Panthers looking for strong state showing

Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS swim/dive team will compete in three events at the D-2 state meet Friday, Nov. 10. The state qualifiers include (front row, left to right) Katy Coley, Keeley Kuru, Morgen Frausto, (back row, l-r) Libby Turnour, Katie Sanborn, Danielle Tesky and Isabella McCabe. Coley is in the 100-yard butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay. Kuru, Frausto and Sanborn are in the relay, with Tournour an alternate. Tesky and McCabe are divers. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS swim/dive team will compete in three events at the D-2 state meet Friday, Nov. 10. The state qualifiers include (front row, left to right) Katy Coley, Keeley Kuru, Morgen Frausto, (back row, l-r) Libby Turnour, Katie Sanborn, Danielle Tesky and Isabella McCabe. Coley is in the 100-yard butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay. Kuru, Frausto and Sanborn are in the relay, with Tournour an alternate. Tesky and McCabe are divers. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers’ state qualifiers will be striving to cap off the season with their best performances when they compete in the Division 2 meet Friday, Nov. 10 at the UW-Madison Natatorium.

The diving competition will start at 2:30 p.m. and the swimming is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Plymouth’s state participants include junior Danielle Tesky and sophomore diver Isabella McCabe in diving; senior Katy Coley in the 100-yard butterfly; and the 400 freestyle relay team of freshman Morgen Frausto, senior Katie Sanborn, junior Keeley Kuru and Coley. Junior Libby Tournour is the alternate for the relay.

Coley is the only Panther who has previous state expeby rience, having competed as a freshman and a junior. She finished 15th in the state butterfly last year.

Tesky is seeded 11th and Mc- Cabe is 16th in diving at state (based on sectional scores). Coley is seeded 14th in the butterfly. The 400 relay is seeded 15th.

“Our big goal was to make it to state and we’ve done that, so now we want to improve our times and scores, and finish with our best times and scores,” said Panther head coach Dave Coley.

“If possible, we’d like to hold our seeds or move up.

“We have a lot of confidence and momentum, now we just need to hold our taper [for the swimmers] the rest of the week and hopefully we’ll do that.”

The PHS team finished second in the sectional meet Saturday at Ashwaubenon. Every Panther swimmer had at least one personal-best time in the meet. Coley broke the school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 1.36 seconds – eclipsing the old mark of 1:02.43 set by Chelsea Peterson in 2007.

“We were ecstatic with the results of our team since we were not expecting to be the sectional runner up,” said coach Coley.

The coach pointed out what the state swimmers have been focusing on in practice this week.

“We’ve been concentrating on good stroke form, keeping our strokes long, feeling the water and getting psychologically prepared for the most competition we’ll see this year,” he said.

“The 400 relay is the last event, so we’ll have to stay psychologically charged up.”

The coach thinks his daughter Katy’s previous state experience should help her.

“We’re hoping she can take that experience to use it to her advantage so she doesn’t get too nervous and can swim her best,” he said.

“We’re expecting the toughest competition of the year and we want to be ready for that to do our best. The girls are excited, nervous and confident going into state. We’re reasonably healthy. We feel we have a good chance of improving our times.

“There will be a lot of good competition [at state]. Madison Edgewood [two-time defending state champion] is the heavy favorite.

“We would be extremely pleased if we could finish the season with our best times of the season. That’s our main goal,” said the coach.


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