Waukesha will be well represented at the WIAA Division 1 swimming and diving meet, taking place Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.
Alec Carlson scored two individual sectional championships competing at Waukesha South on Saturday, swimming for the South/Catholic Memorial co-op. His time of 1:43.20 was good for first place in the 200-yard freestyle and the second best time in the state field overall, behind only Jackson Uselman of Middleton (1:42.47).
Carlson added a title in the backstroke, swimming 53.10 and landing in the fast heat at the state swim. Carlson took fifth in the backstroke last year at the state meet and added 12th in the 100 free.
Teammate Alex Swain notched the sectional title and the fastest time in the state in the 100 free with his swim of 46.59. Swain posted top-10 finishes in the 50 free and butterfly at last year's state meet.
Waukesha North/Kettle Moraine/Pewaukee qualified in the medley relay (1:40.71), 200 free (1:31.49) and 400 free (3:19.19), as did Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial (1:40.09, 1:31.93 and 3:13.94). The team of Swain, Carlson, Shawn Kramer and Jonathan Jaworski won the sectional for South/CMH.
South's additional entrants included Kyle Gerum in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.32) and backstroke (55.33), Swain in the 50 free (21.71) and Jaworski in the breaststroke (1:01.88)
North/KM/Pewaukee sophomore Nolan Fahey swam 1:44.19, posting the third best time in the 200-yard freestyle field, and he also will swim in the fast heat of the 500 free with his time of 4:47.11. Others making the trip for the Northstars are Greg Geanon (54.51 in butterfly), Keenan Acken (49.29 in 100 free) and Simon Hensen (54.58 in the backstroke).
North took second in the team scoring behind first-place Muskego. South/CMH took third.
Waukesha West/Mukwonago will be represented by David Wright, who qualified in the 200 free (1:44.44) and 100 free (49.88), as well as diver Chris Miszewski (385.75 points)
Swimming on the relays for the Northstars are Fahey, Hensen, Acken and Mitch Grinwald (200 free and 400 free) and Hensen, Will Lewis, Acken and Geanon in the medley.
South's relays include Gerum, Swain, Carlson and Jimmy Hawley (medley) and Gerum, Kramer, Jaworski and Brad Spencer in the 200 free.
Memorial gets No. 2 seed
The Catholic Memorial boys basketball team garnered the No. 2 seed in its WIAA Division 2 sectional, with the tournament opening Feb. 19 and the Crusaders set to start play Feb. 22.
Memorial would face either 10th-seeded Kenosha Indian Trail or seventh-seeded South Milwaukee, with those two teams squaring off Tuesday. If the Crusaders advance, they could face third-seeded Pewaukee, a team that eliminated the Crusaders from playoff contention two years ago.
Elsewhere in the sectional, ninth-seeded Waukesha North will hit the road to face eighth seed New Berlin West in the opening round Tuesday, with the winner getting a chance to face top seed New Berlin Eisenhower on Feb. 22.
Milwaukee Bay View and Whitnall round out the top five seeds, with all teams trying to reach the Feb. 28 sectional semifinal at Greenfield. The winner there plays March 2 at West Allis Central with a berth in the state tournament on the line.
In Division 1, Waukesha South will also play Tuesday, hosting ninth-seeded Hartford in the 8-9 game. The winner there gets top seed Germantown, a program that hasn't lost since the 2011 sectional final, with a state title last year and undefeated record this season.
Waukesha West, seeded fifth, will travel to face fourth-seeded Homestead on Feb. 22. The winner there could very well get Germantown, as well. West will host the sectional semifinal Feb. 28, feeding into the March 2 sectional final at Homestead.
Seeds for the girls tournament will be released next week.
Wrestlers moving on
A number of Waukesha wrestlers advanced to sectionalcompetition from Saturday's regionals, needing top-four status in Division 1 and top-two status in Division 2 to move forward.
Waukesha South carried eight qualifiers to Saturday's sectional at Waukesha West, with the Division 1 schools competing at West Allis Central on Saturday.
Bill Prochniewski won his flight at 113 pounds, recording two pins and finishing the regional with a 40-2 record.
Brock Milkent (32-5) also emerged with a regional championship for South, pinning both his men within a minute of the start of the match, including a 35-8 wrestler from West Allis Hale, Ryan Vankervoorde.
Ibragim Umarov (25-15) finished second at 132, falling to Mark Choinski of West Allis Central in the title round. Jordan Yatchak (26-12) also took second at 145, falling to Nick Delapaz of Waukesha West in the title round, 11-6, then bouncing back to win a wrestleback in dominant fashion.
Eric Ehrhardt (16-17) took third at 152, Devan Biersack (29-13) took fourth at 126, Ulises Reyes (18-18) took fourth at 170 and Frank Stackhouse (21-23) took fourth at 182.
Delapaz (22-10) won all three of his matches to claim the regional title for West.
Nick Palzkill (27-3) took second at 106, falling to Jon Baltz of Hale in the final and then topping Ethan Averill of Kettle Moraine in the wrestleback.
Others qualifying for West were Richard Shaw (20-10) in third at 132, Erik Schroeder (21-15) in third at 160 and T.J. Hudler (21-11) in fourth at 195.
Waukesha North will be represented by a trio of third-place finishers: 106-pounder Brandon Mayhew (18-15) Adam Bjerke (23-10) at 182 and Sam Olsen (20-9) at 220.
Competing at East Troy in the Division 2 competition, Catholic Memorial picked up a regional title from 182-pounder Justin Dentici (37-4), who won a 7-5 decision in the final over Oscar Donegan of East Troy (24-9).
Second place finishes went to David McLeod (17-10) at 126, John Anderson (21-15) at 132, Ty Schmitt (19-8) at 138 and Sam Gromacki (23-12) at heavyweight. Paul Parworth (25-13) took second at 145, needing a win in a wrestelback to advance.
The Crusaders compete at Waupun on Saturday.
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