Panthers strong third in Plymouth Invite

KEEGAN GAFNEY swims the backstroke leg for Plymouth’s “A” 200-yard medley relay at Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational. The relay placed second. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley 
KEEGAN GAFNEY swims the backstroke leg for Plymouth’s “A” 200-yard medley relay at Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational. The relay placed second. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers finished a strong third place in Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational boys swimming and diving meet.

The Panthers scored 390 points in the eight-team meet – 110 ahead of fourth-place Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol (280). Appleton North/East earned first with 481.5.

Senior Ben Schaefers led the Panthers with second place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.70 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5 minutes, 34.47 seconds.

Plymouth also placed second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:50.51. The “A” relay team included Keegan Gafney, Jaxsen Schermacher, Schaefers and Dawson Smith.

“A great meet for the Panthers. We had someone in the top-six for every event except the 200 individual medley,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“It started out with three nice performances by our divers. Our medley relays both performed well. Charlie Waitkus had an outstanding swim in the 200 freestyle – jumping all the way from the eighth seed to finish third.

CHARLIE WAITKUS of Plymouth competes in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational. Waitkus placed third. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley 
CHARLIE WAITKUS of Plymouth competes in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational. Waitkus placed third. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “Ben Schaefers started his year out well in pursuit of a return trip to state in the 100 butterfly – finishing second,” said Sedlacek.

The diving was held Friday night at Oshkosh West in conjunction with the Oshkosh West Invitational. Senior Charlie Aschenbach led the PHS divers with a third-place showing in the Plymouth Invitational field with a personal best score of 292.95 points for 11 dives.

“Charlie Aschenbach dove very well for the first meet. He will be our diving leader this year,” said PHS diving coach Greg Heberlein.

“Jon Brisson [junior] is a first-year diver. He has some difficult (higher degree of difficulty) dives already but needs to clean them up. It was his first meet and he was nervous. He got better as he relaxed.

“Alec Nicholson is a first year sophomore diver. He too was nervous at first. It was great for them [the three PHS divers] to get medals at their first meet. We are going to have fun this year,” said Heberlein.


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