Panthers look to perform well at state

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


SYDNEY KALK of Plymouth will participate in the diving event at Friday’s D-2 state swimming and diving meet. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley SYDNEY KALK of Plymouth will participate in the diving event at Friday’s D-2 state swimming and diving meet. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers’ Katy Coley, Savannah Arneson and Sydney Kalk will be aiming to finish the season strong when they compete in Friday’s Division 2 girls state swimming and diving meet.

The meet will be held at the UW-Madison Natatorium, with diving starting at 2:30 p.m. and swimming at 6:30 p.m.

Coley, a junior, will swim the 100-yard butterfly. Arneson, a senior, and Kalk, a sophomore, will compete in diving. Coley is seeded 14th (based on her sectional time). Arneson and Kalk are seeded 12th and 14th, respectively (based on sectional scores).

Coley also participated at state as a freshman. Arneson will be in her third straight state meet and Kalk in her second in a row.

“Our main goal is for Katy to achieve her career-best. She’d really like to break one minute. We know she’s capable, it’s just a question of if it’s all going to come together on that day,” said Panther head coach Dave Coley (Katy’s father).


KATY COLEY (left) and Savannah Arneson of Plymouth will compete in the 100-yard butterfly and diving, respectively, at Friday’s D-2 state swimming and diving meet. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KATY COLEY (left) and Savannah Arneson of Plymouth will compete in the 100-yard butterfly and diving, respectively, at Friday’s D-2 state swimming and diving meet. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Coach Coley said the psychological aspect is huge for her to perform well.

“She has to get herself up. No matter how her body feels, she has to reach inside and pull that out fast swim out, and she’s capable of doing that,” he said.

“She can build on that state experience. It will help settle her. She’s been through it and hopefully that will make the difference.”

Coach Coley pointed out what the focus is for Katy in practice this week.

“We’re working on drills and light conditioning, and we’re just trying to stay in a good feel with the water. Every aspect of the stroke we’re fine-tuning this week,” he said.

“Katy is a fierce competitor. She’s very happy to be there [at state] and she doesn’t want to give anything but her best. If she can improve her time, we’d be happy.”

Coach Coley said he would be happy if all three PHS athletes move up in the seedings.

“They are having a great week of practice. They look good,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein about Arneson and Kalk.

“They both have been there before. I have told them that there is no pressure anymore. They got there.”

Heberlein mentioned the keys for the divers to perform well.

“We know adrenalin will kick in, so the main focus this week is not to rush, have good arm lifts in their hurdles and reach for the ceiling as they leave the diving board,” he said.

“[Also] don’t be in a hurry to start the dive before they get off the diving board. Don’t forget about proper arm position and toe points on entries, and keep their legs together and straight.

“I hope that they will move up a little in the standings. I would like to see Savannah Arneson finish in the top eight,” said Heberlein.

“Sydney Kalk has come off a major shoulder surgery this past June that would have kept most athletes out of action for 4-6 months. Her determination to get back to the state meet in Madison had her back on the diving board in six weeks.

“We are not doing any new dives this week. Our focus will be repetition and gaining confidence on what they have been doing all season,” added Heberlein.


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