New leader fills in as Grafton swim coach

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Grafton High School doesn’t have a large number of boy swimmers this season, but a fair number have experience from last year’s team that took 11th in the state’s division 2 meet.

Kathy Seitz takes over as coach for Mark Minz, who is taking a year off to spend time with his mother.

This is Seitz’ first head coaching job after being Minz’ assistant for 12 years. She also has been an assistant coach with Nicolet and Whitefish Bay, where she attended high school and swam in many events, eventually specializing in the backstroke.

She likes to work with the youth who aren’t so familiar with the pool.

“I totally love working more with the non-swimmer and teaching them all about competitive swimming,” she said.

Sixteen boys are on this year’s team, including several with state experience.

Senior Nick Starr is back after swimming in four events at state. He was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley, seventh in the 500 freestyle and swam in two relays.

The 200 medley relay took ninth and returns Starr, senior Gaven Depies and senior Trevor Bodart. The 400 freestyle relay team took 10th and returns Starr, Bodart and junior Michael O’Connor.

Depies took 11th in the 100 breaststroke and 12th in the 100 backstroke.

Junior Ben Niswonger is back after taking 12th in diving.

That main corps will lead the Hawks in a couple of different ways.

“They have actually really stepped up. I don’t have an assistant or anything,” Seitz said.

Among the season goals are reclaiming the pirate ship, the traveling trophy between Grafton and Port Washington, especially because Seitz’ son Cody swims for Port.

Seitz would also like to fill all 13 events in the North Shore Conference relay meet, but she said she may come up one short.

The Hawks on Dec. 1 scored 106 points and finished seventh in the 19-team Chuck Walters Memorial Invite at Nicolet. Middleton won with 468.5 points.

Starr finished second in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 3.9 seconds, and third in the 50 breaststroke in 29.13.

The 400 medley relay team was sixth in 3:53.96, and the 500 freestyle team was seventh in 4:24.63.

Niswonger was 10th in diving with 345.05 points.

Depies was 12th in the 50 backstroke in 28.74 and 13th in the 100 individual medley in 1:03.79. O’Connor was 13th in the 200 freestyle in 2:00.07. Bodart was 15th in the 50 butterfly in 26.93 and 16th in the 50 freestyle in 24.58.

“They’ve been finishing pretty much where I expected. They do rather well,” Seitz said.

The Hawks were to host Whitefish Bay on Wednesday and swim in the conference relays at Homestead on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Nicolet tops Port, 111-70

Port’s 400 freestyle relay team of Mavrick Roller, Neil Tumey, Wyatt Roller and Alex Sharbuno was the Pirates’ only victory in a swimming event in 3:54.59 against Nicolet on Dec. 6.

Garrett Friede won diving with 211.4 points, and Roger Schmidt was second with 195.85.

Port got three seconds: Cody Seitz, 100 butterfly, 1:06.91; Sharbuno, 50 freestyle, 25.44; and the 200 medley relay of Tumey, Chase Orvis, Seitz and Sharbuno, 1:58.37.

Port hosts an invite on Saturday before the conference relay meet on Tuesday.

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