Panthers to vie for state berths at sectional

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


AURORA BOSIA, Plymouth senior, swims to victory in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s EWC Meet. Bosia hopes to earn a state berth at the sectional meet this Saturday. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley AURORA BOSIA, Plymouth senior, swims to victory in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s EWC Meet. Bosia hopes to earn a state berth at the sectional meet this Saturday. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth girls swimming and diving team hopes to take advantage of its home pool when the Panthers host a Division 2 sectional meet this weekend.

Diving will be held Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m. The diving time was incorrectly listed in Tuesday’s Review. The diving is set for Saturday at 2 p.m.

The first-place winners in each sectional event automatically ad- vance to the state meet. Also qualifying will be the top-12 individuals and relays (not including sectional winners) from all of the sectionals.

PHS has momentum after a very good showing in Saturday’s Eastern Wisconsin Conference Meet at Chilton. The Panthers finished a strong second and had several fine performances from swimmers and divers.

KATY COLEY, Plymouth junior, swims the backstroke leg in the 200-yard medley relay at Saturday’s EWC Meet. The relay placed third. The Panthers’ relay will vie for a state berth in this Saturday’s sectional. – Review photo by Greg CeilleyKATY COLEY, Plymouth junior, swims the backstroke leg in the 200-yard medley relay at Saturday’s EWC Meet. The relay placed third. The Panthers’ relay will vie for a state berth in this Saturday’s sectional. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley
“I am excited. The girls have trained very hard and I would like to see them rewarded with huge time drops,” said Panther head coach Dave Coley.

“Our goal is to have each swimmer achieve personal-best times in every swim and to qualify as many swimmers for state as we can.

“The home-pool advantage will help a lot. We know the blocks, pads and turn wall better than any other team,” said Coley who feels his team is peaking now.

Coley thinks the Panthers’ leading contenders for state berths are senior Savannah Arneson and sophomore Sydney Kalk in diving, senior Aurora Bosia, 200-yard freestyle; junior Katy Coley, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly; sophomore Keeley Kuru, 500 freestyle; and all three relays – 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle.

Coach Coley said the swimmers’ focus this week is lots of rest, stroke drills and having a positive psychology.

He hopes the team can finish in the top half of the sectional standings.

“Grafton and KLF [Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Sheboygan Falls] will be tough and the new arrival of Ashwaubenon will make a splash,” said coach Coley.

Grafton finished third in last year’s D-2 state meet and was the champion in 2013 and 2014.

PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein hopes to qualify all four of his competitors for state. Arneson and Kalk competed at state last year, and Arneson was also there two years ago. The other PHS divers are sophomores Jovianne Schwibinger and Danielle Tesky.

“Savannah wants to finish her high school career on a high note. Sydney went last year as a freshman. I expect that both will return. They have been in the top 10 all season [in the D-2 diving rankings],” said Heberlein.

“Jovianne and ‘Ella’ [Danielle] have come a long way in the last three months. They both have had a great first season of diving.”

Heberlein thinks the home pool will help his divers at the sectional.

“We are on our own diving board at the normal practice time. It is something I have had them preparing for all season,” he said.

“They love our facility, pool depth, spectator seating, and it’s one of the best diving boards in the state. They know their board and the sight lines around the pool.”

Heberlein said defending sectional champion Sydney Vian of Kiel/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah should be favored to take first again.


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