Grafton swim coach returns

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Longtime Grafton High School boys’ swim coach Mark Minz has returned to the team after taking a year off for family reasons.

“It’s great to be back on the pool deck. I really missed it,” he said.

Besides the coach, several swimmers and a diver return for the Black Hawks, including two state qualifiers.

Senior diver Ben Niswonger took fourth at the Division 2 state meet last year and swimmer Michael O’Connor helped the 200 medley relay team to seventh and the 400 freestyle relay team to ninth.

O’Connor’s younger brother Todd is one of seven freshmen “looking to make his mark,” Minz said, and freshman Andrew Slagter is looking good.

“He also is a young man who did a lot of swimming in the offseason. They’re already making an impact,” Minz said.

Minz is happy to see so many young swimmers interested in the sport.

“I’m always thrilled when I’ve got four or more freshmen on the team. With that many guys, that will bode well for the future,” he said.

Minz is still in the process of determing who will swim in what events.

“Obviously, you’re trying to figure out who is able to help you when you’re setting up individual events and relays,” he said. “Right now everybody is working hard in practice and we’re trying to train the essentials to the guys new to the sport. It’s fun. I’m trying to get them to be more efficient in the water and, of course, build up some stamina too.”

The Hawks opened the season with a 123-57 loss at Cedarburg on Nov. 24.

The Hawks didn’t win an event but took six seconds.

Todd O’Connor was second in the 50 freestyle in 26.46 seconds and Michael O’Connor was second in the 100 freestyle in 53.26.

Slagter was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.62. Junior Caden Starr was second in diving with 175.55 points.

The 200 medley relay team of Michael O’Connor, Slagter, Todd O’Connor and Andy Rose was second in 1:59.23, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Gabriel Mietkowski, Braedyn King, Slagter and Lance Greicar was second in 1:52.89.

The Hawks swam at Nicolet on Tuesday and host Port Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

 

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