Panthers earn second at South Invitational

SHEBOYGAN – The Plym- outh Panthers had a strong team effort to key a runner-up finish in Saturday’s Sheboygan South Invitational boys swimming and diving meet.

PHS had at least one top-six finisher in all 12 events. The Green Bay United co-op team, which includes mostly athletes from Preble and Southwest high schools, won the meet. Team scores weren’t available.

“We had a great meet last Saturday, finishing second to an extremely strong Green Bay United team. We were able to stay ahead of a strong Wauwatosa East/West co-op team,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“The divers set us up really well again, finishing third, fourth and eighth. Charlie Aschenbach, in particular, had a really good meet.”

Riley Josephs led the PHS divers with a third in the 11-dive event. Aschenbach earned fourth and Noah Haese was eighth.

Leading PHS in the individual swimming competition were Ben Schaefers and Harrison Strutz with second places in the 500-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively.

“Our relays all had great days – finishing at, above or just one place below their seeding and seed times,” said Sedlacek.

“Our ‘A’ medley relay [Strutz, Leander Leinen, Schaefers, Dawson Smith] finished at their seeding [second place], just off their best time of the season but a very strong effort.”

“Our ‘B’ medley relay [Keegan Gafney, Jaxsen Schermacher, Ben Nichols, Charlie Waitkus] jumped over four teams to finish fifth after being seeded ninth. A huge effort by our guys to make a big splash to start the meet,” said the coach.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the Panthers’ “A” and “B” teams finished second and seventh, respectively. The “A” squad included Strutz, Smith, Gafney and Schaefers. The “B” unit consisted of Schermacher, Waitkus, Davis Dejus and Nichols.

Plymouth’s “A” and “B” 400 freestyle relays teams placed fifth and eighth, respectively. The “A” foursome included Gafney, Leinen, Dejus and Smith. The “B” team had Nichols, Waitkus, Jack Gumieny and Jeremy Martin.

The Panthers’ other top-six finishers in swimming included:

50 freestyle – Strutz, fourth and Schermacher, sixth; 100 backstroke – Gafney fifth; 200 individual medley – Leinen, fifth; 100 butterfly – Nichols, fifth; 100 freestyle – Smith, sixth; and the 100 breaststroke – Leinen, tied for fifth.

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