Strutz, Halderson and Henning which placed third.

The winners of each sectional event automatically qualify for state at UW-Madison Friday. Also qualifying are the top-12 individuals and relays from all the sectionals (excluding sectional winners).

“This is one of the best days in PHS boys swim and dive history. An amazing day – full of great results by our guys. The atmosphere was electric from the get- go,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“The medley had an incredible race – slashing more than 2½ seconds off their previous best and setting a new school record [1 minute, 39.85 seconds].”

The old PHS mark in the medley relay was 1:42.00, set in 2010.

“The most important decision we made was to take Harrison Strutz and Chaz Halderson out of their second individual events [they usually compete in two individuals and two relays] and move them into a third relay. The goal at the end of the sea- son is to get as many events to state as possible, and we knew the only way our 400 free relay had to qualify was to put Chaz and Harrison in the relay,” said Sedlacek.

“Riley finished really strong on Friday night. His first set of dives were usually better but he finished with a flurry. His 353.80 [point total] is his best score,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein.

A follow-up on the sectional meet along with a state preview will be in Thursday’s Review.


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