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Back-to-back wins

December 10, 2019 by Brett LaBore


The Lakeland boys’ swim team built on what they did Tuesday and turned it into another win Thursday.

The Thunderbirds defeated Shawano 106-61 in their second meet of the week.

“(A lot of) times for people in different events and it’s nice to have that early benchmark to see how you’re progressing throughout the season,” explained coach Chris Garcia.

Tyler Teichmiller won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.64. Then he finished second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.66.

Liam Hogan picked up where he left off with a win in the 200-yard IM, swimming a time of 2:11.85. He also swam a time of 51.15 in the 100-yard freestyle, good for first place.

Brandon Boh took first in two events as well. He won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.44 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.15.

This year, both Boh and Teichmiller are the captains of the swim team. Not only are they great swimmers, but they’re excellent leaders on the team.

“To be honest, I couldn’t ask for better captains,” Garcia said. “They compliment each other well, they support everybody, they’re getting everybody as a cohesive unit which is good to see.”

Avery Tucker continued his good start to his freshman season with two wins. First, he swam a winning time of 5:39.66 in the 500-yard freestyle. Then, he won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:21.34.

“We had people swimming events that they don’t normally swim which is a good opportunity to do that,” Garcia said. “Although some really standout swims from some people.”

To round out the individual first place, Max Nowak won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.36. That was a lifetime best by four seconds. Nowak also finished third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.19.

Lakeland took first place in two of three relays of the night. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Boh, Teichmiller, Tucker and Hogan won with a time of 1:36.31.

In the 400-yard freestyle, the Thunderbirds won with a time of 4:13.56. That relay consisted of Joey Jurries, Nowak, Maverick Metzger and Hogan.

The Lakeland ‘B’ team finished second in that relay. Primo Filizetti, Sam Black, Thomas Phillips and Boh finished second with a time of 4:16.84.

“The effort that Liam and Brandon put in on the 400 free relay anchors - that was nice to see,” Garcia said. “Sometimes you tend to let up a little bit but they really put it all out there.”

In the other relay, the 200-yard medley relay, the Thunderbirds’ team of Tucker, Ethan Jeschke, Nowak and Black finished second with a time of 2:06.98.

Phillips finished third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:26.70.

Metzger finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:20.63. He also finished third in the backstroke with a time of 1:16.49.

Jurries finished third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:51.05.

“(That was) really a great swim for him,” Garcia said.

Black finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:25.49.

Up next, the Thunderbirds travel to Medford Thursday, Dec. 12 for another meet. The meet starts at 5:30 p.m.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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