It may be cold outside, but the Lakeland boys’ swim team was nice and warm when they took on the Medford Raiders.
The Thunderbirds defeated the Raiders 102-60 on Thursday, Jan. 16.
“It’s good that we got to get a meet in even though everybody’s kind of down and out,” coach Chris Garcia said.
To start off, the Thunderbirds took first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay. The ‘A’ team consisted of Sam Black, Brandon Boh, Avery Tucker and Tyler Teichmiller, winning with a time of 1:58.32.
The ‘B’ team took second with a time of 2:19.60 and consisted of Thomas Phillips, Maverick Metzger, Liam Hogan and Carter Collay.
Next up, Black won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:29.60.
“That was a really excellent race from Sam Black, a lifetime best. He’s worked very hard in practice this week,” Garcia said. “I wasn’t expecting that good of a time, so I was really happy for him to come away with a win, that was nice.”
Hogan and Metzger went one-two in the 200-yard IM. Hogan swam a time of 2:13.81 and Metzger a 2:42.65.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Boh came out on top with a time of 23.91. Tucker finished second, swimming a time of 25.39.
Teichmiller won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:08.92.
“Most of our team is struggling right now with (sickness),” Garcia said. “They know they have a job to do. They come in, they do their best every single meet. I never have to ask twice for them to put in 100% effort so all good.”
In the 100-yard freestyle, Tucker swam a winning time of 56.76, the only swimmer under a minute. Phillips came in second with a time of 1:03.04.
Boh swam the shortest and longest swims of the day. He won both. In the 500-yard freestyle, he won with a time of 5:40.11. Metzger swam it in 6:39.37, good for second place.
“I really just wanted to see what (Brandon) could do. He didn’t swim it yet this year. I don’t think I even let him swim it last year,” Garcia said.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Lakeland teams finished first and second again with very close times.
Boh, Teichmiller, Primo Filizetti and Metzger came in first with a time of 1:44.72. Hogan, Tucker, Joey Jurries and Phillips came in second with a 1:45.21 time.
Teichmiller finished first in his second event of the night. This time it was the 100-yard backstroke, a time of 1:07.28. Jurries came in third with a time of 1:24.52.
Hogan won his second event of the night as well. He won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.45.
“Liam puts a lot of work in. He’s a five morning a week guy, five nights a week,” Garcia said. “Just his 6’4 frame is a benefit to him right off the block and off the turns. He really enjoys competition, so that helps.”
Finishing the night, the team of Phillips, Jurries, Filizetti and Black finished second with a time of 4:33.68.
“I thought everybody did the best that they could do under the circumstances,” Garcia said.
Up next, the Thunderbirds are back at the Lakeland pool to compete against conference foe Tomahawk on Thursday, Jan. 23. The meet starts at 5:30 p.m.
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