Friend, Vogel lead Raider swimmers over Wayland Academy
It took some adjusting to new surroundings, but the Kiel boys swim team scored a 62-32 non-conference dual win at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam last week Tuesday.
“It’s a unique campus,” said Kiel coach Joe Molitor about the private boarding school that brings in students from all over the world.
“The pool is old. It was not lit, so that caused some problems with our swimmers who wear the tinted swim goggles. It was also a five-lane pool that may have been a six-lane at one time because the lane markings on the bottom were off on the bottom. But we adjusted.”
David Vogel and Jacob Friend led the charge, each winning a pair of races. Vogel won the 200 yard freestyle (2:06.91) and the 500 freestyle (5:44.12) while Friend captured the 200 individual medley (2:26.70) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.45). The 100 backstroke went to Mason Steffen (1:04.64) with Charlie Tanouye winning the 100 freestyle (1:01.90) and Ashton Arnold the 100 butterfly (1:04.11).
Also winning were the 200 medley relay team of Steffen, Friend, Arnold and Trent Bebermeier, and the 400 freestyle relay of Arnold, Ben Molitor, Steffen and Vogel.
State Small School
Last Saturday in Shorewood, coach Joe Molitor’s Raiders placed 13th out of 18 schools at the annual State Small School Invitational, a warm up event for the post season that brings most of the top Division 2 schools together. Kiel scored in seven of the 12 events led by Mason Steffen’s eighth place finish in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.65. Steffen also swam the opening leg for the 11th place 200 yard freestyle relay team (1:42.12) that also included Jacob Friend, Ashton Arnold and Trenton Bebermeier. They also comprised the 200 medley relay team that was 12th.
Friend was 13th in the 100 yard breaststroke with the 400 freestyle relay team of Steffen, David Vogel, Ben Molitor and Arnold coming in 14th.
Also scoring were Vogel in the 500 freestyle (15th) and Arnold in the 100 butterfly (16th).
Monona Grove easily won the team championship.
Plymouth hosts the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Championships this Saturday.