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Hard work pays off for GD/GF swimmers

Panther-Hawks sixth at Metro Invite

Dec. 30, 2012

Greenfield - Despite going through particularly difficult workouts last week, the Greendale/Greenfield boys swimmers still had enough left to finish a strong sixth in the Metro Swim Officials' Invitational on Dec. 27 at Homestead.

The Panther-Hawks tallied 195 points in the 16-team event, which was packed with swimming powers from Wisconsin and Illinois and won by Lake Forest (Ill.), with 384 1/2 .

"Considering how hard the team worked the day before the meet, I am truly amazed at how well most of the swimmers performed," head coach Dale Schrank said. "A number of swimmers had double workouts and still turned in season-best performances."

Ross Rybakowicz won the 200 breast stroke with 2 minutes, 18.09 seconds for the Panther-Hawks' only first place of the day.

Rick Perez, Rybakowicz, Shawn Lucchesi and Adam Fleischhacker captured second in the 200 medley relay (1:41.3).

"We recorded a time in the 200 medley that beat Arrowhead (third at 1:41.43), which is never a small feat," Schrank said.

Perez also took thirds in the 200 backstroke (1:56.34) and the 100 backstroke (53.08 seconds) and Rybakowicz was third in the 100 breast stroke (1:02.55).

The 200 freestyle unit of Rybakowicz, Perez, Lucchesi and Fleischhacker claimed fifth (1:32.07). Andrew Staszak came in sixth in both the 1,000 freestyle (10:36.34) and the 500 freestyle (5:12.03) and Lucchesi was sixth in the 100 freestyle (50.93).

Lucchesi was also seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:16.21).

"Our sprinters did not fare as well," Schrank said. "Adam Fleischhacker, for example, could not get within four seconds of his best efforts in either the 100 or 200 freestyle events (he swam 2:00.25 in the 200 and 54.75 in the 100)."

Still, Schrank said that even though the double workouts may have taken a toll on some swimmers, they will be worth it in the long run.

"Those workouts will pay big dividends at the end of the season," the coach said. "It is very encouraging to me when the team is looking forward to our next workout. That is not the norm for the average high school team."

The Panther-Hawks next compete in the Marquette Invitational at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Schroeder Aquatic Center.

Their next Woodland Conference meet is at 5 p.m. Jan. 9, against Wauwatosa at Wauwatosa West.

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