New coach leads small swim team

Port squad only has 12 in pool, but seven divers can make a big difference in racking up points
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington High School swim team has a new coach who hopes the team will grow.

Brittany Roecker is the Pirates’ new leader and the new district aquatic director.

She swam at West Bend East and earned a swim scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She has coached club swimming for several years.

“I just have a passion for swimming,” Roecker said, adding she loves seeing youth improve.

“They can hardly make a lap and then at swim meets they’re getting first places,” she said. “It’s just exciting to see them develop in the sport.”

Roecker takes over a team of just 12 swimmers and five divers.

In their opening meet last Thursday against North Shore Conference foe Hartford at home, the Pirates held up well, losing 101.5-80.5.

“For only having 12 boys on the swim team, I thought that was pretty good,” Roecker said.

Diving netted 13 points. Roger Schmidt won with 208.65 points, followed by teammate Garrett Friede with 204.15. Dagan Daniels was third with 130.85. The Orioles didn’t have any divers.

In the swim events, Alex Sharbuno took the Pirates’ only victory. He won the 500-yard freestyle in 5 minutes, 41.39 seconds, 12 seconds ahead of the Oriole in second place.

The Pirates took 10 second places.

Port will host Nicolet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and swim at Cedarburg at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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