Frank Michalowski was delighted that his Case High School boys swim team proved him wrong Tuesday night.
After figuring that that Eagles didn’t have the depth to defeat Oak Creek, they did just that.
Earning big points in the diving and breaststroke, Case opened its season with a 100-83 Southeast Conference victory in Case’s natatorium.
The result was a turnaround from last Jan. 17, when Oak Creek defeated Case 114-72 at Oak Creek. It was the first time a Case team coached by Michalowski had lost to Oak Creek.
“I guess the boys surprised me because I didn’t think we had the depth to beat them,” said Michalowski, who was missing Max Hidde with an injury.
The Eagles had a 13-0 edge in diving because Oak Creek competed without divers. Cody Friso won with 154.05 points while Jarek Hanna (153) was second and Luis Alcantar (150.10) was third.
Case also outscored Oak Creek 12-4 in the 100 breaststroke. A.J. Wampole won in 1:11.81, followed by Eric Sorensen (1:17.40).
FRANKLIN 134, PARK 40: The Panthers could not get much going as they fell to the Sabers in a Southeast Conference dual meet at Park.
The Panthers did not manage a first place finish throughout the meet.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Matt Creuziger, Austin Boley, Dylan Keck and Josh Abel led the way for the Panthers with a second place finish with a time of 1:47.90.
BURLINGTON 97, DELAVAN-DARIEN 43: Four event victories by Bailey Bleser helped the Demons rout their Southern Lakes Conference opponents in a dual meet at Delavan.
Bleser won two individual events: the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.39) and the 100 freestyle (51.40). He also bookended Burlington’s two victorious relays, leading off the 200 medley (1:49.19) and anchoring the 200 freestyle (1:39.55).
Although coach Jake Hanson noted the Demons swam wearily, they won eight of the 11 events in the meet. Jimmy Keeker joined Bleser on the pair of first-place relays, adding the 100 butterfly (59.75) as an individual.
BURLINGTON CO-OP 136.675, BROOKFIELD COMBINED 130.85: The Demons went 1-2-3 in the all-around at their season-opening meet to win a nonconference dual meet at Karcher Middle School in Burlington.
Regan Cassidy won the uneven bars for Burlington Co-op with a score of 9.3, and she was also second on the balance beam (8.975) and floor exercise (8.975) on the way to winning the all-around with a score of 35.125.
Teammate Ava Trent won the vault with 8.95, took second on bars (9.15) and was second in all-around (34.825), and Malia Bronson was third in all-around (33.425) for the Demons.