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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:11

New North Shore opponents provide formidable competition at conference relay swim and dive meet

Port Washington got a victory from its divers and Grafton earned one surprise first place in the North Shore Conference Relays swimming and diving meet on Dec. 19.
The West Bend Co-op team, new to the NSC this year, won with 87 points. Whitefish Bay was second with 72 and Homestead third with 71.
Port scored 51 points and tied new conference opponent Hartford/Slinger for fourth. Grafton, which hosted the meet, scored 45 to tie Nicolet for fifth. Cedarburg was eighth with 34.
Pirate sophomore divers Roger Schmidt and Cale Theis combined to score 354.9 points to edge West Bend’s team of 327.9.
“They had an awesome meet,” coach Melissa Hoogester said.
TREVOR BODART s2121917270Grafton’s victory came in the 300-yard breaststroke relay. The team of Nick and Caden Starr, Ben Niswonger and Gaven Depies finished in three minutes, 27.99 seconds, nearly 10 seconds ahead of second place.
The unique part is Niswonger and Caden Starr don’t usually swim.
“Our divers are pretty good in the breast stroke. I figured, what the heck, I’ll put them in there. I had no idea they would get first place,” coach Mark Minz said.
“I think it’s so cool to get brothers in a relay and to do so well.”
The Black Hawks earned second in the 400 medley relay. The team of Depies, Nick Starr, Trevor Bodart and Matthew Fischer finished in 4:00.16, less than four seconds behind Hartford/Slinger.
Grafton got third in the 500 crescendo relay in 4:45.35. Andy Rose swam the 50, Fischer the 100, Michael O’Connor the 150 and Starr the 200.

Port earned a fourth place in the 300 backstroke relay. The team of Norman Calhan, Neil Tumey, Wyatt Roller and Zach Miller finished in 3:14.43.
Aside from one disqualification, the Pirates took fifth or sixth place the rest of the events.
“We had some really awesome swims, great times and great finishes,” Hoogester said,” and also plenty of fun had by all.”
Minz said relay meets always bring a smile to his face, since they draw more fans than a dual meet.
“The place was really rockin’. Everyone was cheering, having a good time. There was a lot more noise and enthusiasm,” he said.
Port’s fifth places came in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:53.01 (Tumey, Peter Meier, Cody Seitz and Chase Orvis); 400 individual medley in 4:49.04 (Norman, Tommy Huegerich, Talan Howell and Nick Hadacek); 800 freestyle in 8:40.46 (Graeme Biskobing, Alex Charbuno, Roller and Miller); 500 crescendo relay in 4:57.49 (Matt Huebner, Huegerich, Sharbuno and Miller); 300 butterfly in 3:12.24 (Norman, Sharbuno, Huegerich and Biskobing); 400 freestyle in 4:02.55 (Roller, Hadacek, Seitz and Huebner); and 200 medley in 2:06.96 (Tumey, Meier, Biskobing and Mavrick Roller).
Grafton’s 100 freestyle relay team of Luke Kempka, Ian Konzen, Max Duret and Noah Ellison took fifth in the 100 freestyle in 56.82.
A couple of disqualifications kept the Hawks from finishing a little higher, Minz said.
“Stuff happens. That’s something to work on,” he said.
Port next swims at West Bend on Thursday, at Kiel on Jan. 9 and hosts Grafton on Jan. 11.
Grafton swims at the Bulldog Invite at Cedarburg on Jan. 6 before traveling to Port on Jan. 11.
The two week-plus break allows “time to work on fundamentals,” Minz said.