Despite a level of performance that would have easily won 3 of the 6 statewide Sectionals, the PG squared “Wildcats” finished 3rd in a field of 13 teams at the very competitive Waukesha South Sectional on Saturday. Waukesha South, last years State Champions, won the meet with a point total of 393, with the squad from Muskego finishing second with 331. The “Wildcats” were close on their heels with a point total of 320.
Head coach Dale Schrank could not have been more pleased with the results of the meet. “It would have been nice to beat cross-town rival Muskego, but I could not have been more pleased with the results on Saturday. Every swimmer who tapered for this meet had seasonal or lifetime best times. The freshmen especially stepped up to the plate. Freshman Vincent Patti dropped 3 seconds in the 100 yard breaststroke, freshman Jack Lustig, had a split in the 200, in his 500 yard freestyle, that was 4 seconds under his best 200 time, and Aaron Shibilski dropped over 6 seconds in the 500 yard freestyle. Normally, underclassmen are a little overwhelmed in this meet, but not this group. That bodes very well for the future.” commented Schrank.
Senior co-captain, Ben Davis, finished second in the 200 yard freestyle and 3rd in the 500 and qualified in both events for the State meet. Not to be outdone, teammate Isaac Jiardini also qualified in 2 events, capturing 2nd in the 200 yard individual medley, and 4th in the 100 yard breaststroke. Rounding out the individual State qualifiers, were seniors Carmelo Patti and Harrison Stasik, qualifying in the 200 yard individual medley, and 100 yard freestyle events respectively.
Every relay also advanced to the State meet, with senior Steve Novinska, junior Jackson Zgola, and freshman Leo Gandaria pooling their talents with Davis, Jiardini, Stasik, and Carmelo Patti to qualify all 3 relays into the scoring heats at the State meet.
“At the State meet, anything can happen. It should truly be a season to remember.” said Schrank