The Platteville/Lancaster boys’ swim team honored seniors Ben Bahr, David Drefcinski, Brenden Polkinghorn, Peshoua Xiong, Joey Lindholm, Austin Moss and Phillip Patakos during intermission of Thursday’s non-conference dual meet with a familiar Rockford Christian team.
In the pool, each senior played a role in a decisive 96–74 victory over the visiting Royals. The Hillmen improved to 2–0 on the season with the win.
“We knew this was going to be a fun meet and that the guys would have to bring their A game,” said Platteville/Lancaster coach Matt Wunderlin. “Rockford tied us once and beat us once when we met at invitationals earlier this year. Our athletes brought their A-plus game and we managed a pretty decisive victory over a good team.”
Polkinghorn broke 50 seconds for the first time this year in the 100-yard freestyle, winning the event in 49.83 seconds.
Drefcinski finished second in the 100 free breaking the 1:00 barrier for the first time at 59.75 seconds. Drecinski also placed second in the 200 freestyle (2:14.70).
Bahr won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.19. He also teamed with Polkinghorn, junior Sam Iselin and sophomore Jack Schaffer to win the 200 medley relay (1:47.58).
Bahr, Polkinghorn, Iselin and junior Spanish exchange student Aurelio Fernandez won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:39.56.
Lindholm teamed with junior Coleman Lupee, sophomore Vince Momot and freshman Jesus Fontan to win the 400 freestyle relay (4:42.30).
Iselin broke 1:00 for the first time this year, winning the 100 butterfly in 58.96 seconds. Sophomore Kevin Donovan won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:37.22.
“I’m very proud of the senior class,” added Wunderlin. “They have helped me a lot in transitioning to this position and have kept some important traditions alive. They are a professional group of young men, and I’m grateful for the privilege of working with them.”
Platteville/Lancaster returned to action Tuesday with a Southern Lakes conference dual at Lake Geneva Badger. The Hillmen will then travel to Dubuque Hempstead for a non-conference dual on Thursday and will travel to Elkhorn for a Southern Lakes triple dual Tuesday.
Last Tuesday’s Southern Lakes dual at Whitewater was postponed due to last week’s freezing temperatures and will be made up on Jan. 31.
Platteville/Lancaster 96, Rockford Christian 74
(from Thursday, Jan. 9 @ UW–Platteville)
Platteville/Lancaster’s top finishers
200 medley relay — 1.Pla/Lan (Jack Schaffer, Ben Bahr, Sam Iselin, Brenden Polkinghorn) 1:47.58. 200 freestyle — 2.David Drefcinski (P/L) 2:14.70. 50 freestyle — 2.Smith (P/L) 27.27. 100 butterfly — 1.S. Iselin (P/L) 58.96, 2.Schaffer (P/L) 1:04.62. 100 freestyle — 1.Polkinghorn (P/L) 49.83, 2.Drefcinski (P/L) 59.75. 500 freestyle — 2.Demaree (P/L) 6:37.20. 200 freestyle relay — 1.Pla/Lan (Polkinghorn, Bahr, S. Iselin, Aurelio Fernandez) 1:39.56. 100 backstroke — 1.Donovan (P/L) 1:37.22, 2.Jordan Brunette (P/L) 1:48.82. 100 breaststroke — 1.Bahr (P/L) 1:07.19. 400 freestyle relay — 1.Pla/Lan (Coleman Lupee, Jesus Fontan, Joey Lindholm, Vince Momot) 4:42.30.