PHS looks to have strong sectional meet

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Coming off an impressive Eastern Wisconsin Conference Meet victory Saturday, the Plymouth boys swimming and diving team is poised to have a strong Division 2 sectional showing.

The sectional will be held this weekend at Ashwaubenon High School. The diving competition is Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the swimming is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.

The winner in each sectional event automatically qualifies for the state meet. Also qualifying will be the top-12 performances in each event (not including sectional winners) from all of the sectionals.

“It was great to have such a big win at conference heading into sectionals. To have the kind of dominating performance that we had gives us great impetus for a successful sectional competition,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“We were definitely hitting on all cylinders [in the EWC Meet] and showed incredible depth with our ‘B’ relays all finishing third. The swimmers worked really hard in practice prior to conference and we were not at all tapered. As we drop off the work by the end of the week we anticipate seeing some big drops in time.

“Our guys have done all the work we have asked of them and they are all poised to have a great meet,” said Sedlacek.

The coach stated her top goals for the team at the sectional.

“First, for everyone to have their best performances of the year. Second, to qualify as many events/people as possible to the state meet,” she said.

Sedlacek pointed out the Panthers’ leading contenders for advancing to state.

“Riley Josephs is currently the No. 3-ranked diver in the state [in D-2]. Riley is the No. 1 seed for this weekend at our sectional. Harrison

Strutz is the No. 2 seed in the 50-yard freestyle and the No. 3 seed in the 100 backstroke at our sectional,” said the coach.

“All three relays [200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle] have a legitimate chance to qualify but will have to have their best swims of the seasons.

“Ben Schaefers has a legitimate shot in the 100 butterfly. Leander Leinen is with a pack of guys [in the 200 individual medley] who are all swimming around 2:11- 2:12. If he can jump ahead of that group he could qualify,” said Sedlacek.

The coach noted the keys for the team to perform well in the sectional:

“To have a great week of practice, get good sleep and have confidence going into this weekend. They have to know the work they have done this season will get them the results they have imagined for this weekend.”

Sedlacek thinks Ashwaubenon and Grafton are the favorites to win the sectional.

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