PHS looking to have multiple state qualifiers

Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


MORGEN FRAUSTO of Plymouth is on her way to winning the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s EWC Swimming and Diving Meet in Kiel. – Photo by Greg Ceilley MORGEN FRAUSTO of Plymouth is on her way to winning the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s EWC Swimming and Diving Meet in Kiel. – Photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth girls swimming and diving team will be striving to qualify several events for state when it competes in this weekend’s Division 2 sectional meet at Ashwaubenon High School.

The diving event will be held Friday, Nov. 3, at 5:30 p.m. The swimming is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner of each sectional event automatically qualifies for the state meet along with the top-12 performers in each event (not including sectional winners) from all of the sectionals.

“Our goal is to qualify as many divers and swimmers for state as possible. We haven’t taken any relays to state in the last two years, so that would make our season,” said PHS head coach Dave Coley.

The Panthers will try to build on their achievement of winning the Eastern Wisconsin Conferby ence championship last Saturday in Kiel.

“We had some season-best times at conference. Now we would like to lower those times,” said Coley.

He pointed out the keys for the swimmers to have a good sectional.

“We need to be rested, we need to stay focused and we need to swim with confidence,” said Coley.

“We like the sectional field at Ashwaubenon because we have defeated most of those teams this season. We were able to tie Ashwaubenon [for eighth] at Small School State in Shorewood but now they will have the home-pool advantage.

“Obviously, our times still have to hold up when compared with other sectionals,” said the coach.

Coley explained what the swimmers are focusing on this week in practice.

“This week we will focus on stroke awareness, streamlining, strategizing and relay exchanges,” said the coach.

He said a few of the swimmers are sick but should be ready to swim by Saturday.

Greg Heberlein, the Panthers’ diving coach, thinks his four divers have a good chance of advancing to state. The divers include Danielle Tesky, Sydney Kalk, Isabella McCabe and Katie Waitkus. Tesky earned first in the EWC Meet last Saturday. Kalk was a state qualifier last year.

“With Danielle coming off a first-place finish last Saturday at Kiel, we feel good that she may bring home the gold on Friday night. All of the Plymouth divers are diving great right now,” said Heberlein.


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