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Capturing four championships, the Greenfield/Greendale/Pius XI boys swimming team won the Woodland Conference Relays crown on Dec. 7 at Cudahy.

The local squad tallied 278 points and won medals in 11 of 12 events to top Wauwatosa's 238 points and New Berlin's 206 points in the nine-team meet.

"The meet was actually much closer than the score indicates," coach Dale Schrank said. "Wauwatosa disqualified its winning 300-yard butterfly relay, costing 28 points. The meet was really a two-team event between Wauwatosa and us. I was very pleased with how the team performed."

The first championship was earned by the 400 individual medley team of Ben Davis, Isaac Jiardini, Jackson Zgola and Steve Novinska with 4 minutes, 7.34 seconds.

The 100 medley unit of Harrison Stasik, Matt Ballman, Bharat Kothapalli and Collin Hassel added another gold with 54.95 seconds.

The "PG-squared" team completed the meet with victories in the 300 backstroke and 300 breaststroke, the final two events.

The backstroke group of David Turner, Novinska, Ryan Haessly and Stasik finished in 3:04.06, and the 300 breaststroke squad of Ballman, Zgola, Hassel and Jiardini touched in 3:27.15.

Whitnall takes sixth

Whitnall finished well behind the Greenfield co-op with 152 points, good for sixth place. The Falcons' highest spot was second in diving with 309.65 points.

Greenfield/Greendale/Pius added second places in the 200 medley with Novinska, Ballman, Kothapalli and Carmelo Patti (1:54.05); the 200 freestyle with Stasik, Dominic Cory, Turner and Patti (1:42.96); the 800 freestyle with Haessly, Zgola, Jiardini and Davis (7:45.94); the 500 freestyle with Cory, Hassel, Haessly and Davis (4:54.93); and the 400 freestyle with Patti, Turner, Haessly and Davis (3:42.86).

Taking third for the co-op were Michael Rodriguez, Novinska, Zgola and Kothapalli in the 300 butterfly (3:06.79) and Stasik, Jiardini, Kothapalli and Cory in the 400 medley (4:19.26).

Earning third for Whitnall were Gabe Lepak, Trevor Thiemer, David Haun and Ben Bell in the 200 freestyle (1:47.89); David Gonzales, Justin Nowak, Isaiah Haun and Bell in the 400 freestyle (3:49.27); and Bell, Isaiah Haun, Thiemer and Gonzales in the 100 freestyle (47.51).

The Whitnall team of C.J. Cieszynski, Matthew Bass, Lepak and Gonzales came in fourth in the 300 breaststroke (3:45.59).

The Falcons also took fifth in the 500 freestyle with Lepak, Nowak, Thiemer and Bass (5:34.93) and the 400 medley with Lepak, Bass, Isaiah Haun and Kyle Dalton (4:53.08).

The Greenfield co-op was fifth in the 100 freestyle with Turner, Patti, Hassel and Cory (50.96).

"I was very pleased with how the team performed," Schrank said. "We had a very competitive meet the day before (taking fifth with 172 points in the Brookfield Invitational), and a number of our swimmers are battling a variety of health concerns. Considering those two factors, I think our swimmers did extremely well."

Both teams then competed in meets on Dec. 10. Whitnall came in third with 352 points in the Brown Deer Invitational, and the Greenfield co-op took fourth with 252 points in the Elkhorn Invitational.

For Whitnall, Gonzales finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.3), and seconds went to Bell in the 100 freestyle (53.47) and Gonzales, Alex Salmon, Isaiah Haun and Bell in the 400 freestyle relay (3:50.41).

Coming in third were Bell in the 50 freestyle (24.37); Isaiah Haun in the 500 freestyle (5:42.15); the 200 medley group of Isaiah Haun, Gonzales, Salmon and Bell (1:58.12); and the 200 freestyle unit of Thiemer, Nowak, Lepak and Bass (1:51.82).

Bass came in fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.26), and fifth places went to Salmon in the 200 freestyle (2:17.54) and the 100 butterfly (1:08.42) and Gonzales in the 50 freestyle (25.12).

Davis wins freestyle

For the Greenfield co-op at Elkhorn, Davis won the 200 freestyle (2:00.07) and took second in the 400 freestyle (4:24.66).

Stasik was second in the 100 freestyle (59.49), and thirds went to Patti in the 50 freestyle (26.93) and the 400 freestyle relay (4:09.73).

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