Thursday, June 29, 2017 This Week's Paper

Stadium swims past Wilson in battle of elites

// Tigers, Rams display great talent at dual meet

Logan Rysemus won three individual events – including recording another state-meet qualifying time – and was part of two winning relays to help lead Stadium’s swim team to a 113-73 win over an impressive Wilson squad on Dec. 15.

“It’s always fun swimming Wilson because they’re good, and they had some really good swims,” said Stadium coach Dave Baughman, adding that fatigue played a factor with both teams.

Rysemus got Stadium off to a quick start, teaming with Taylor Wright, Aidan Hoban and Matheus Siqueirce to win the 200-yard medley relay in one minute and 47.59 seconds, less than four tenths of a second faster than Wilson’s Connor Henricksen, Torrey Tomal, Fletcher Riches and Chase Schell. Rysemus would go on to win the 200-yard individual medley a short time later, team with Wright, Cameron Hartwig and Andrew Lackman to win the 400-yard freestyle relay and also win the 500-yard freestyle in four minutes and 57.3 seconds, a time that was 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Hartwig and qualified Rysemus for his fourth event at the state meet.

“It took me a while last year to get in the motion of things, but I’m feeling pretty good this year. I’m really looking forward to state,” Rysemus said.

Schell, meanwhile, was equally impressive for Wilson, holding off Lackman by three tenths of a second in the 50-yard freestyle to win with a time of 22.99 seconds. Schell also won the 100-yard butterfly by almost seven seconds and teamed with Tomal, Kevin Frey and Cody Dodge to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.

“Right now our entire team is swimming extremely tired,” said Wilson coach Don Higgins, adding that the focus of training now shifts to preparing for the district and state meets. “As far as today, I’m satisfied with where we are. We are improving all around...we’ve got quite a few new people.”

While the district and state meets are still over a month away, both squads agreed that meets like this are great for preparation.

“Personally I think it really boosts us,” Rysemus said. “It’s fun to race against fast kids like Chase and others.”

Stadium’s Stefan Kubeja won the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, while Lackman edged Frey in the 100-yard freestyle and Siqueirce won the 100-yard breaststroke. The Tigers’ Chase Kim won the diving competition with a score of 131.20.

While the Tigers have won all four of their meets so far, Baughman agreed with Higgins in acknowledging the main goal.

“The dual meets are all about getting guys into the water and giving them as many different chances to swim as many different events as they can to qualify (for district and state) as often as they can,” Baughman said. “If you’re qualified in three or four events, it gives you the opportunity to pick where you’re going to put that swimmer and where he might score points.”

Both teams return to action on Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m., with Stadium hosting Shelton while Wilson travels to Lincoln.