Oregon’s men’s swim team hasn’t reached the point in the season where it shrinks for championship meets like the conference and WIAA Division 1 Verona Section.
Still, the Panthers’ 200-yard medley relay team of junior Mason Konopacki, Jack Nowka, junior Josh Weber and sophomore Spencer Stluka won the race in a Badger West Conference double meet against McFarland Tuesday, January 18, in record time at school. of 1 minute, 55.80 seconds.
“They’re definitely swimming fast times and we’re not even at the point in the season where they should be breaking records,” Oregon coach Justin Sawran said.
While a school record was not expected, the Panthers won eight events, but were beaten by McFarland 92-78 in the conference doubles at the Oregon Community Pool.
“We consider them the best in the conference,” Sawran said of McFarland.
Sawran said Oregon has a few swimmers in COVID-19 protocols.
“They just had a bit more depth than us,” Sawran said.
Stluka won the 200 IM in 2:24.07 and was first in the 100 freestyle (57.34). Stluka teamed with junior Oliver Wiedemann, junior Jack Christiansen and senior David Stevenson to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:48.11), one second off the school record, Sawran said.
“Those two (Wiedemann and Christiansen) really stepped up,” Sawran said. “We talk about our different combinations in the relays. We are trying to play with different combinations of events in future encounters.
Weber finished first in the 50 freestyle (25.45) and took first place in the 100 butterfly (1:04.67). In the 400 freestyle, Konopacki took first place with a time of 4:51.85.
In the 100 breaststroke, Stevenson won with a time of 1:13.10.
The Badger West Conference meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 5 in Baraboo. Sawran said the top three contenders for the conference are McFarland, Sauk Prairie and Oregon.
“We are the three biggest teams and have the numbers,” he said.