BY RICH PALZEWIC
SUAMICO – One of the main goals for the Bay Port boys swimming team this season is to win their third Fox River Classic Conference title in a row.
The Pirates should have a good shot to do that despite losing Division 1 college recruits Ryan Hakes (UW-Milwaukee) and Race Archibald (Eastern Illinois) to graduation. Hakes was first-team all-conference in the 200 Freestyle, while both him and Archibald were a part of the winning 200 Free Relay at the FRCC meet.
“I hope so – that’s one of the goals this year,” said Bay Port head coach Steve Jeffers when asked the question if his team can win another FRCC title. “That’s our goal every year and who knows…maybe we have another shot at sectionals as well.”
The Pirates narrowly nipped Neenah last season for the sectional title on their way to a 14th place overall finish at the WIAA D1 state meet in Madison.
“We had such exceptional depth last year – crazy depth – that I’ve never experience before,” Jeffers said. “We are still a pretty deep team in comparison to a lot of others – not quite as deep as last year – so I think we have a really good shot at winning another conference title. I’m expecting some big things from our senior class and from others that contributed last season.”
All-conference swimmers returning for Bay Port are seniors Aaron Donovan (200 & 500 Free, 200 & 400 Freestyle Relay), Alec Jeffers (100 Butterfly, 200 Medley Relay), Peter Martin (500 Free), Wyatt Dvorak (400 Free Relay) and Calvin Schilz (200 IM, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay); and sophomores Griffin Hawley (200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay) and Ben Storby (200 Free Relay).
Other seniors on the roster are Mitchell Meurer, Isiah Konopacki, Jakob Lippert and Max Schauer. Other sophomores are Kyle Zerbel, Dylan Paris, Tucker Rudolph, Noah Larscheid, Matthew Heim and Zachary Le. Freshmen include Victor Kostov, Logan Jolly, Alec Tuttle, Evan Engles and Lance Mooren.
According to Jeffers, the freshman Kostov could have a big impact this season.
“Victor is just a little guy but I really like how he’s looking in the water so far,” added Jeffers. “He is so smooth and so efficient for a small guy. I think he’s really going to do some great things this season.”
Bay Port will get an early-season look at their toughest competition this season when they travel to Oshkosh West High School on Saturday, Dec. 2, for an invitational. Both Neenah and FRCC rival Green Bay United will be present, both of whom will be in the Pirates’ sectional.
“GBU will be some of our toughest competition this season,” Noted Jeffers. “They have an excellent top end but not quite the depth we do. They have a sophomore (Kaiser Neverman) who should be a state champ this year and a couple of seniors who are really good, too.”
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