Panthers earn four medals in state meet


RILEY JOSEPHS of Plymouth competes in the D-2 state diving event Friday in Madison. Josephs placed eighth. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke RILEY JOSEPHS of Plymouth competes in the D-2 state diving event Friday in Madison. Josephs placed eighth. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke MADISON – The Plymouth Panthers climaxed an outstanding boys swimming and diving season with a strong showing in Friday’s Division 2 state meet at the UWMadison Natatorium.

PHS brought home four medals (top-six finishers in each event won medals), led by senior Ryan Holec who earned one in all four events he competed in. Holec placed sixth in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races in 21.61 and 47.98 seconds, respectively. His time in the 50 broke his own school record of 21.69 which he set a week earlier in the sectional.

The four medals for Holec are the most earned by an individual in one state meet in PHS boys swimming and diving history.

The Panthers also won medals in the 200 medley relay with a sixth place in 1 minute, 40.71 seconds and the 200 freestyle relay which took sixth in 1:30.31. Both relays included junior Harrison Strutz, senior Chaz Halderson, Holec and senior Cole Henning.


COLE HENNING of Plymouth swims in the 200-yard freestyle at Friday’s D-2 state meet in Madison. The relay earned a sixth-place medal. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke COLE HENNING of Plymouth swims in the 200-yard freestyle at Friday’s D-2 state meet in Madison. The relay earned a sixth-place medal. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke PHS finished eighth with 112 points – improving on last year’s 12th place. The eighth place is the highest for a PHS boys team at state since 2010 when the Panthers took seventh.

Monona Grove successfully defended its state title as it scored 296, followed by Shorewood with 251. Kiel/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah was 20th with 25 points in the 34-team field.

Panther junior diver Riley Josephs scored a career-best 353.95 points in placing eighth in the 11- dive event. Josephs finished five places higher than last year.

“It was a great weekend – a total team effort. We were either watching someone participating or watching someone on the medal stand,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“A great swim by Ryan in the 50 freestyle. In the 100 Ryan had a good start and swam a great race .

“It was especially satisfying for our guys in the 200 freestyle relay I think to hold onto that sixth spot and grab another medal,” said Sedlacek.

“In the 200 medley relay, it was a good swim by all the guys, with Harrison, Chaz and Ryan getting close to their personal bests in each leg. Cole had the best anchor leg of his high school [career].”

Josephs’ finish is the highest for a PHS male diver at state in the past five years.

“He did Plymouth proud. He had some great dives. He started the day out for Plymouth with a great showing on the diving board,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein who served as one of the diving judges in the D-2 state meet.

A follow-up on the state meet will be in Thursday’s Review.


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