Tired area swim teams compete well at State Small Schools meet
Shorewood set to defend Woodland title
The swimmers are tired right now.
God-awful tired from tons and tons of hard training, these boys are desperately awaiting their much-needed and wanted tapers so they go fast, at least once.
But that ache and soreness was temporarily set aside, as the swimmers from Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and Brown Deer/University School had a little fun and got a bit of a preview for state at the annual State Small Schools meet in Plymouth on Saturday.
For Shorewood coach Rob McCabe, it was a chance to see where his team stood with other state Division 2 powers.
"The invite brought the top four teams in the state all together for meet," McCabe said. "Clearly, this is the kind of competition we need right now in the peak of our season. With how tired the boys are right now we had some really good races and finishes.
"The podium 'blocks' were full of swimmers from (Madison) Edgewood, McFarland, Monona Grove and us."
The Greyhounds finished third in the 17-school meet with 282 points as Edgewood won with 340, McFarland was second with 319 and Monona Grove fourth with 281.
Meanwhile, a rebuilding Bay team took a sound fifth with 171 as Brown Deer/USM was 13th with 51.
Bay coach Jim Davis was very pleased with the effort.
"We had a lot of good races though obviously our times were not there," he said. "We go into this meet and look at the competition. We were actually expecting to finish in the top eight so to finish fifth was OK....We were competitive all the way."
Shorewood tries to defend its title and Brown Deer/USM is trying to finish well in the Woodland Conference meet at Greenfield on Saturday. Diving is at 10 a.m. and swimming at 1:30 p.m.
"We will likely have a large target on our back as Greenfield/Greendale and New Berlin are coming after us," McCabe said. "We will be ready and are looking forward to the meet and its uber challenges."
Meanwhile, Bay will try to be as competitive as it can in the North Shore Conference meet at Cedarburg. Diving, with Blue Dukes two-time state D2 champ Joe Kaszubowski in the lead, is at 5 p.m. Thursday while the swimming is held at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Davis said a top four, maybe a top three finish would be great for the team as Cedarburg is a heavy favorite.
Kirill Korolev won the 100-yard freestyle to lead Shorewood at the Small Schools meet with a clocking of 49.04 seconds. He was also second in the 200 free (1:49.41).
Michael Perry also took a second in the 100 butterfly (54.61) as did Alex Borut in the 500 free (5:11.24) and the 200 free relay team of Suhith Bayana, Joe Stephenson, Perry and Korolev (1:31.92).
The Greyhounds' two other relays took competitive fourths against their powerful competition as the 200 medley team of Devon Brusnahan, Joe Lock, Henri Carignan and Bayana was clocked in 1:47.03 and the 400 free relay crew of Carignan, Perry, Borut and Korolev was clocked in 3:23.8.
Other top efforts by event for Shorewood included the following: 200 free: Borut, ninth (1:57.0); 50 free: Bayana, sixth (23.75); 100 butterfly: Carignan, fifth (58.05); 100 free: Bayana, eighth (53.32); 100 backstroke: Brusnahan, seventh (59.72); and 100 breaststroke: Lock, sixth (1:07.64); Zach Hammond, eighth (1:07.83).
McCabe praised the efforts of Korolev, Perry, Borut, Carignan, Bayana, Lock, Stephenson and Hammond.
For Bay, Kaszubowski dominated diving with a first place effort of 511.25 points. Davis said he would have had the pool record if not for one dive where he had scores in the 6s.
Noah Oldson had a big meet earning thirds in the 200 individual medley (2:06.44) and the 100 backstroke (57.31) while Sam Raber also claimed a third in the 500 free (5:14.47).
"Noah had a very good day," Davis said.
Other individual efforts of note included the following: 200 medley relay: Oldson, McMahon, Curt Walther and Raber, eighth (1:51.09); 200 free: Raber, seventh (1:56.24); 100 butterfly: Walther, 10th (59.92); 500 free: Walther, sixth (5:21.4); and 400 free relay: Walther, Joey McMahon, Raber and Oldson, fifth (3:34.34).
"We felt good about the day as a whole," Davis said. "We showed a lot of confidence and raced hard."
For Brown Deer/USM, top finishes for the small, rebuilding team included the following: 200 individual medley: Josh Thompson, 15th (2:16.54); 100 butterfly: Thompson, seventh (59.1); 100 free: Horst Burmeister, 12th (54.87); and 400 free relay: Thompson, Jacob Wine, Ben Zaydman and Burmeister, ninth (3:45.37).
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