It seemed like just yesterday the girls’ swim season ended. Now it is the boys’ turn to start their brand new season.
The Thunderbirds opened Tuesday evening with a 112-41 victory over Antigo.
“(It was) really good,” coach Chris Garcia said. “We had some personal bests right off the bat.”
Tyler Teichmiller finished where he left off last season with a victory in the 200-yard individual medley. He finished first with a time of 2:12.46. He also won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.43.
Liam Hogan, last season’s Division 2 state runner-up in the 50 freestyle recorded his first win of Tuesday’s meet in that event with a time of 22.50. He also won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:11.34.
Newcomer Avery Tucker won his first race in the 100 butterfly, winning with a time of 1:04.92. In addition to that, he won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.89. Both times were personal bests.
“I thought all the newcomers, freshman swam well,” Garcia said.
Brandon Boh won his first individual race of the season in the 100-yard freestyle. He swam a time of 54.02.
Lakeland swept all three relays. In the 200-yard medley, Tucker, Teichmiller, Boh and Hogan swam a time of 1:48.62.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Tucker, Joey Jurries, Max Nowak and Teichmiller won with a time of 1:48.85.
To end the meet, the Thunderbirds won the 400-yard freestyle with a time of 4:08.09. That one came by the team of Hogan, Maverick Metzger, Thomas Phillips and Boh.
But it wasn’t all perfect. There were also some up and down swims on the night.
“I don’t mind that causes it opens eyes, maybe I need to work a little harder,” Garcia said.
Nowak took second place in the 200 IM with a time of 2:30.42. It was a personal best for him. He also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:18.71.
In the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, Metzger swam to second place times of 26.71 and 1:03.34.
Sam Black finished second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:14.31.
Not only did freshman and newcomers partake in the meet, but there were two swimmers who were swimming for the first time.
Carter Collay and Peter Finucane made their debuts to the delight of coach Garcia.
“I was really proud of their effort,” she said.
The Thunderbirds swam their second meet of the season Thursday against Shawano. Coverage of that will be in the Dec. 10 edition of The Times.
Up next, the Thunderbirds travel to Medford Thursday, Dec. 12. The meet starts at 5:30 p.m.
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