Shorewood — Doing battle against large, co-op programs is never easy for the Shorewood boys swim team, but the Greyhounds made the most of it in their own invitational on Saturday, taking third in a tight battle for the top.
"Dang co-ops," joked Shorewood coach Rob McCabe in his results e-mail. "We (were) just outdone by the cities of Brookfield and New Berlin."
That they were, as the Brookfield co-op scored 466 points for the title while the New Berlin co-op was second with 443 and Shorewood third with 429. Nicolet was fifth in the nine-school field with 198.
The Greyhounds came up just short despite firsts from Kasmir Bohannon in the 50 free (22.23 seconds) and 100 backstroke (54.59), and from the 400 free relay team of Jay Tomasiewicz, Isaac Flegel-Mishlove, Derek Lock, and Bohannon (3:23.48).
Earning seconds were Tomasiewicz in the 200 individual medley (2:03.48) and 100 free (50.41), Kirill Korolev in the 500 free (5:08.18) and the 200 free relay team of Tomasiewicz, Bohannon, Flegel-Mishlove, and Andrew Eder (1:30.66).
All told, the Greyhounds earned 16 top six performances.
Other medal-winning efforts included the following: the 200 medley relay with Derek Lock, Henry Sanders, Philip Clausen and Eder earned fourth (1:47.76); the 200 free with Flegel-Mishlove earned fifth (1:53.79); the 200 individual medley with Sanders won sixth (2:12.05); the 50 free with Eder earned fifth (23.18); the 100 free with Flegel-Mishlove got fifth (52.34); the 100 backstroke with Lock earned sixth (59.68) 100 breaststroke-Eder, third (1:06.39); Sanders, fourth (1:06.5). 400 free relay-Korolev, Clausen, Kevin Weisling and Sanders, sixth (3:43.25).
McCabe was pleased with the effort, but notes that things have to get better before the Greyhounds challenge New Berlin again at the Woodland Conference meet on Feb. 5.
"I am quite elated with how we swam today," he said. "We were just outdone by two larger cooperative teams in our area. We had over 60 percent season-best times but just lost out on a few too many races for place advancement. I told the team (that) losing the close races in December and January is one thing but we cannot have that continue in February."
People McCabe cited included Suhith Bayana, Clausen, Lock and Sanders.
"Competing against these larger schools is giving our guys confidence as we approach the Small School State Invite (on Saturday back at Shorewood), conference and (WIAA) sectionals. Many of the guys were able to leave happy with their pockets filled with hardware."
Nicolet coach Dwight Davis was also quite pleased with his team's effort as the Knights came out of the meet with five sets of medal-winning efforts.
They included a fourth from the 200 free relay team of Chris Squire, Matt Bootsma, Grant Wilke and Jamie DeGraff (1:38.53); fifths from Alex Saxton in diving (212.8 points) and Squire in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.87) and sixths from the 200 medley relay team of John Olla, Squire, Wilke and Bootsma (season best 1:53.13) and DeGraff in the 100 free (52.39).
"The guys really swam well for as hard as we've been working," said Davis. "We also had some good efforts in the (200) individual medley. The kids were just solid all the way through."
Among those cited included Charley Abrams in the 500 free and Squire and Jeff Norton in the 200 IM.
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