Bay fourth, Nicolet sixth in Knights' sprint swim invite
Boys' teams get season under way
In Nicolet boys swim coach Dwight Davis' mind, things always go better at his big, sometimes different and always highly inclusive sprint invitational that he runs every season.
There are eight-man and 10-man relays and 50-yard races and nothing over 200-yards.
In short, it's meant to be fun, and he's been putting it together for years in both the girls and boys seasons. The boys' edition came off relatively without a hitch Saturday, as Whitefish Bay was fourth and Nicolet sixth in the annual event.
And there was Davis, talking about how he could have done this right or that right even though the meet got done by a nippy 4:30 p.m.
"It was still a long day," he said, "and there was one thing that got really screwed up, and I could have taken care of it if I had looked at the heat sheets more carefully. Still, it was a good meet, and it was a lot tougher field than in the past."
The finish for the Knights was part of a great week, where they beat area power Homestead for the first time in many years in a North Shore dual on Nov. 29. Both Bay and Nicolet will be in the North Shore Conference Relays at Grafton.
Davis is a little thinner in terms of experience this season, but he likes what he sees in terms of effort and attitude.
Leaders include junior divers Kyle and Evan Siverhus (Evan was 16th at state last season), junior Jamie DeGraf (100 and 200 freestyles and backstroke), freshman Mike Mills (distance free and individual medley), seniors Grant Wilkie (sprints), Matt Bootsma (individual medley and breaststroke), and Roman Hoffman (backstroke and individual medley) and junior all-around performer Danny Lerner.
The Knights were short-handed for a variety of reasons at the sprint invite, but still scored 143 points, Evan Siverhus was second in diving (306.45 points) and his brother, Kyle, third (303.95).
Other efforts of note included DeGraf sixth in the 100 free (52.21) and 12th in the 50 backstroke (29.74), and Bootsma sixth in the 50 breaststroke (31.53).
"The guys were solid all the way through it," Davis said. "We were missing some people but we did well for where we were at."
Nicolet beat Homestead by a 96-89 count in the dual on Nov. 29.
Bay looks to replace grads
Bay scored 181 points for its position in the 14-team meet that Middleton won with 438.
The Blue Dukes graduated state place-winners Bobby Rinka (diving) and D.J. Friesch (breaststroke and individual medley) from a team that took ninth in the WIAA State Division 2 meet last February.
They return state meet veterans seniors Henry Bourgeois and James Colton, and junior Henry Smith.
All three were on 200 medley and 400 free relay teams that took seventh in the state meet last season.
Overall, veteran coach Jim Davis has about 30 swimmers out this winter, including 12 sophomores. A note of concern is only four freshmen.
But one of those freshmen, diver Joe Kaszubowski, won diving at the sprint invite by more than 80 points with a score of 388.45 while Smith took second in the 200 IM (2:08.81).
Other good efforts for the Blue Dukes included a fourth by the eight-man 400 medley relay team, a sixth from Smith in the 200 free (1:54.58), a sixth by junior Ethan Nikolau in the 50 free (23.7), and an eighth by Colton in the 50 butterfly (26.45).
Bourgeois was 10th in the 100 free (52.89) and Nikolau 11th (53.2), while freshman Noah Oldson was fifth in the 50 backstroke (28.17) and Colton was sixth in the same race (28.39).
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