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Swim team honors longtime coach, wins Tom Caccia Invitational
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Saturdays final event combined the 1314 boys and 1518 girls and boys 200 freestyle relays. Platteville won the 1518 races. - photo by Photo by Steve Prestegard

The Platteville Swim Team earned a reputation for success under three-decade coach Tom Caccia.

Caccia is moving to Iowa to become the head swimming coach at Simpson College, but the tradition Caccia brought to Platteville seems to be continuing.

Platteville won the first Tom Caccia Invitational at the Family Aquatic Center Saturday, with 2,976.5 points, ahead of Beloit (2,605), Milton (1,690), Sugar River Rapids (1,096.5) and Monroe (682).

“I was pleasantly surprised that we took first place overall,” said Caccia’s successor as coach, Matt Wunderlin. “It was a great team effort. Our times were as good as could be expected given the cold weather.”

Platteville set three team and pool records Saturday — Izzy Carroll in the girls’ 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle (1 minute 29.11 seconds), Brendan Polkinghorn in the boys’ open 200-meter freestyle (2:14.88), and Melanie Schaefer in the girls’ open 200-meter freestyle (2:27.03), breaking a record set in 1998.

Schaefer won three races for Platteville, while Carroll, Elissa Bahr and Erell Renaudeau won two races each for Platteville.

The Tom Caccia Invitational ended the team’s competitive season, but not the team’s season. The team has two remaining events — the Swimathon Aug. 10, with all proceeds going to an area humane society, and the Run for the Records intersquad meet Aug. 16 at 9 a.m.