A clear goal was set by the Muskego boys swimming team going into the Classic 8/Greater Metro Conference Meet on Feb. 6, and the Warriors met it by taking fourth with 256 points.
'The goal was to maintain the upper half of our conference,' coach Larry Milton said. 'Mission accomplished. Overall, the boys swam well and this hopefully will continue into our second phase of the season, the state meets.
'I am very proud of our efforts to be where we are in the toughest conference in the area, if not the state.'
Borland third, fourth
Drew Borland earned the highest finish with third place in the 500-yard freestyle at 4 minutes, 52.17 seconds and added a fourth in the 100 butterfly with 54.13 seconds.
Borland also swam with Jack Rohlinger, Ben Gabbey and Caiden Ryg to take seventh in the 400 freestyle relay (3:31.15) and Rohlinger, Ivan Couch and Ryg to place eighth in the 200 medley relay (1:44.25).
Rohlinger also claimed fifth in the 100 freestyle (50.61) and seventh in the 200 freestyle (1:52.89).
'Drew held his own, even swimming ill,' Milton said. 'Jack did a heck of a job, and being a team player filled the role in the 200 freestyle.'
Couch came in fifth (1:03.1) and Gabbey seventh (1:04.66) in the 100 breaststroke. Evan Slonac captured 10th in the 200 freestyle (1:58.19) and in the 500 freestyle (5:14.54).
'Evan did a heck of a job in the 500 freestyle, as did Ben in the 100 breaststroke,' Milton said.
Muskego came in eighth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.58) behind Josh Paquette, Connor Andrews, Caleb Golden and Couch.
Couch finished eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:08.33) and Paquette ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.57). The 200 medley B team of Jonah Gibson, Gabbey, Ryan Fisher and Slonac took ninth (1:47.45)
Also taking 10th were Gabbey in the 200 IM (2:10.05), Ryg in the 50 freestyle (23.16), Gibson in the 100 backstroke (1:00.14) and the 400 freestyle B unit (3:36.68).
Fisher was 11th in the 100 butterfly (57.65) and 13th in the 200 IM (2:14.08), Paquette 14th in the 100 butterfly (58.94), Gibson 14th in the 100 freestyle (53.49) and Andrews 15th in the 100 backstroke (1:03.51).
'Josh provided some needed points in the butterfly and breaststroke, and Ryan did a great job in the butterfly,' Milton said. 'Connor is peaking at the right time in the backstroke; Jonah is showing his talent in the backstroke and 100 freestyle; and Caleb kept our relays strong.'
Milton also praised Andrew Buelow and Austin Hewitt for their efforts.
Muskego will compete in a WIAA Division 1 sectional at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Greenfield High School.