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Lakeland swimmers come out on top

January 07, 2020 by Brett LaBore

The Lakeland boys’ swim team returned to the pool for the first time in the new year, taking on conference foe Antigo on Thursday, Jan. 2.

“We’re kind of just looking for smart races and again a few different events for some of the guys,” coach Chris Garcia said.

The Thunderbirds defeated the Red Robins 96-41.

“It was good,” Garcia said. “It’s a nice way to ease back in after the break cause the break was tough.”

Right off the bat in the 200-meter medley relay, the team of Joey Jurries, Liam Hogan, Tyler Teichmiller and Brandon Boh won with a time of 2:16.71.

Coming in second, the other Lakeland team of Maverick Metzger, Max Nowak, Avery Tucker and Primo Filizetti finished second with a time of 2:22.31.

Metzger then finished first in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:37.29. 

In the 200-meter IM, Liam Hogan finished first with a time of 2:34.83, followed by Tucker with a time of 2:40.80. 

“Liam Hogan got to swim the 200 IM, which is not his event,” Garcia said. “But it’s nice to do a little variety every once in a while because now we’ll be ending out the season and he’ll be probably focusing on more of his prime races.”

Teichmiller finished first in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 26.58. 

Teichmiller also came in first in the 400-meter freestyle, swimming a time of 4:50.22. Jurries finished second in the swim with a time of 6:19.82.

Nowak finished first in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:10.87. Filizetti came in second with a time of 1:26.60.

In the 100-meter breaststroke, Boh won with a time of 1:27.42. 

The Thunderbirds swept the relays, winning the final two. In the 200-meter freestyle relay, the Thunderbirds’ team of Boh, Filizetti, Nowak and Hogan edged out the Red Robins. Lakeland swam a winning time of 1:58.12, while Antigo swam a time of 2:00.77.

In the 400-meter freestyle relay, the Thunderbirds swam a time of 4:42.22. That team consisted of Tucker, Metzger, Jurries and Teichmiller. 

In addition to his top finishes, Filizetti also finished third in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 33.50. “I was really happy with Primo Filizetti today,” Garcia said. “He had some good races and made some adjustments from the 50 free to the 100 free and finished better.”

Antigo’s Brett Farmer won the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1:02.66. Coming in second was Boh with a time of 1:09.41. Hogan finished third with a time of 1:09.62.

“We know that Brett Farmer is a really good swimmer and it’s nice to try and give him a little competition,” Garcia said. “Liam and Brandon (challenged him) in the fly and he still came out quite a bit head.”

Farmer also won the 100-meter backstroke. In the 100-meter backstroke, Tucker finished second with a time of 1:10.25, Nowak finished third with a time of 1:23.44 and Metzger finished fourth with a time of 1:24.94.

“It was nice for Avery Tucker to get to race (Farmer) in the backstroke to give him a little competition,” Garcia said. “Maverick Metzger and Max Nowak had good races in the backstroke, too.”

Up next, the Thunderbirds swim Thursday, Jan. 9 at Shawano Community High School for a meet starting at 5:30 p.m.

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

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