Young Grafton boysâ€™ team caps season with four top-10 finishes at state swim meet
For a team in rebuilding mode, the Grafton boysâ€™ swimming and diving squad handled itself quite well at the biggest meet of the season last Friday.
With all four of their qualifiers turning in top-10 performances at the WIAA Division 2 state finals in Madison, the Black Hawks scored 48 points, good for 17th place in a 34-team field.
Sophomore Bailey Bodart led the way with a second-place effort in the 50-yard freestyle (21.87 seconds), and freshman Jack Senczyszyn was seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.16).
Graftonâ€™s other scoring came from its two senior divers. Killian Mielotz placed seventh with 313.65 points, and Zach Greenwood was 10th with 237.45.
â€śWe did all right. I was pleased with that kind of finish after we lost so much talent from last year to graduation,â€ť Grafton coach Mark Minz said.
â€śIt was a really nice way to end the season.â€ť
Last season, the Hawksâ€™ senior-heavy team had 10 individual finishes and three relays qualify for the state level, where they placed sixth with 156 points. A repeat effort was not in the cards, but Grafton still cashed in with a
blend of young and veteran talent.
One year after swimming on a state-qualifying medley relay, Bodart showed his sprinting skill by trailing only Madison Edgewoodâ€™s Zack Parkin (20.92) out of 16 entrants in the 50 freestyle.
â€śBailey had a solid second. He would have liked a faster time, but he still held it under 22 (seconds),â€ť Minz said.
Senczyszyn capped his inaugural high school season with a personal-best time in his specialty.
â€śHe started out this season at 1:09 and just kept lowering it,â€ť Minz said.
Greenwood and Mielotz were again familiar faces at the state pool, making their fourth and third appearances in the Division 2 finals, respectively. Greenwood fell short of his fourth-place showing in last seasonâ€™s meet, but
Mielotz bettered his 11th-place finish as a junior.
â€śAnytime you can have two guys in the top 10 at a state meet, itâ€™s hard to complain,â€ť Minz said. â€śThey scored 29 points before the swimming even started, which gave us a big boost.â€ť
Whitefish Bayâ€™s Joe Kaszubowski had no trouble successfully defending his state crown by dominating a 16-diver field with 551.95 points.
Edgewood won the team title with 294 points, well ahead of runner-up McFarlandâ€™s 242. Monona Grove, last seasonâ€™s champion, was third with 224 points.
Minz said the Hawks will miss longtime mainstays Greenwood and Mielotz, but heâ€™s looking forward to having most, if not all, of his swimmers back next season.
â€śIt bodes well for the program to have that many kids returning,â€ť he said.
â€śI certainly believe we can do even better next year.â€ť