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Franklin, Oak Creek swimming teams have good day at Rocket Invite

Sabers finish second, Knights claim ninth

Franklin’s Andre Conrad completes a turn as he competes in the 200 IM event of the 50th annual South Milwaukee Rocket Invite swim meet on Saturday.

Franklin’s Andre Conrad completes a turn as he competes in the 200 IM event of the 50th annual South Milwaukee Rocket Invite swim meet on Saturday. Photo By Peter Zuzga

Jan. 14, 2014

Overworked and tired as they were, the Franklin and Oak Creek boys swim teams were still motivated enough to finish second and ninth, respectively, in the southside swim extravaganza that was the South Milwaukee Rocket Invitational last Saturday.

"I was very happy with the outcome of the meet," said Sabers coach Ross Lennertz. "The boys swam very well, especially for how hard they have been working. They got their butts kicked during practice the three days before the meet, but still did awesome."

His Oak Creek counterpart Joe Schoen was just as enthusiastic.

"There were some extremely good teams at this meet with numerous quality swimmers, quite a few that are state bound," he said, "and one would guess by the results placing that we may not have done well, but I will politely disagree.

"Although we did not score many points in comparison to others, our swimmers and divers all had personal bests. All of them. They have come very far from the beginning of the season."

Franklin scored 276 points for its spot in the 13-school meet that was dominated by Muskego with 427. Oak Creek had 112 points.

Sabers diver August Beck turned in the only area first-place finish as he won the 11-dive competition with an impressive mark of 400.7 points. Teammate Andy Schauer was fourth with a 356.75 mark.

Beck later came back to claim third in the 50-yard freestyle (22.79 seconds) as did Michael Fischer in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.22) and the 400 free relay team of D. J. Nowacki, Andy Schuetz, Beck and Fischer (3:33.99).

Fourths went to Nowacki in the 200 free (1:57.14), Luke Gavronski in the 500 free (5:19.5) and the 200 medley relay team of Gavronski, Fischer, Andre Conrad and Beck (1:47.97).

Other top 10 efforts included the following: Diving — Dexter Pierce, eighth (299.2). 200 free — Gavronski, ninth (1:58.93). 200 individual medley — Fischer, ninth (2:16.26). 50 free — Schuetz, eighth (24.57). 100 butterfly — Andre Conrad, seventh (58.82). 100 free — Schuetz, 10th (55.25). 500 free — Nowacki, sixth (5:23.1). 200 free relay — Tony Stuckzynski, Schuetz, Gavronski and Nowacki, seventh (1:40.28).

"They looked tired at the end of their races, but still had great efforts and times throughout the meet.," Lennertz said. "We were missing two swimmers that would have scored a lot of points for us, but we were still able to place second. Awesome meet overall."

For the Knights, Jacob Wnuk led the way with a sixth in the 100 butterfly (58.68), while sevenths were taken by Danny Horner in diving (301.5) and Justin Sporleder in the 200 IM (2:15.88) and 100 backstroke (1:01.05). The 200 medley relay team of Sporleder, Tyler VanderMolen, Wnuk and Beecher Dakkah was also seventh (1:52.79).

The 200 freestyle relay team of Wnuk, Alex Barajas, Dakkah and Sporleder was 10th (1:43.12) as was the 400 free team of Thomas Hollman, Jack Medrow, Brody Khoury and Jerry Ryan (4:05.26).

"I expect that (improvement) to continue to the end of our season which is approaching fast," Schoen said. "We have a very busy month with two meets every week and I look forward to seeing how well they can keep improving."

Sporleder, Wnuk, Ryan, Hollman, Medrow, VanderMolen and diver Spencer Cook were all highlighted for their efforts.

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