Greenfield/Greendale boys swim team wins seven conference events
Whitnall's Bell claims diving title
Although the Greenfield/Greendale boys swimming team spent plenty of time at the top of the podium in the Woodland Conference Meet on Saturday, the Panther-Hawks fell short of the team crown.
Greenfield/Greendale won seven of 12 events to finish third with 375 points, trailing Shorewood with 469 points and Wauwatosa with 383 points.
Head coach Dale Schrank was pleased with his team's effort, especially in coming within eight points of a talented Tosa team for second place.
"We came within 0.04 seconds of winning six individual events and within slightly over one second of sweeping all three relay events," Schrank said. "Every swimmer tapered for the conference meet walked away from it with lifetime-best efforts."
Whitnall had one first place, from diver Nick Bell, and placed sixth with 203 points.
Perez, Rybakowicz win two
For Greenfield/Greendale, Rick Perez and Ross Rybakowicz each won a pair of events.
Perez claimed the 100-yard butterfly with 53.11 seconds and the 100 backstroke in a conference and pool record 51.76 seconds, while Rybakowicz snared the 200 individual medley at a pool and conference record 1:55.94 and the 100 breaststroke in 59.92 seconds.
Shawn Lucchesi won the 200 freestyle at 1:46.24 to round out the individual firsts.
Also winning were the 200 freestyle relay team of Perez, Lucchesi, Adam Fleischhacker and Andrew Semancik in a conference-record 1:30.09 and the 400 freestyle squad of Perez, Rybakowicz, Lucchesi and Fleischhacker in a conference and pool record 3:15.16.
For Whitnall, Bell claimed the diving crown with a personal-best 428.6 points.
"Nick was on his dives and had solid scores on each of them," head coach George Guddie said. "He is now headed to the sectional after a very strong performance."
Lucchesi finished second in the 100 freestyle at 48.46, but Schrank said that finish was partially decided by the referees.
"A poor touch on the last stroke created a split decision from the referees, and the backup times gave the race to the Tosa swimmer," the coach said.
The 200 medley team of Rick Davis, Rybakowicz, Joe Hannah and Semancik also came in second with 1:42.96.
Jake Hodel came in second for Whitnall in the 100 breaststroke at 1:03.85 and Fleischhacker took fourth for the Panther-Hawks in the 50 freestyle (23.18).
Whitnall relay shines
Coming in fifth were Hodel of Whitnall in the 100 freestyle (51.23), Davis of Greenfield/Greendale in the 500 freestyle (5:14.33) and the 200 medley relay unit of Michael Beckman, Hodel, Jack Larson and Ben Bell (1:47.22).
"They (the 200 medley swimmers) looked really good and have been swimming this relay all season together," Guddie said. "Their relay exchanges were perfect."
Taking sixth for the Falcons were Larson in the 100 butterfly (58.91) and the 400 freestyle group of Ben Bell, Beckman, Larson and Hodel (3:39.32).
"We were nine points out of fifth place at the end of the meet," Guddie said. "At the 100 breaststroke, we were one point behind South Milwaukee, and in the 400 free relay (the final event), we out-touched the Rockets by 0.2 seconds.
"They (the Rockets) had two relays in that event, and their second scoring relay edged us out in the final point total."
Finishing seventh for Greenfield/Greendale were Fleischhacker in the 100 freestyle (52.42) and the 200 freestyle relay unit of Brian Lee, Tristan Gibbs, Hannah and Davis (1:41.17).
Sophomore Mitch Gueller had what Schrank called "the swim of the meet" when he placed seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.63).
For Whitnall, Beckman captured seventh in the 200 IM (2:19) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.65).
Taking eighth for the Panther-Hawks were Davis in the 200 freestyle (1:56.93) and Hannah in the 100 butterfly (1:00.71).
Sectionals on Saturday
Both teams compete in WIAA sectionals on Feb. 15, with Greenfield/Greendale at home at 1 p.m. and Whitnall at Cudahy at 12:30 p.m.
"Right now, we are looking great as we head to the sectional," Guddie said. "The team is excited and looking forward to take the next step."
Schrank said, "This (Woodland) meet is a great stepping stone for the sectional and state meets. There should be a lot of Panther-Hawk excitement over the next two weeks."
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