- Friday night, Lakeland Union and Rhinelander went down to Madison for the boys Division 2 state swim meet.
Lakeland Union's Jack Garcia had the best finish of the night for the Northwoods schools. He finished third in the 500 freestyle. Not only did he podium, he also beat his personal record by seven seconds.
"I talked to the guy beforehand that was right next to me and he said 'oh, I want to go a 4:40, a 4:45' and I just thought 'okay, I'll go with you'," said Garcia.
Yes, Garcia was happy with his finish. But he's also only a junior, so he'll be back for more next year.
"It felt really good to swim that well for the end of the year, and I still have another year to improve it even better," said Garcia.
Rhinelander's Nolan Francis was also happy with his times. His best finish was sixth in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 53.84 seconds.
"It was really a good race. I felt good going in and I was warming up behind the blocks and I just got out there and raced the guy next to me and the race went smooth," said Francis.
Monona Grove dominated the meet. But having such a big school in the same pool didn't intimate the Northwoods swimmers. They knew to simply focus on their own times.
"Not that we don't set our sights for them, it's just they're on a whole different level right now," said Francis.
It also helped that the two smaller schools were there to cheer each other on.
"They always mess around with us and we hang out with them. You get to cheer everyone on, so it's a heck of a lot more fun having them here," said Garcia.
|Story By: Katie Leszcynski