Greendale-Greenfield boys swim team shines at Woodland Conference meet
Panther-Hawks can't catch Shorewood, but still wins eight individual events
The Greendale/Greenfield boys swimming team did just about everything it wanted to do in Saturday's Woodland Conference Meet - except claim the championship.
The Panther-Hawks won eight events and posted lifetime-best times in all 12 races but still came up short to nemesis Shorewood.
Greendale/Greenfield tallied 407 points for second place, while the Greyhounds totaled 440 points. Both teams were well clear of third-place New Berlin with 346 points.
"Shorewood has a well-coached, much deeper team than we do," head coach Dale Schrank said, "and no matter how well we swam, it was very difficult to offset the numbers advantage."
Senior Liam Duffy started the meet well for the Panther-Hawks by winning the diving title with a school-record 399.7 points, breaking the mark of 358.95 points last season by Will Kivlin.
"Liam was very consistent through all 11 dives, and that is what made the difference," diving coach Cheryl Weber said. "We still have some sharpening up to do before the sectional, but it looks very encouraging for some representation at the state meet with a diver for the first time in over 20 years."
In the next event, the 200-yard medley relay, the team of sophomore Rick Perez and juniors Ross Rybakowicz, Joey Hannah and Adam Fleischhacker, won in 1 minute, 40.7 seconds.
In addition, the B team of senior Andrew Staszak, senior Jeff Jacobs, sophomore Andrew Semancek and senior Niko Mendelin came in fifth with 1:48.41, topping Shorewood's A squad.
"Having our B relay outswim Shorewood's A relay was huge toward setting the tone for the rest of the meet," Schrank said.
Perez won the 200 freestyle at 1:46.92 and the 100 backstroke in 52.91 seconds and Rybakowicz the 200 individual medley at 2:00.4 and the 100 breaststroke at 1:02.07.
Also winning were the 200 freestyle relay of Mendelin, Rybakowicz, junior Shawn Lucchesi and Fleischhacker with 1:31.61 and the 400 freestyle group of Perez, Staszak, Lucchesi and Fleischhacker at 3:19.16.
Taking second were Fleischhacker in the 50 freestyle (22.56), Staszak in the 100 butterfly (personal-best 54.88) and the 500 freestyle (personal-best 4:53.91).
Lucchesi took third in the 100 butterfly (57.75) and Jeff Jacobs fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.79). The 200 freestyle B relay team of senior Nathan Matecki, Jacobs, Semancek and senior Austin Lasch was sixth (1:42.1).
Schrank also praised freshman Ricky Davis for his 13th-place effort of 1:07.88 in the 100 backstroke.
Greendale/Greenfield next competes in a WIAA Division 1 sectional meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at home. The winner of each event and the top 18 performers statewide advance to the state meet.
"This (the Woodland) meet sets us up very well for both sectionals and state," Schrank said. "It should be a really fun couple of weeks."
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