Feb 20 2017
Written by Phil McDade of WISCA
The state meets went according to chalk – both teams entering the state meets at the UW Natatorium as the favorites came away with wins. That’s not unusual – it’s been awhile (2011) since a team entered the state meet not seeded to win and came away with the gold hardware. But both state meets had a lot of interest; here’s a recap of the team races:
You could see this one coming – not just from about a month out, when Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial took over as the #1 team in the Division 1 WISCA poll. Coach Blaine Carlson has been building his squad over the past few years toward Saturday, when a deep and versatile Blackshirts squad racked up 246 points to take the team title by 30 points over six-time defending state champs Madison Memorial. WS/CM has always been known for its distance swimming prowess, and they have D1’s top distance swimmer in junior John Acevedo. But this is a very deep and versatile squad that came to the Natatorium with 17 swims and ended up scoring points in every event save for diving.
The Blackshirts were 6th a year ago at the state meet, but returned a good share of that team, and added two key freshmen – Jacob Carlson, son of the coach, and Caleb Blischke. Both stepped up at the state meet – Carlson with two podium finishes in the 50 free and 100 back, and Blischke with a podium finish in the 500 free and a sharp move up to 10th place in the 200 IM after coming in seeded 15th.
But if the Blackshirts have had a rock in their lineup this year, it’s been Acevedo, who delivered at crunch time for the team. With Madison Memorial swimming a lights-out meet, Carlson needed a top performance from his top-seeded junior in the 500 free, and he delivered with a 3.4 second win. Combined with Blischke’s 6th-place finish and a 12th from senior Andrew Dersay, WS/CM racked up 38 points in the event, which coach Carlson called the “turning point” of the meet.
The 500 free put WS/CM out in front for the first time in the meet, and – armed with two solid free relays and their five backstrokers – had little trouble expanding their lead to garner the second team title in program history.
Don’t expect the Blackshirts to go away, either. They’ll get hit with their share of graduations, but the core of this team – Acevedo, sprinter Conrad Farrell, and the two freshmen, plus others like backstroker Connor Clemetson – returns, so don’t be surprised to see them make another run at a state title next year.
For Memorial, it was a great run at defending their title – a meet reminiscent of their title-winning meet in 2011, when the Spartans seeded up 54.5 points (it would’ve been 70.5 point absent a DQ of their 1st-place finishing 200 free relay) to win over WS/CM. Overall on Saturday, Memorial “plussed up” from their seeding by 71.5 points.
Afterwards, head coach Paul Eckerle said the second-place finish was in some ways a more enjoyable journey than some of his team’s dominant, title-winning runs the past several years.
“We got everything we could have out of this team,” Eckerle said afterwards, and did they ever. Four swimmers plussed up in double digits from their seed placements – seniors Drake Horton and David Chen, and juniors Roark Lundal and Alex Wowk. Collectively the quartet were +53 on the day – Chen moving up from two first-heat swims to score 16 points, Horton with two 2nd-place finishes in the 200 and 100 free, and Lundal coming from dead last in the 50 free (he tied for the last qualifying spot in the meet, and swam in a rare, extra 3-person heat) to finish 9th.
But Wowk was arguably the biggest surprise – a strapping junior who has had to overcome his share of injuries in his high school career. Swimming against a deep field, and in lane 1 to boot, Wowk probably flew under the radar for most swim fans at the Nat. But he has underwaters like nobody’s business and popped up after the final turn with a lead that he never surrendered. His look of disbelief following his win was one to remember.
Saturday, February 18, 2017 -- WIAA Swimming State Meet @ UW-Madison
Greater Metro Conference Champs - 1st time since 1988!!
#1 Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial takes conference title
Jan 29 2017
Article written by Phil McDade (WISCA)
Swimming in their home pool, #1 ranked Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial won the Greater Metro/Classic Eight Conference with a dominating performance Saturday, sweeping to wins in nine of 12 events and scoring 603 points. Arrowhead, #4 in the latest WISCA D1 poll, finished second with 496 points, while #5 Brookfield Central/East finished in third with 451 points.
The Blackshirts suited up for the meet, and came away with conference record wins in all three relays and six individual event victories. Leading the way was junior John Acevedo, who won the 200 free in a conference record time of 1:41.54, then added a win in the 500 free with a sub-4:40 effort. Caleb Blischke in the 200 IM, Nathan Carlson in the 100 fly, Conrad Farrell in the 100 free, and Jacob Carlson in the 100 back all posted conference title-winning swims.
Particularly impressive for the Blackshirts were their relay showings:
The free relay records are also the fastest times posted this year in the two relays, according to the WISCA top-30 list.
Third-place Brookfield took home two wins -- sprinter Ryan Linihan in the 50 free, and senior Ben Attenberger in the 100 breaststroke in a conference-record time of 58.99, breaking his own mark from a year ago.
Marquette's Lou Locher won the diving competition.
Thanks to Mr. Foster in the Art Department at South for designing this year's t-shirt - well done!!
Blackshirt Swimming and Diving Senior Class
2017 Jim Voss Invitational Team Champions!
37 Swimmers and Divers Named 2015-16 Scholar Athletes
Congratulations to the following members of the Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving team for being named as Scholar Athletes at Waukesha South or Mukwonago High Schools. This is a tremendous honor for our swimming and diving program! In order to be named Scholar Athlete the student must have at least a 3.50 GPA for the school year.
“I am extremely proud of the swimmers and divers that were named as Scholar Athletes! These athletes have shown that they can be successful both in the pool and out, and that they have learned how to balance their athletic and academic workloads. Congratulations and keep up the good work!”, said Head Coach Blaine Carlson.
2015-16 Scholar Athletes
2016 WIAA Sectional Team Champs!
Nine Blackshirts to Compete at WIAA State Meet
Congratulations to the Waukesha South/CMH Boys Swimming team on their recent WIAA Greenfield Sectional Meet Championship performance. The Blackshirts came away with the team title scoring 361 points with runner up Greenfield scoring 321 and 3rd place Muskego finishing with 316 points.
The Blackshirts advanced 9 swimmers competing in three relays and 12 individual events to the WIAA Division 1 State Meet. The meet is held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium on Saturday, February 20.
The following Blackshirts will be competing in the WIAA State Meet:
200 Medley Relay
200 Freestyle Relay
400 Freestyle Relay
Great job swimmers, parents, and coaches.
Legendary Coach Phil Cibik
It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that legendary Waukesha Swimming Coach Phil Cibik passed away on Tuesday evening (01/12) of last week. Coach Cibik was a pioneer and a guiding force for swimming in Waukesha in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. His career started in the early 1960’s as an assistant to another coaching great Rollie Bestor.
Some of Phil Cibik’s coaching highlights:
A quote from Coach Cibik regarding the remarkable success of the Waukesha High School swim team:
“The thing I’m most proud of is the fact that three coaches, Rollie Bestor, myself and Ron Hart, finished first 14 times and second three times in 17 years. That’s an incredible run of success. I was an assistant coach to Rollie and when he left, I took over. When I left Ron Hart took over, and all three of us are still friends to this day.” (Two of those second place finishes were close defeats by 4 and 6 points.)
“It was a special time and place to be part of this winning tradition, probably will never be repeated again.”
Coach Cibik was just recently inducted into the Waukesha Swimming Wall of Fame in November and his coaching career guided hundreds and hundreds of swimmers. Perhaps even more important than the Championship victories and more than 100 wins was the life lessons that he imparted on his swimmers. Life skills that everyone that I have talked to about the early days of success in swimming in Waukesha all refer to. Coach Cibik taught hard work and discipline, taught swimmers how to work together as a TEAM, taught leadership, and pushed his swimmers to be great citizens.
The Cibik family has set up a Memorial Fund in his name with the Waukesha Express Swim Team to continue to help young swimmers in Waukesha develop as athletes and people. There is a link on the homepage of our team’s website at www.waukeshaexpress.org for those wishing to donate to the Phil Cibik Memorial Fund.
RIP Coach Cibik!