The new year got off to a smashing start for the Shorewood boys swim team Saturday as the Greyhounds picked up firsts from Michael Perry in the 100-yard butterfly and from the 400 free relay in winning the 17-school Cedarburg Bulldog Invitational.
The numbers tell the tale, coach Rob McCabe said.
"We had an overall tremendous team effort," he said. "...Anytime a team wins a meet with 17 teams that is a special feat. We had some real stand-out performances having 13 different boys place in the top 16, scoring in 22 different individual races, all six relays and several season best times."
The Greyhounds, who hosted a powerful New Berlin team in a dual meet on Wednesday, scored 4071/2 points to take the event with the host Bulldogs earning second with 379 and Wauwatosa third with 261.
Perry led a strong team effort in the butterfly with a victorious time of 54.59 seconds as teammate Henri Carignan was third (56.77) and Andrew Clokey seventh (1:01.65).
Perry and Carignan then joined Kirill Korolev and Suhith Bayana on a winning effort in the 400 free relay with a season best time of 3:24.15.
Taking seconds were Korolev in the 200 free (1:49.09) and the 100 free (49.32) and Perry in the 500 free (5:03.37). Thirds were taken by Carignan in the 100 backstroke (1:00.0) and Joe Lock in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.78).
Other top 10 efforts included the following: 200 medley relay: Devon Brusnahan, Lock, Carignan and Joe Stephenson, fourth (1:48.43); Tommy Chamberlain, Zach Hammond, Clokey and Ilya Litvin, ninth (1:54.56); 200 free: Lock, seventh (1:59.23); 200 individual medley: Brusnahan, fifth (2:17.36); Hammond, ninth (2:21.53); 50 free: Bayana, fifth (23.62); Stephenson, ninth (24.43); 500 free: Clokey, ninth (5:43.73); 200 free relay: Stephenson, Bayana, Perry, Korolev, fourth (1:34.51); 100 backstroke: Brusnahan, fourth (1:00.46); 100 breaststroke: Zach Hammond, seventh (1:09.68); and 400 free relay: Lucas Barry, Willem Van Den Kieboom, Lock and Brusnahan, eighth (3:44.42).
McCabe praised the efforts of the 400 free relay, calling the time "impressive" and he noted that Perry, Korolev and Carignan had the best overall days, earning a combined six top three medals among themselves.
"Other guys who really stepped up were Joe Lock, Zach Hammond and freshman Charlie Phillips," McCabe said.
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