Panthers’ Josephs takes third in state diving


BEN SCHAEFERS of Plymouth competes in the 100-yard butterfl y at Friday’s D-2 state swim/dive meet. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek BEN SCHAEFERS of Plymouth competes in the 100-yard butterfl y at Friday’s D-2 state swim/dive meet. – Photo by Clare Sedlacek MADISON – Senior Riley Josephs won a third-place bronze medal in diving to lead the Plymouth Panthers in Friday’s Division 2 boys state swimming and diving meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium.

Josephs, who was competing in his third straight state diving competition, scored 361.85 points for 11 dives. This is the best state performance for Josephs who finished eighth last year and 13th in 2015. It’s the highest placing at state for a PHS diver since 2011 when Josh Suchon earned third for the second straight year.

Senior Henry Carman of Mono- na Grove was the diving champion with an impressive 568.95.

The Panthers placed 10th in the 30-team meet with 89.5 points. Monona Grove captured its third straight D-2 state title – outscoring runner-up Ashwaubenon, 381-232. Grafton took third with 208.


RILEY JOSEPHS of Plymouth competes in Friday’s D-2 state diving event. Josephs earned a third-place medal. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News RILEY JOSEPHS of Plymouth competes in Friday’s D-2 state diving event. Josephs earned a third-place medal. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News Senior Harrison Strutz was the Panthers’ top finisher in swimming with a tie for seventh in the 100-yard backstroke with a school record 54.93 seconds. The top-six finishers in each state event earned medals.

“We had a great state meet. According to the seedings from sectionals we were slated to finish in 12th place with 85 points but we were able to move up two places,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“Riley led Plymouth with an outstanding third-place place finish. This was the highest finish for a Plymouth diver or swimmer since 2013. His last three dives were some of the best of the competition. It was great to bring a diving medal back to Plymouth where we have a great diving tradition,” she said.

“Riley did great. He had a great week of practice – he knew all he needed to do were his dives his way and he should finish in third, and he did just that,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein who served as one of the D-2 state diving coaches.

“I am sorry to say that that was his final performance. I am going to miss working with him and watching his artistry off the diving board. He is a great young man, a great team leader and a good friend.”

“A great swim by Harrison in an absolutely stacked [100 backstroke] race,” said Sedlacek.

“A great finish [at state] by our guys to a very fun and successful season. I’m so proud to be their coach.”

A follow-up article on the state meet will be in Thursday’s Review.


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