Small Port Washington swim team takes to the water

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

 

Port Washington has a small and young boys’ swim and dive team this year whose 13 underclassmen will be focusing on improvement and supporting each other as Pirates, coach Brittany Roecker said.

Junior Jack Sickles will lead the team as one of its captains.

“He has continued to swim and has been practicing hard in the offseason,” Roecker said.

“The other boys on the team kept in shape participating in other sports such as cross country, football, and soccer, but as they all will tell you being in swimming shape is very different from being in shape for other sports on land.”

Junior Ben Falkenberg is the other captain.

Six Pirates were with the program last year. Seven are new and will mostly be swimming in the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

“The new swimmers are catching on quick,” Roecker said.

The team’s only diver, Conner Cowen, is in his first year of the sport.

“He is catching on quick and has great body awareness and control,” Roecker said.

The Pirates began the season Nov. 23 with a 109-54 loss to Hartford/Slinger.

Sickles won two events with personal records, the 100-yard butterfly in 59.7 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:03.51.

Cowen won diving with 130.9 points.

The 200 freestyle relay of sophmore Elliot Hadacek, Falkenberg, junior Finn Ritter and Sickles was second in a personal record 1:53.43.

The 400 freestyle relay of sophomore Tim Zeien, junior Eric Pfeiffer, freshman Alex Anwenter and Falkenberg was second in a personal record 4:48.12.

The Pirates had five thirds, all in personal records: the 200 medley relay of Zeien, Ritter, Sickles and Hadacek, 2:11.37; Ritter, 50 freestyle, 28.01; Zeien, 100 freestyle, 1:05.87; freshman Joe Sepanic 100 breaststroke, 1:39.93; and Falkenberg, 500 freestyle, 6:38.79.

Port was scheduled to host Homestead on Tuesday, swim at Grafton on Tuesday, Dec. 7, and in the North Shore Conference relays at West Bend on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

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