The Lakeland boys’ swim team had a couple of different meets over the span of a couple days, finding success in many areas.
First they defeated Medford 108-54 on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Then, the Thunderbirds participated in the Hodag Relays on Saturday morning. They finished fourth with 76 points.
“I think our guys didn’t go as hard as I would have liked them to have gone, although we had a pretty tough week of practice,” coach Chris Garcia said of the meet in Medford.
Avery Tucker proved to be one of Lakeland’s best once again. He won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:24.34. Later in the meet he won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.48.
“Avery Tucker had a pretty good meet,” Garcia said.
Another swimmer who won several swims was Liam Hogan. In the 200-yard freestyle, he won with a time of 1:57.94. Towards the end of the meet, he also won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:14.89.
Trying his hand in the 50-yard freestyle, Tyler Teichmiller took the victory with a time of 24.88. Then he finished second in the 100-yard backstroke, swimming a time of 1:06.36.
In addition to those three, Brandon Boh took home two individual wins. First he won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.41. Then he won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.89.
The Thunderbirds also swept the relays. The first came in the 200-yard medley where Maverick Metzger, Boh, Teichmiller and Joey Jurries won with a time of 2:04.59.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Hogan, Metzger, Carter Collay and Tucker won with a time of 1:56.78. And to wrap up the night, Jurries, Max Nowak, Thomas Phillips and Tucker won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:19.47.
Nowak finished second in two events. He finished second in the 200 free with a time of 2:16.08 and then finished second in the 100 free with a time of 1:01.43.
Metzger had a second place finish as well. He finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:47.64.
Sam Black had one of the faster times in the 50-yard freestyle. He finished second with a time of 27.90.
Coming in second place in the 200 medley relay, Black, Ethan Jeschke, Hogan and Phillips swam a time of 2:06.75, just two seconds behind the Lakeland ‘A’ team.
In addition to the first and second places, there were a couple of other noteworthy performances.
“Ethan Jeschke finished his first 500 of the year which was good,” Garcia said. “I thought Maverick Metzger had a pretty good breaststroke.”
The highlight of the day in Rhinelander came in the 3x50 mixer relay. Teichmiller, Hogan and Boh won the race by .02 seconds over Rhinelander. Lakeland swam a time of 1:17.87 while Rhinelander swam a time of 1:17.89.
“You’ve got your marquee three,” assistant coach John Teichmiller said. “Liam and Tyler both swam fantastic splits on that. Brandon Boh held off in the butterfly.”
The Thunderbirds also ended the meet on a positive note, winning the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:33.64. That relay consisted of Boh, Teichmiller, Tucker and Hogan.
“Those guys can swim that 400 free. They’re good and they’re fast,” assistant coach Teichmiller said. “I think they’re going to be tough to beat in that conference.”
Coming in second place in the 400-yard medley relay was Hogan, Boh, Tucker and Teichmiller. They swam a time of 4:05.63.
“The grit, determination that those boys have to put their best effort out no matter what,” assistant coach Teichmiller said.
Their next meet comes tonight at Tomahawk starting at 5:30 p.m. Coverage of that swim will be in the Dec. 20 edition of The Times
Then, the Thunderbirds host Rhinelander on Thursday, Dec. 19 starting at 5:30 p.m.
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