Greenfield— Heading into the Woodland Conference Swimming and Diving Meet on Saturday afternoon, Greenfield/Greendale boys coach Dale Schrank knew his team was in for a dogfight.
Once again, though, his Panther-Hawks emerged as the top dog.
Greenfield/Greendale, sparked by five first places and four pool records, tallied 440 points to beat the combined New Berlin squad (430) and Shorewood (411). The Panther-Hawks added the title to their earlier triumphs in the Woodland Relays and dual meets.
"This was one of the best conference meets in Woodland history," Schrank said. "All three contenders did an amazing job of getting every possible point from their teams, and going into the last event (the 400 freestyle relay), the meet outcome was still up for grabs."
Shorewood's top 400 freestyle team won in 3 minutes, 18.95 seconds, nipping Greenfield/Greendale's Shaun Fleischhacker, Andrew Staszak, Matt Jungers and Jack Lennertz, who were second with 3:19.99.
The Panther-Hawks' second 400 unit of Shaun Lucchesi, Zach Hogan, Adam Fleischhacker and Devin Patterson finished sixth (3:36.75) to score 26 crucial points, while Shorewood's B team was disqualified.
"Had Shorewood not disqualified its B relay, it would have finished second with 433 points," Schrank said. "Having three really good teams finish so close to each other made for an unbelievable finish to the regular season."
The close finish was expected all along. "We expected to win, but we knew Shorewood and New Berlin would be close behind," Jungers said. "We entered the meet optimistic, but a bit cautious. We knew everything would have to be near-perfect."
Both Jungers and Lennertz were in top form, winning individual events with conference and pool records, Jungers in the 200 individual medley with 1 minute, 57.72 seconds and Lennertz in the 50 freestyle with 21.97 seconds.
Lennertz and Jungers swam with Ross Rybakowicz and Shaun Fleischhacker to win the 200 medley relay in 1:38.97, another conference and pool record. Rounding out the first places were Jungers in the 100 backstroke with 54.08, another pool record, and Lennertz in the 100 butterfly at 51.91.
Greenfield/Greendale had three top-eight places in the 200 IM. Besides Jungers' victory, Rybakowicz was third (2:07.55) and Shaun Fleischhacker sixth (2:12.98).
Rybakowicz claimed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.49), while Staszak was fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:55.12), followed by Lucchesi in sixth (1:55.77). In the 500 freestyle, Staszak was third (5:05.4) and Lucchesi sixth (5:13.81).
Adam Fleischhacker was fifth in the 50 freestyle (23.97), and the 200 freestyle unit of Rybakowicz, Lucchesi, Hogan and Adam Fleischhacker was fifth (1:36.47). Shaun Fleischhacker was sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.4), and the 200 medley group of Staszak, Jeff Jacobs, Tom Miller and Patterson was sixth (1:51.72)
Adam Fleischhacker took fifth in the 100 freestyle (53.77) and Miller was seventh in the 100 butterfly (1:00.79), both personal bests.
"Jack and I are the best swimmers, but this is not a two-man team," Jungers said. "Other people are making key contributions, and without them, we wouldn't be where we are."
In diving, Will Kivlin placed second (328.7 points) and Liam Duffy third (267.55). "They both started out a little shaky," diving coach Cheryl Weber said, "but finished their last rounds well."
Greenfield/Greendale will play host to a WIAA Division 1 sectional on Saturday. "We are confident about the sectional," Lennertz said. "We will go for it there, too."
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