Boys Sectionals Swimming 2019

Andrew McAvoy, Writer

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This past Saturday, the Oshkosh North boys’ swim team competed at the sectional meet held in Neenah. Despite being the smallest team by far and projected to finish 8th overall, a few surprise performances helped the team take 6th. Leading the way for North was senior Eddie Hansen, who finished 2nd in the 100 breaststroke and 4th in the 50 free. Other top 8 performances include the three Pecore brothers, Trey, Pierce, and Chase, who placed 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively in the 500 free. Trey also placed 8th in the 200 IM (Individual Medley), and the 200 Medley Relay placed 7th.

Junior Andrew McAvoy led the team in improved times, dropping 3 seconds in the 100 fly and 100 breast, along with a half second drop in both the 50 free and 50 fly. Sophomore Jack Scherer had the most significant decline of the meet, dropping 12 seconds in his 500 freestyle. Seniors Noah Brandl and Jarod Falk both finished their swimming careers with personal records as well. Out of 30 events swam, 23 had new personal records made by the swimmer. Junior and first-time swimmer Bristol Boelter had a team-high 30 PR’s, followed closely by the three Pecore brothers.

Without a doubt, the most impressive part of Saturday’s meet was the overall team performance. “Every team had at least 4-5 more swimmers than us, and 5 of them were probably double our size,” said Head Coach Ryan Revolinski. Furthermore, 5 of the ten swimmers were either first-year swimmers or freshmen. Despite the lack of both size and experience, Oshkosh North swam impressively and performed well above their expected result.

For most of the swimmers, their season is complete. Eddie Hansen will have one last meet. Eddie qualified for state and is seeded 18th in the breaststroke and 21st in the freestyle. He will be swimming in the UW-Madison Natatorium this Saturday, February 16th. Congrats to all swimmers on a great year.