The Greyhounds qualified 12 individual events and three relays for the WIAA Division 2 State Swim Meet to be held Friday, Feb. 20, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.
Shorewood scored 328 points and finished second behind Whitefish Bay's 351 points at the 11-team Cudahy Sectional on Feb. 14.
"It was an awesome meet," Shorewood coach Rob McCabe said. "As a coach I cannot be any happier than how this team performed."
Stephen Meyer won the 100-yard backstroke in a school record 53.92 seconds and finished second in the 100 butterfly in 53.51.
Kasmir Bohannon was second in the 100 back (55.89) and third in the 200 freestyle (1:48.22) and Karl Weisling was second in the 500 free (4:51.83) and fourth in the 200 free (1:50.25).
Jay Tomasiewicz was third in the 500 free (5:04.82) and seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:06.60) and Mike Ross was eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:06.97) and ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.59).
Isaac Flegel-Mishlove was fifth in the 500 free (5:11.29) and Asher Kaufman was sixth in the breast (1:03.80).
The 200 medley relay of Bohannon, Kaufman, Meyer and Weisling (1:42.13) and the 400 free relay of Meyer, Bohannon, Tomasiewicz and Weisling (3:20.90) both took third and the 200 free relay of Kaufman, Tomasiewicz, Flegel-Mishlove and Arthur Staub finished fifth (1:34.66).
"It goes to show if you work extremely hard throughout the season and the offseason the athlete is able to reap the rewards of success," McCabe said. "That's what I like most about coaching these guys and high school-aged athletes. This team, like many others before them, learned the valuable life lesson of determination, dedication and desire."
The Blue Dukes, with an impressive contingent of 12 individuals and three relay teams advancing, will make another strong run at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming title at the Natatorium on Friday, Feb. 20.
Bay earned the opportunity after winning its seventh straight sectional meet at Cudahy on Feb. 14.
"We're not making any predictions," Blue Dukes coach Jim Davis said, "but we were (fourth) last year and I have told the guys that we have a chance at the top three again because we have a lot of room to move up."
Defending champion McFarland, with 19 total qualifiers, will be difficult to overcome.
The Blue Dukes scored 351 points to Shorewood's 328 in the 11-team sectional. They won despite not claiming a single event.
Leading Whitefish Bay at state will be Chris Fink in the 200 free and 100 back, Chuckie Prestigiacomo in the 50 and 100 free, D.J. Friesch and Jason Castillo in both the 200 individual medley and 100 breast, Tommy Hiller in the 100 butterfly and 500 free, Ian Gee in diving and Walker Brengel in the 200 free.
In addition, the 200 medley relay team of Fink, Prestigiacomo, Castillo and Rob Colton; the 200 free relay of Friesch, Domi Lauko, Castillo and Colton; and the 400 free relay of Brengel, Friesch, Fink and Prestigiacomo will also advance.
"We didn't win a thing but we were steady throughout the meet," Davis said.
Despite the fact that state 500 free qualifier Ben Wynn will be a 19 seconds slower than the next slowest competitor, he will try to make the most of his opportunity in the WIAA state meet Feb. 21.
"A time drop for him would be nice," Knights coach Dwight Davis. "We'll try and set some individual goals for him. I wouldn't be surprised if he beats a couple of people."
Wynn will also join teammates Pavel Sharapov, Shreya Patnaik and Sebastian Paczuski on the 200 free relay, which advanced with a season best 1:31.32.
Nicolet finished off its team season on a positive note, taking second in its own sectional Feb. 14 335.5 points, behind only Marquette's 429.5.
Wynn earned his berth with a seven-second win in the 500 at 5:19.34. All other state qualifiers in the event are under five minutes. The Knights also got a third from Nick Lee and a fourth from Konrad Holtz in the event. Wynn was second and Teddy Hansen third in the 200 free.
The state qualifying sprint relay trailed only a strong Marquette effort of 1:28.56.
The 200 medley relay of Tom Appleby, Drew Shuster, Paczuski and Sharapov was second in a season-best 1:47.73.
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At the end of a rebuilding campaign, Highlanders coach Mark Gwidt smiled and breathed a sigh of relief when his team advanced three individuals and two relays to the WIAA Division 1 State Swim Meet in Madison on Saturday, Feb. 21.
"We finished up the team portion of the season with a really good meet," Gwidt said. "We swam really well (at the sectional)"
Diver Erik Larsen and Cody Burkhard in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 500 freestyle have advanced, as has the 200 and 400 free relay teams of Ben Bedore, Burkhard, Erick Hovorka and Ben Sjulson.
State diving will be at 10 a.m. and swimming at 3 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin's Natatorium in Madison.
The Waukesha South sectional Feb. 14 was the fastest in the state. Homestead finished with 168 points, good for seventh, as Arrowhead won with 312.
Larsen was second in diving with a personal-best 393.1 points. Burkhard was fourth in the 200 IM (1 minute, 58.83 seconds) and seventh in the 500 free (4:50.09). The 200 free team was sixth (1:32.2) while Gwidt was impressed with the 400 free unit's effort as it reached the elite time of 3:19.62 in also taking sixth.
Hovorka in the 200 free and Sjulson in the 50 free just missed out on individual state berths.
"This season has still been very rewarding," Gwidt said. "One of the better coaching jobs that I've had."
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After two years of state medal-winning performances, the depleted and injury-riddled Falcons knew success was going to come harder this winter.
And despite not qualifying anyone to the WIAA Division 2 State Swim Meet in Madison, co-coaches Bob Van Lieshout and John Douglass were pleased with their team's personal best-laden seventh-place at the WIAA sectional at Plymouth on Feb. 14.
"To have the team finish a season with 22 out of 26 swims at (personal record) level is absolutely remarkable," Douglass said, "but to do it with a team that included only two seniors is even more impressive."
The Falcons scored 163.5 points; Cedarburg won the 10-team event with 384.
The Falcons made up for a disqualification in the 200 medley relay with a series of best times, highlighted by freshman Stephen Grambow in the 200-yard freestyle (eight-second drop) and 500 free (21-second drop). His 500 time of 5:14.22 was good for sixth and missed state by less than three seconds.
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