Boys swimming: Eagles, Rebels shine at Bradford Invitational

Boys swimming: Eagles, Rebels shine at Bradford Invitational

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The Case and Horlick high school boys swimming and diving teams had their share of best times and good finishes Saturday at the Kenosha Bradford Invitational.

The Eagles didn’t have an event winner, but had a strong overall showing and finished third in the 15-team meet with 425 points. The Rebels had their best finish under coach Johnathon Patzwald, led by event winner Will Buhler, and took eighth with 229 points. Park finished 13th with 72.5.

“We finished in the top six and that was our goal,” Case coach Frank Michalowski said. “It was pretty mixed, but we had some seasonal-best times.”

The best finishes for the Eagles were second places in the 200-yard medley relay and by diver Joshua Rodriguez.

Collin Flynn, Charles Julius, Jack Esson and Nathan Hudak combined to finish a close second in the relay in a season-best 1:44.76. Bradford’s relay, which includes South Eastern Aquatics-Racine YMCA standout Ivar Iverson, won in 1:44.55.

Rodriguez scored 389.50 points in diving to finish second to Brandon Spencer of Kenosha Tremper (423.20).

Flynn took third in two individual events, the 200 individual medley (2:04.98) and 100 backstroke (season-best 55.76), and also anchored the third-place 400 freestyle relay (3:28.04). Hudak had a lifetime best (23.92) to finish fifth in the 50 freestyle.

The only Racine County swimmer to win an event was Buhler, who won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.80, surpassing his previous lifetime best of 1:03.1.

Joey Drew swam a lifetime best of 57.06 seconds to finish third in the 100 butterfly and cut nearly three seconds off his previous best of 58.9. Patzwald also praised the 200 medley relay (Nick Kirchner, Buhler, Drew, Brandon Carriveau), which took fourth in a season-best 1:45.38, and diver Jacob Possing, who started slow and recovered to finish sixth (366.60).

“This is the best we’ve performed at the Bradford Invite since I’ve been coach (seven seasons),” Patzwald said. “Our medley relay had a best time by two seconds and it really set the tone for us. Jacob really turned it on at the end and surged to get sixth.”

The best finish for Park was fifth by Dallas O’Haver in diving (368.00).

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