Greyhounds tankers win Woodland league title
Depth a major key in first title since 2010
As its top opponent, two-time defending champion Greendale/Greenfield acknowledged, the Shorewood boys swim team had simply too much depth for the rest of the Woodland Conference to deal with Saturday at the league championships.
It resulted in the Greyhounds winning their second title in four years.
"The only frustrating part of the day was to swim so well, and still not win the meet," Greendale/Greenfield coach Dale Schrank said. "Shorewood has a well-coached, much deeper team than we do, and no matter how well we swam, it was very difficult to offset the numbers advantage."
Greyhounds coach Rob McCabe will accept the compliment.
"This conference championship team was a perfect reflection of what exactly this team is all about," he said. "We were able to be victorious on the strength of our depth. We scored points in 26 of our 27 entries. The taper guys did a fine job dropping their times and the rest of the team proved equal to the task by their large percentage of season best times."
Shorewood got firsts from Kirill Korolev in the 500 freestyle (4:53.12) and Michael Perry in the 100 butterfly (54.75) en route to a 440-point total, as the Greendale/Greenfield co-op, which edged the Greyhounds by just a half-point for the title last year, was second with 407.
McCabe, whose team also won the league relay meet in December, was happy with his leaders.
"They both won one race and finished third in their other swim," McCabe said. "Kirill had perhaps the most entertaining race of day in the grueling 500. He got to an early lead only to fall about a body length behind with 150 yards to go. At the last flip turn he and the Greenfield/Greendale swimmer were tied and Kirill really just over kicked to the victory.
"Michael's gold medal performance was nearly as tense as he raced stroke for stroke against the same boy from Greenfield/Greendale."
Korolev was third in the 200 free (1:47.71) and Perry was the same in the 200 individual medley (2:04.75). The 200 free relay team of Perry, Philip Clausen, Suhith Bayana and Korolev earned second (1:33.95).
Clausen was the only remaining person off the Greyhounds' last title team in 2010. That title was the first swim championship for Shorewood in 67 years.
Balance was the name of the game this day as a number of swimmers came up big for the Greyhounds.
"I think without a doubt the swimmer that had the best day is freshman Zach Hammond," McCabe said. "He dropped over seven seconds in the 200 IM and another two in the 100 breast stroke. Other swimmers that had two season-best times were Alex Borut, Joe Stephenson, Carlo DeSando, Bayana and Ilya Litvin.
"I told the guys earlier in the week that only one person on the team (Clausen) knew what it was like to celebrate a conference championship. I will now have to find another motivating phase for next year."
Other top performances by event for Shorewood included the following: 200 medley relay: Devon Brusnahan, Joe Lock, Clausen and Bayana, sixth (1:48.95); 200 individual medley: Brusnahan, fifth (2:13.42); Hammond and Lock (tie), seventh (2:17.65); 50 free: Clausen, sixth (24.27); Bayana, ninth (24.59); 100 butterfly: Henri Carignan, seventh (59.11); Clausen, ninth (59.51); Clokey, 10th (1:00.63); 100 free: Bayana, fourth (53.47); DeSando, fifth (53.6); Stephenson, ninth (55.16); 500 free: Borut, fourth (5:12.86); Clokey, seventh (5:33.22); Litvin, ninth (5:48.34); 100 backstroke: Brusnahan, fifth (59.41); Carignan, sixth (1:00.04); 100 breast stroke: Hammond, sixth (1:08.19); DeSando, ninth (1:09.43); and 400 free relay: Perry, Carignan, DeSando, and Korolev, fourth (3:30.22).
The Greyhounds now turn their attentions to the WIAA sectional meet at Cudahy this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The winner of each event plus all those whose efforts are among the next 12 best efforts among all sectionals statewide, advance to the WIAA State Division 2 State Meet in Madison, Feb. 15.
McCabe is confident.
"I told the team that we should set a team goal of celebrating a second jump in the pool (a team title)," he said. "Individually I think we're in a strong and reasonable position to send eight or nine entries to state as well as three relays. … If were an athlete (on our team) I'd have high confidence in my abilities after our performance at conference."
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