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By Kaylie Noll, Swimming World College Intern
Division One of the 2016 Wisconsin Boys State Swimming and Diving Championships competed today in Madison, Wisconsin, showcasing many time drops and fierce races.
The boys in the one meter diving competition started off the day in the morning, going through preliminaries, semi-finals, and finals before sophomore Brandon Spencer from Kenosha Tremper emerged as the victor with a score of 501.90. Dakota Skenandore of West Bend East/West placed second with 490.55 points while Matt Munns from Madison West took third with a score of 475.10.
The swimming events began in the afternoon with the 200 yard medley relay. The team of Justin Temprano (23.43), Rory Sanchez (26.60), Ben Gebhart (22.72), and Riley Patton (21.14) from Madison Memorial dominated the event, touching first with a time of 1:33.89. Franklin’s Justin Craig (25.03), Michael Fischer (26.35), Will Lennertz (23.78), and James Kostrzewa (21.23) took second with a time of 1:36.39, while Brookfield Central/East’s Tomer Korabelnikov (25.48), Ben Attenberger (26.69), Connor Rumpit (23.42), and Ryan Linnihan (21.58) came from the outside to swim a combined time of 1:37.17.
In the 200 yard freestyle, junior Paul DeLakis from Eau Claire Memorial/North crushed the competition by almost five seconds along with the state record by just under two seconds, winning with a time of 1:36.10. Danny Larson of Wauwatosa West/East also had a good swim, dropping almost three seconds to grab second place in 1:40.87. Garner Kohrell, representing Appleton North/Appleton East took bronze home with his time of 1:40.99.
The 200 yard individual medley was won by freshman Shane Blinkman from Hudson, breaking the 1:50 mark with his time of 1:49.86. Madison Memorial’s Temprano was back for more hardware in the IM, taking second place with a time of 1:52.06, while Jackson Madonia from Waunakee raced to third in a time of 1:54.20.
For the 50 yard freestyle, Calvin Hulse from Holmen/Aquinas/Onalaska claimed first, out-touching the pack with a time of 21.06. Madison West’ Aidan Meara placed second with a time of 21.20, while Luke Hetue from Sun Prairie beat out Lain Weaver of Madison West by one tenth with a third-place time of 21.47. However, as a sophomore, Weaver will be the only returning member of the top six 50 freestylers next year.
After a break, the meet resumed with the 100 yard butterfly, won by Kenosha Bradford/Reuther swimmer Ivar Iverson with a time of 48.66. Weaver of Madison West earned his silver this time around, finishing in 49.02, while Kohrell from Appleton North/Appleton East rounded out the top three.
The 100 yard freestyle followed with a win by Wauwatosa West/East’s Larson, touching the wall at 46.00. Madison West’s Meara took home another second with a time of 46.36, while Elliot Patterson from Madison Memorial was right behind, finishing in 46.46.
The distance race of the day was won by Brookfield Central/East’s Rumpit, dropping ten seconds to swim a finishing time of 4:34.26. Behind him, also dropping time, were Michael Draves of Middleton and Drew Borland of Muskego, each lowering their times to 4:36.11 and 4:39.93, respectively.
The 200 yard freestyle relay was taken once again by Madison Memorial, but this time only by a fingernail. Drake Horton (22.04), Patton (21.81), Patterson (21.67), and Sanchez (21.11) teamed up to swim a time of 1:26.63. Eau Claire Memorial/North moved up into second place with a time of 1:26.79, thanks to Sam Chumas (22.69), Ben Redman (21.44), Nathan Sims (22.56), and DeLakis. Madison West’s Weaver (21.75), Wes Jekel (22.09), Roy Weng (22.24), and Meara were right behind, coming in third with a time of 1:26.89.
For the 100 yard backstroke, Madison Memorial’s Temprano stole the show, victorious with a time of 49.49. Hudson’s Blinkman took second with a two second drop to 50.44, while sophomore Alex Wowk from Madison Memorial swam a time of 52.05 to claim bronze.
The last individual event of the meet, the 100 yard breaststroke, Eau Claire Memorial/North’s DeLakis grabbed another gold, swimming to an impressive 54.81. Iverson from Kenosha Bradford/Reuther held onto silver, touching the wall at 55.57, while Maxwell Boehnlein of Neenah finished third in 57.94.
The final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay, went to the strong team of Madison Memorial again. Horton (47.80), Wowk (47.17), Temprano (46.81), and Patterson (46.05) claimed victory with a time of 3:07.83. Eau Claire Memorial/North were the dark horses, with Redman (48.15), Andrew Vierbicher (48.84), Chumas (48.42), and DeLakis (43.43) teaming up to swim 3:08.84. Madison West’s squad of Weaver (47.68), Tyler Sato (48.68), Weng (48.04), and Meara (46.43) finished third in 3:10.83.
Going home with a team win this evening was Madison Memorial, claiming its sixth consecutive team championship and 16th title overall, compiling 314 points. Madison West earned runner-up for the fourth year in a row with 202 points, while Brookfield Central/East came in third with a total score of 174.