As one of the premier swimming events during the boys season, the Milwaukee Metro Officials Invitational can be used as a measuring stick to know where teams sit at roughly the midpoint of the year.
Muskego’s boys swimming and diving team found out how strong it can be after putting forth a strong effort Dec. 28 at Homestead High School, finishing in third place behind two of the top teams in the state.
Arrowhead won the 13-team invitational with 486 points, with Bay Port (473 points), Muskego (272), Lake Forest (Illinois) (262) and Greenfield (254) rounding out the top five.
"It was a very impressive showing from the 13 swimmers who participated at the Metro Officials Invitational," Muskego coach Larry Milton said. "By placing behind two state swimming powers should ignite a passion to work hard and finish strong. It will be an uphill battle, but I think we have the determination to put forth an effort that may surprise some people."
Junior Jack Rohlinger earned a pair of medals for the Warriors, taking third place in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.54 seconds and third place in the 100 freestyle in 50.85. Also medaling for Muskego was senior Ryan Fisher, who came in third in the 100 butterfly in 59.61.
Freshman Nick Schuster took fifth in the 400 IM in 5:03.48, sophomore Ben Gabbey was fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.57, freshman Nathan Gupton took fourth in the 1,000 freestyle in 11:12.08 and sophomore Evan Slonac came in fourth in the 200 IM in 2:15.84.
Muskego's 200 medley relay team of junior Jonah Gibson, Gabbey, Fisher and Rohlinger placed fourth with a time of 1:45.97.
"This meet from a coaching standpoint tells me how we are training and where some of these boys will fit in at the end of the season," Milton said. "By holding their personal times and staying close to their best times will determine the intensity we have to assume in our training."