It was not in the running for a trophy, but the DeForest-Sun Prairie High School boys’ swim team was competitive Saturday at the Fond du Lac Cardinal Memorial Invite.
“The Fondy Invite is a great invite to go to,” D-SP coach Rob Meyer said. “The meet allows us a few more swims (30) than most other invites. This meet always breeds great competition matter. No the level of the swimmer or team, athletes always seem to end up in evenly competitive heats. This usually makes for best times in many instances and we were able to record 26 new best times.”
The Norskies finished with 102 team points to place ninth.
“We ended up finishing in the middle of the pack, which is a good showing for where we are at right now,” Meyer said. “We had a couple events where we lost potential points to move us up a spot, but overall the meet was a success. We learned a lot about where our swimmers are at right now and how we should go about setting up our conference line-up which is only three weeks away.”
Berlin claimed the title with 354 points, followed by Racine Case (306), Hartford (300), Wausau East (289), Waunakee (243), Watertown (215), Milwaukee Riverside (155), Waukesha North (155), D-SP, Fond du Lac (57), Rhinelander (48), Waukesha West (43), Platteville (28) and Madison LaFollette (nine).
As he has most of the season, Chris Hovel led DeForest-Sun Prairie. He was the only Norski to place in the top 10 in two events.
Hovel was third in the 100-yard freestyle (51.32 seconds) and fourth in the 50 freestyle (:23.13).
“Chris Hovel swam around his best times of the season,” Meyer said.
Hovel also helped the Norskies to their best relay finish. He teamed up with Cody Ripp, Travis Cardarella and Brandon Oosterhof to take third place (3:33.50) in the 400 freestyle relay.
“Our best event of the day was our 400 freestyle relay,” Meyer said. “Some of the swimmers in that relay had something to prove after a few mistakes or disappointing swims earlier in the meet. It was an incredibly exciting race for our team to watch. Our team needed a race like that to energize us for the final leg of the season. We are capable of some great things yet this season.”
Also in the 400 freestyle relay, the Norski foursome of Kyle Eisler, Wesley Roggenbauer, Alex Baker and David Hertel placed 19th (4:03.19).
Tom Plagge had a nice meet for D-SP. He was eighth in the 500 freestyle (5:24.53) and 17th in the 200 freestyle (2:04.48).
“Tom Plagge continues to impress,” Meyer said. “He took more time off his 500 freestyle and was able to back up his best 200 freestyle time. He is the definition of a hard worker in the pool. He never questions anything and goes for every goal set in practice.”
Cardarella helped the cause by placing 14th in the 200 individual medley (2:24.90) and 17th in the 100 backstroke (1:05.99).
Oosterhof worked his way to 12th place in the 50 freestyle (:24.43), while Ripp placed 13th in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.35).
Also scoring top 25 finishes for DeForest-Sun Prairie were Dalton Tainter-Paar (23rd, 200 freestyle, 2:11.23) and Kyle Eisler (24th, 200 freestyle, 2:12.90).
“Kyle has put together everything we have been working on mechanically and technically in practice,” Meyer said. “He showed that swimming has a mental element. He focused on being technically sound and came in with a best time.”
The Norskies went on to place 16th (2:01.05; Konrad Plomedahl, Plagge, Joey Infusino-Braun, Tainter-Paar) and 25th (2:11.68; Logan Eith, Alex Baker, Mitchell Rufer, Andy Hunter) in the 200 medley relay, and 10th (1:44.08; Hertel, Plagge, Eisler, Tainter-Paar) and 21st (1:49.05; Hunter, Adam Bohling, Roggenbauer, Infusino-Braun) in the 200 freestyle relay.
This Tuesday at 6 p.m., DeForest-Sun Prairie will close out its home schedule against No. 1 ranked McFarland.