Panthers have lofty goals for state meet

by Greg Ceilley ___________________________ of The Review staff


THE PLYMOUTH PANTHERS will compete in a school-record nine events at Friday’s D-2 state swim/dive meet. The state participants are (left to right) Riley Josephs (diver), Cole Henning, Chaz Halderson, Ryan Holec, Harrison Strutz and Ben Schaefers. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley THE PLYMOUTH PANTHERS will compete in a school-record nine events at Friday’s D-2 state swim/dive meet. The state participants are (left to right) Riley Josephs (diver), Cole Henning, Chaz Halderson, Ryan Holec, Harrison Strutz and Ben Schaefers. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH — Coming off a strong showing in last weekend’s sectional meet, the Plymouth Panthers are flying high going into Friday’s Division 2 boys state swimming and diving meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium.

“The momentum gained by our strong sectional showing is immeasurable,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“From the first event [diving on Friday] to the last event [on Saturday] we had the right amount of excitement in each event because we had people placed extremely well. Bringing competitors into all but three events on Friday will make for a very exciting meet.

“We have high goals for state. We are seeded to medal in three events, and that certainly is our hope to attain some podium finishes.

“We are sending the most events to state we have ever sent – nine in total – showing our quality and depth of our team,” said Sedlacek.

The top-six finishers at state earn medals. Plymouth’s top-six seeds are senior Ryan Holec, No. 3 in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, and the 200 medley relay which is No. 6. The relay includes junior Harrison Strutz and seniors Chaz Halderson, Ryan Holec and Cole Henning.

The Panthers’ other state qualifiers include: junior Riley Josephs in diving; sophomore Ben Schaefers, 500 freestyle; 200 freestyle relay with Strutz, Halderson, Henning and Holec; Strutz, 100 backstroke; Halderson, 100 breaststroke; and the 400 freestyle relay with Schaefers, Strutz, Halderson and Henning.

Sedlacek pointed out the keys for the team to have a good state meet.

“Get off to a strong start. It will be great to have people in all but three events – that keeps things very exciting and keeps people interested in the meet. Everything these guys have done this season has been in preparation for this day,” she said.

Sedlacek noted what the swimmers are focusing on in practice this week.

“Less yards, more technique, more rest and getting into the proper mindset for the last meet of the year. Working on all the little things, paying attention to what is going to happen on Friday,” she said.

Greg Heberlein, the PHS diving coach hopes that Josephs can earn a medal.

“Riley is looking real good in practice this week. No new dives, just brushing up on what got him to state,” said Heberlein.

“He is seeded seventh with his sectional score of 353.80. That is Plymouth’s best seed for diving in the last five years.

“I am hoping he can have a very good day and move up to at least sixth which will put him on the medal stand,” said Heberlein.

The diving will start at 2:30 p.m., and swimming will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Most recent cover pages:














Copyright 2009-2018 The Plymouth Review, All Rights Reserved

Contact Information

113 E. Mill St., Plymouth WI 53073
Local: 920-893-6411 Toll Free: 1-877-467-6591
Fax: 920-893-5505