Panthers three-repeat as EWC champions


RILEY JOSEPHS (above), Plymouth senior, executes a back dive in Saturday’s EWC Swimming and Diving Meet. Josephs placed first. LEANDER LEINEN (right) of Plymouth swims the breaststroke during the 200-yard individual medley at Saturday’s EWC Swimming and Diving Meet. Leinen finished second. – Review photos by Greg Ceilley RILEY JOSEPHS (above), Plymouth senior, executes a back dive in Saturday’s EWC Swimming and Diving Meet. Josephs placed first. LEANDER LEINEN (right) of Plymouth swims the breaststroke during the 200-yard individual medley at Saturday’s EWC Swimming and Diving Meet. Leinen finished second. – Review photos by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – An outstanding team effort propelled the Plymouth Panthers to their third straight Eastern Wisconsin Conference Boys Swimming and Diving Meet championship Saturday at the Mike Slagle Aquatic Center.

The Panthers won six events and had two top-four finishers in nine events as they rolled up 592 points – 126 ahead of runner-up Brillion/ Chilton/Valders (466). PHS had at least three place-winners in six of the 12 events.

Senior Harrison Strutz led the way for the Panthers with a pair of wins. Strutz took first in the 50- yard freestyle with a time of 22.36 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 57.24 – both season-best times for him. Strutz, who also won the backstroke last year, swam on all three winning relays.

Senior Riley Josephs led a strong diving performance by PHS with a first-place finish. Josephs scored a career-best 380.70 points for 11 dives. Charlie Aschenbach and Noah Haese finished third and fourth, respectively, with personalbest scores.

PHS racked up a meet-high 51 team points in the diving which was crucial going into the swimming competition.

PHS swept the relays – winning the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle. Sophomore Dawson Smith was also on all three relays.

“An outstanding, totally dominating performance by everyone in the pool that day, from the first event to the last,” said PHS head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“One of the best performances by a PHS team in any sport. A total team effort that brought us our third EWC championship in a row.

“It started with the best diving performance by a Plymouth diver in six years by Riley Josephs. Riley scored 380.70, which is a personalbest and 100 more points than he scored two years ago at sectionals,” said Sedlacek.

“Our two new divers, Charlie Aschenbach and Noah Haese, have continued to push themselves and make significant progress each week,” she said.

“A great performance and PRs [personal records] for all three divers. They are all fired up for this week leading into sectionals,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein.

“Charlie Aschenbach , sophomore, has had a great first year. His conference score was his best by more than 20. Noah Haese, also a sophomore, has made some big strides the last two weeks. He had his best score by more than 30 points,” said Heberlein.

“Harrison Strutz and Jaxsen Schermacher were seeded 1-2 [respectively] in the 50 free and did not disappoint with their best times of season and a dominating show for our team,” said Sedlacek.

Schermacher placed second in the 50.

“We were seeded first, fourth and sixth in the 100 back, so all three of our swimmers were in the final heat. Harrison Strutz had his best time of the season, going wire-to-wire with the most dominating performance of the day – winning by over three seconds. Keegan Gafney had his best swim in this event of the season [placing third],” said Sedlacek.

A follow-up on the EWC Meet along with a sectional preview will be in Thursday’s Review.

PLYMOUTH PLACE-WINNERS

Diving – 1. Riley Josephs, 380.70; 3. Charlie Aschenbach, 283.70; 4. Noah Haese, 238.25.

200 medley relay – 1. Harrison Strutz, Leander Leinen, Ben Schaefers, Dawson Smith, 1:46.54; 3. Keegan Gafney, Christian Pieper, Ben Nichols, Jaxsen Schermacher, 1:55.40.

200 freestyle – 2. Schaefers, 1:55.10; 8. Pieper, 2:08.83.

200 individual medley – 2. Leinen, 2:12.68; 3. Davis Dejus, 2:17.97; 9. Derek Holec, 2:33.57; 10. Jack Gumieny, 2:36.44.

50 freestyle – 1. Strutz, 22.36; 2. Schermacher, 24.65; 10. Keegan Mc- Mullen, 27.68.

100 butterfly – 2. Leinen, 57.82; 4. Nichols, 1:03.55.

100 freestyle – 2. Smith, 53.08; 3. Schermacher, 54.62; 4. Charlie Waitkus, 55.30; 13. Dillon Nemitz, 1:04.26.

500 freestyle – 2. Schaefers, 5:25.05; 4. Waitkus, 5:42.83.

200 freestyle relay – 1. Smith, Schermacher, Gafney, Schaefers, 1:36.45; 3. Nichols, Holec, Dejus, Waitkus, 1:41.59.

100 backstroke – 1. Strutz, 57.24; 3. Gafney, 1:03.55; 7. Holec, 1:07.92.

100 breaststroke – 4. Pieper, 1:14.29; 5. Dejus, 1:14.90; 7. Gumieny, 1:18.66.

400 freestyle relay – 1. Smith, Leinen, Waitkus, Strutz, 3:35.26; 3. Nichols, Holec, Gafney, Dejus, 3:46.40.


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