Hawks sweep 2 events, easily beat Hatchets
Chris Caporale, email@example.com
Even without one of its top swimmers, the Shawano Community High School boys swim team managed to earn 99 points in Thursday’s home dual meet.
The Hawks, without Tommy Rankin, defeated Tomahawk 99-71, the same score from when the teams faced each other in December.
“What’s encouraging to me, all of our better guys are getting a little bit faster and a little bit faster,” Shawano head coach Jeff Easter said.
Shawano swept the top three spots in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly, earning a combined 26 points from those two events.
Senior Griffin Rades led the way in the medley sweep with a time of 2 minutes and 21 seconds, followed by senior Nathan Kane (2:26.22) and Connor Angeli (2:29.49).
As for the butterfly sweep, junior James Krueger posted the top time of 1:02.04. Chase Lhotka added a 1:04.72, and Collin Buerman trailed with a 1:09.19, still six seconds ahead of the first Tomahawk swimmer.
“Our team is very good at technique, and we have extremely good specialty events,” Krueger said. “A lot of teams in our conference especially, they just train their guys to do freestyle because that’s what most of the events are in. We have good guys who can do everything.”
Rades helped the Hawks to first-place finishes in the first three varsity events of the night, the 200 medley relay, 200 free and 200 individual medley. He then was the anchor of 400 free relay for his fourth top finish of the night.
Shawano won the 400 free relay by three seconds, and each of the swimmers finished their 100 yards of the race in under one minute. Krueger started the race with a 59.89 split, followed by Peter Fuller with a 59.11 split. Jeffrey Green (55.27) and Rades (53.96) pulled away for the win.
“It’s the first time we’ve done it all season,” Easter said of the sub-60-second splits. “So that was good, but I’ve got some younger guys that are coming on and showing some good promise and giving me times that I like to see.”
The Hawks, who have lost just one dual meet all season, are gearing up for the second half of their season, but Krueger does not want to see complacency setting in with the team.
“Don’t be happy with third,” Krueger said. “Go for second, and then go for first.”
Shawano 99, Tomahawk 71
Shawano Community High School
Top 3 finishers:
200 IM relay: 1, Shawano (Griffin Rades, Nathan Kane, James Krueger, Jeffrey Green), 1:53.32; 3, Shawano (Collin Buerman, Peter Fuller, Chase Lhotka, Tyler Buerman), 2:03.82.
200 free: 1, Rades, 1:58.16.
200 IM: 1, Rades, 2:21.73; 2, Kane, 2:26.22; 3, Connor Angeli, 2:29.49.
50 free: 2, Green, 24.24; 3, T. Buerman, 25.90.
100 fly: 1, Krueger, 1:02.04; 2, Lhotka, 1:04.72; 3, C. Buerman, 1:09.19.
100 free: 1, Green, 56.00; 3, Fuller, 58.82.
500 free: 3, Angeli, 6:18.56.
200 free relay: 1, Shawano (T. Buerman, Lhotka, Fuller, Kane), 1:42.92; 3, Shawano (C. Buerman, Cesar Ramirez, Braxten Surber, Angeli), 1:54.85.
100 back: 2, Krueger, 1:06.34.
100 breast: 1, Kane, 1:11.65.
400 free relay: 1, Shawano (Krueger, Fuller, Green, Rades), 3:48.23.