Just a couple of weeks away from the all-important conference and WIAA sectional meets, the Menomonee Falls/Germantown/Hamilton boys swim team is starting to hit on all cylinders. The Indians turned in an impressive performance in winning their own invitational held at Falls on Jan. 23.
'Our best meet of the season,' said coach John Douglass. 'We (also) had a victory versus Waukesha North on Thursday (Jan. 21) and then a win in the invite on Saturday (Jan. 23). A good week. My first season with this team, and the boys are starting to jell at the right time.'
The Indians will look to keep the momentum going when they close out the regular season at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 with their parents' dual meet against Marquette. The Greater Metro/Classic 8 Conference meet will be Saturday, Feb. 6 at Waukesha South.
The local co-op won five events in claiming the title its six-team invite with 601 points as Bay Port was second with 531 and Janesville Craig third with 404.
Junior sprinter Shawn Brown had a sensational day for the Indians, turning in season bests in winning the 50-yard freestyle (22.65 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (49.72).
He also swam the third leg of the victorious 200 medley relay team that included Siddhant Jain, Keegan Donlen (a Hamilton swimmer) and Dayne Gramoll (1:45.74); and led off the winning 200 free relay team that included Donlen, Josh Ebner and Gramoll (1:34.2).
Also scoring an individual victory was diver Turner Velle with an 11-dive score of 329.7 points. Velle got help from Andrew Godfrey, who was third (277.35).
Seconds went to Ebner in the 200 individual medley (2:11.55) and Donlen in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.55), while a third was taken by Jain in the 100 backstroke (59.92).
Hamilton swimmers turning in other top showings included Nick Omer as part of the second 200 medley relay entry (fourth, 1:52.46) and in the 50 free (sixth, 24.76), Ryan Ciolkosz in the individual medley (sixth, 2:20.36) and butterfly (sixth, 1:03.76) and Austin Brown and Jacob Poulsen on the 400 free relay (fifth, 3:51.87). Donlen also fared well in the breaststroke.