Grafton tops Port in the pool

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Eight event victories helped the Grafton High School boys’ swim and dive team win its home opener over Port Washington, 108-70, on Dec. 7.

Gabriel Salko and Andrew Slagter each won two individual events to lead the Black Hawks. Slagter was part of two winning relays and Salko was on one.

Slagter won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 30.32 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 1:14.48.

Salko won the 200 freestyle in 2:14.18 and the 500 in 5:55.72.

The Hawks’ 200 medley relay of Lance Greicar, Slagter, Luca Nicoli and Todd O’Connor won in 2:01.01.

The 400 freestyle relay of O’Connor, Slagter, Salko and Greicar won in 4:00.38.

Second-year coach Bailey Bodart said it was good to win in front of a crowd after the pandemic limited last season’s attendance.

“It’s always fun to have a win of course and it made it better being that it was our home opener for this season. I love being able to see all the parents and fans in the stands this year as compared to last year,” he said.

Other Grafton winners were Chase Mueller in the 50 freestyle in 27.36; and O’Connor in the 100 freestyle in 52.19.

For Port, Jack Sickles won the 100 butterfly in 1:01.6 and the 100 backstroke in 1:04.65. Port’s 200 freestyle relay of Finn Ritter, Tim Zeien, Elliot Hadacek and Sickles won in 1:48.23.

Pirate diver Conner Cowen scored 133.4 points to beat Grafton’s Tristan Sohr, who had 111.9.

Besides Sohr, Grafton had six seconds: Greicar, 200 individual medley, 2:38.56, and the 100 backstroke, 1:12.83; Luca, 50 freestyle, 28.17; Dawson Memmel, 100 butterfly, 1:14.25; the 200 medley relay of Charles Rose, Braden Meyer, Ian Mitchell and Memmel, 2:13.41; and the 200 freestyle relay of Memmel, Mueller, Luca and Tyler Swenson, 1:51.69.

Port had five seconds: Ben Falkenberg, 200 freestyle, 2:14.82; and the 500 freestyle, 6:21.87; Ritter, 100 breaststroke, 1:22.87; and the 400 freestyle relay of Zeien, Ritter, Hadacek and Sickles, 4:36.68.

At the North Shore Conference Relays in West Bend on Dec. 14, Grafton took sixth with 47 points and Port was last with 28. Homestead won the eight-team meet with 98 points, followed by Whitefish Bay’s 72.

The Hawks had two thirds: 800-meter freestyle of O’Connor, Salko, Greicar and Mueller, 10:01.21; and the 300 breaststroke of Memmel, Meyer, Sohr and Slagter, 4:25.14.

Three relays took fourth: 200 freestyle of O’Connor, Salko, Slagter and Greicar, 1:56.32; 300 backstroke of Mitchell, Miles Jaeger, Swenson and Austin Belfor-Eichhorn, 4:28.17; and the 400 freestyle of O’Connor, Slagter, Salko and Mueller, 4:25.9.

“With the addition of our skilled freshman class on top of our returners, we were able to be competitive with the other teams for a good amount of the events. I think this goes to show we have a stronger depth this year than we did last year,” Bodart said.

Port had one third, the 300 backstroke of Sickles, Zeien, Falkenberg and Hadacek of 4:00.16.

Diver Cory Riel was fourth with 127.65 points.

Port was to swim against Cedarburg on Tuesday and at Nicolet on Jan. 6.

Grafton was to swim at Whitefish Bay on Tuesday and host the West Bend Co-op on Jan. 6.

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