Phillips swimmers under 10 cut significant time off several of their events at their first home meet last Saturday. Competing with Phillips Wave were teams from Lakeland, Antigo, Bayfield, and Tomahawk.
Kyle Lochner and Michaela Ericksen both swam the most difficult event in swimming, the 400 individual medley, and finished first in their divisions.
The 400IM consists of swimming 100 yards of each competitive stroke: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. It is a real test of being able to do all four strokes as well as having the endurance to swim 400 yards.
Lochner went on to finish first in both the 100 fly and 100 free, while Ericksen was first in the 100 fly and second in the 100 back.
Other first place finishes for high school swimmers went to Michael Prochnow in the 500 free, Claire Langfoss in the 200 back, and Marcel Vondrus in the 100 breast.
For the 13-14 year-old swimmers, Marina Windmoeller took second in the 100 fly and fifth in the 50 free. Mckenzi Franz finished second in the 100 breast and fifth in the 50 free.
In the 11-12 year-old division, Annikka Johnson had an outstanding day by finishing first in the 100IM, 50 fly, and 50 breast. Several of her times were also personal bests in those events. Kirsten Weik took first in the 100 free and third in the 50 free. Olivia Harding took second in the 100IM. Eli Pippenger took second in the 100 fly. Kayleigh Denruiter took fifth in the 100 free.
Lydia Holm had a strong showing, improving her personal bests by two full seconds in the 100 individual medley and by 28 seconds in the 50 meter butterfly.
Pooja Muruganandan swam a tight 25-meter breast coming off her injury from earlier that morning. She took first overall.
Competing in the under 10 bracket was Hanna Pippenger, who placed third overall in the 50 meter freestyle.
Logan Bjork took third in both the 50 free and 50 butterfly. Bjork knocked off seven seconds from his previous best in butterfly.
Sofia Windmoeller took a full nine seconds off her 50-meter backstroke.
“I would have to say the swimmer of the meet, however, was Hanna Cooper,” said coach Rebecca Lovejoy. “She managed to trim four seconds from her 100 free style, but the really noticeable time drop was her individual medley swim, where she managed to beat her best time (set the previous week) with a whopping 23 second time drop, bringing it home for a solid second place after being seated ninth.”
The Phillips Wave would like to thank all of the local businesses and individuals who donated items to their very successful basket raffle. The funds raised will be going to purchase new starting blocks for the pool. The Wave will host their next home meet at the Phillips Community Pool on Saturday, Jan. 4.