Homestead's Goetz qualifies for state swim meet in two events
Rebuilding year ends well
Mequon - Homestead boys swim coach Mark Gwidt is a practical man.
He understands that under normal circumstances, working with the normally very high expectations of Highlanders athletes, that what happened in the WIAA sectional meet Saturday at Nicolet would be considered a disaster.
But working with a rebuilder's mentality, and having Gordon Goetz turn in two spectacular times and earning two state meet berths in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle is something that works just fine this season for Gwidt.
In short, it's nowhere near a disaster.
"It was the best we could do with the hand we were dealt," Gwidt said. "We're just not built to be a state power this year. That being said, Gordon had a great meet. We came very close (to state) with our 200 free relay and 15 of our 18 individual times were bests."
Goetz will take part in WIAA State Division 1 meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium at 3 p.m. Saturday. He is the 16th seed in the 50 free and the ninth seed in the 100 free.
His efforts led the Highlanders to a seventh-place showing in the sectional with 171 points as Arrowhead won the 11-school event with 423.
Goetz earned his spots with a fourth in the 50 free (22.32 seconds) and a similar spot in the 100 free (48.38).
He was also part of the 200 free relay team that included Sylvester Schulties, Sal Silver and Drew Miller, that took fifth in a two-second, season-best of 1:33.38. The state cutoff for the event was 1:33.2. Goetz led off that relay with a personal best 50 free split of 22.2.
"The whole team, I was just very proud of how well they competed," Gwidt said. "How well they came through all season." Goetz and Ben Broghammer were the only seniors competing.
Other top 16 showings for the Highlanders included the following: 200 medley relay: Schulties, Whelan Callahan, Drew Miller and John Happ, seventh (season best 1:49.42); 200 free: Broghammer, 10th (1:56.49); 200 individual medley: Callahan, ninth (2:15.06); 50 free: Schulties, 14th (24.07); 500 free: Miller, 10th (5:24.83); Broghammer, 11th (5:30.84); 100 backstroke: Kyle Slamann, 11th (1:03.36); 100 breast stroke: Callahan, seventh (1:07.16); Andrew Denee, eighth (1:07.17); and 400 free relay: Schulties, Miller, Denee and Goetz, fifth (seven-second season best 3:27.86).
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