Boys swimming has continued its season of winnings, thus far being undefeated in dual meets and having high rankings at invites.
At the Metro Meet, hosted by Homestead on December 29, the boys placed second against both Division I and Division II schools. The runner-up finish was to Arrowhead, a much larger team and school.
According to Zach Hammond, senior, the team was especially pleased with this. “Second behind Arrowhead; … we were really happy about that,” Hammond said. Evan Szablewski, freshman, agreed.
“We did [well] against Arrowhead … We did our best; they just had more guys than us,” Szablewski said. According to Michael Perry, senior, the finish was a little unprecedented.
“Metro is not usually a meet we get excited for, but we were really happy about how we finished … Our team hasn’t gotten such a high place in my high school career,” Perry said.
Though the team did not win any individual events, they won all three relays, which accounted for a large number of their points.
Hammond also noted that relays were key in the team’s performance. “We were going pretty fast on the relays … They were big,” Hammond said.
Noteworthy swims included Henri Carignan’s, senior, fourth place finish in the 200 backstroke and Lucas Barry’s, junior, fifth and third place showings in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Perry and Hammond both took a second place title, Perry in the 400 IM and Hammond in the 200 breaststroke. Tommy Chamberlain, senior, also had a pair of top eight finishes for the Greyhounds. “We scored better than last year by 176 points,” Hammond said.
Over winter break, the boys team could still be seen trekking to and from the pool during their Christmas training. After tackling a few doubles and a 10,000-yard practice, Perry said the workout schedule helped the team.
“It was definitely a kind of training people on our team had never seen before … It will help our team mentally going forward,” Perry said.
Looking ahead, the team has more dual meets and invites that will ultimately lead to conference, sectionals and state. “Sectionals, state … we are seeded top there; we might be able to win,” Szablewski said.
Saturday, January 2, the boys traveled to Cedarburg for an invite, once again facing off against Division I schools, and bringing home third place.
Perry said he knows the team could do better. “Getting third at the meet was definitely a disappointment. We’re going to use that as motivation,” Perry said.
“The guys on our team hate losing and don’t want to let it happen again.”
By Maya Schneider