Greyhound swimmers claim sectional title, advance nine entries to state meet
Sectional title is second in three years
Wet behind the ears in terms of age, but now hardened with a season's worth of experience, the 2012-13 campaign for the Shorewood boys swim team keeps getting better and better, as the Greyhounds advanced six individuals and three relays to the WIAA Division 2 State meet after winning the sectional at Cudahy last Saturday.
"This is our second sectional victory in three years (2011) and just the second win in my dozen years here at Shorewood," coach Rob McCabe said. "The team sectional championship is quite an accomplishment for this young but talented squad."
"I have to keep reminding myself that there are five freshmen and one sophomore comprising this team," he continued. "That's remarkable considering the growth, strength and maturity high school boys will experience over time."
The Greyhounds will advance junior Kirill Korolev in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle, freshman Alex Borut in the 500 free, freshman Michael Perry in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly (second seed) and senior Philip Clausen in the 100 butterfly.
In addition, the Greyhounds' 200 medley relay team of sophomore Devon Brusnahan, senior Carlo DeSando, Clausen and junior Suhith Bayana and the 200 and 400 free relay teams of Clausen, Bayana, Perry and Korolev also advanced with impressive efforts.
The D2 state test will be at the UW-Madison Natatorium at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Greyhounds, with a much different team last year, were 10th in 2012. McFarland has won the last six titles in a row.
"I think we were able to accomplish many of our team goals today but we will look to improve this
Friday night," McCabe said. "The WIAA state meet is like no other and the amperage of the meet and the facility will likely boost performance. I'm looking forward to some electrifying performances."
At the sectional
Shorewood overcame a 47-point deficit to Whitefish Bay after diving, but still rallied to win the 12-school sectional with 360 points as Bay was second with 347.
The Greyhounds started to make their big push in the 100 butterfly: Perry in first (54.48 seconds) led a one-two-three sweep as Clausen was second (56.68) and freshman Henri Carignan was third (57.14). Perry earlier claimed his other individual berth with a third in the 200 individual medley (2:05.97).
Later the Greyhounds got a victory from the 200 free relay team with a season best effort of 1:32.84. That same crew would drop more than four seconds from its season best in taking third in the 400 relay and earning a state berth in 3:25.0.
State-meet veteran Korolev did his job, taking second in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.82, and then coming back to churn to a strong fourth in a very deep 500 field (4:58.23). Borut, of whom McCabe said had one of the two best meets by anyone on the team this day, claimed his state berth with a fifth (5:05.87).
"Without hesitation the guys that had the best meets were DeSando and Borut," McCabe said. "Both boys seeded up and collectively dropped 16 seconds between them. I really think Carlo (DeSando) surprised everyone including himself with his brilliant day."
Overall, McCabe was happy with the day's performances.
"Sectionals is a funny meet where they keep team scores but individuals and relays teams advance to the state meet," he said. "The ultimate goal is to perform at your best and send as many entries to the state meet. We were able to match our team goal of sending all three relays to the state meet with an additional six individual events."
Passion to succeed
McCabe was very happy with the team's character.
"Whitefish Bay started the meet ahead from the strength of their divers," McCabe said. "I told the boys we will likely be behind until the breaststroke so no need to panic (the Greyhounds had three top 10 finishes in the breaststroke). That we were going to have to keep chipping away at the stone swim with a passion to succeed."
Which impressed some others.
"They're a good team with a good coach," Bay coach Jim Davis said. "They were not going to do anything to beat themselves. By the time of the final relay, we knew that they would need to make a mistake in order for us to win the meet and they were just too good to let that happen."
Other top performances by event included the following: 200 free - Borut, fourth (1:55.36); 200 individual medley - Brusnahan, fourth (2:12.34); 100 butterfly - Andrew Clokey, eighth (1:00.87); 100 free - DeSando, third (51.23), Bayana, sixth (53.06); 500 free - Clokey, 12th (5:28.71); 100 backstroke - Brusnahan, sixth (59.95), Carignan, seventh (59.96); 100 breaststroke - DeSando, fourth (1:05.98), Zach Hammond, fifth (1:06.6) and Joe Lock, seventh (1:09.74).
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