Seniors make a splash at last home meet

Katey Devine, Sports Editor

On January 6, the New Berlin Marlins boys co-op swim program took part in a historic meet for the team. Not only was it senior night, but it was also the last time the Marlins would have a meet at West’s pool, as the upcoming years’ practices and meets will be held at Eisenhower’s new natatorium.

To honor the seniors, a brief intermission was dedicated to them, as teammates talked about their good points and potential plans for their future. Seniors recognized were captains Auggie Brenzel, Sebastian Swiderski, and Alex Weiss (IKE), along with Michael Klein and Victor Wang.

The seniors took time to reflect on their final season with the Marlins. Swiderski said, on the topic of swimming, “It’s not my favorite thing to do, but this team has made it tolerable and enjoyable.”

The boys faced off against the Greendale/Greenfield/Pius XI co-op team in their third dual meet of the season. Despite the varsity team’s loss, several swimmers achieved their personal records.

Swiderski broke his personal records in both the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Klein achieved his season best in the 100 breaststroke. Junior Matt Thomas set a personal record in the 100 freestyle.

The other seniors also succeeded in their events. Wang won the 50 yard freestyle, Brenzel took second in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and Weiss took second in the 100 butterfly.

Many of the seniors have been swimming together since freshman year. They have developed a bond that’ll be hard to leave as the season ends. “To be a senior on the [team] means everything to me; being part of this team, this family, truly has been a blessing and [I] wish the best to my fellow seniors as [we] hold our breaths one last time as Marlins.”

The team will swim in the Greenfield/Greendale/Pius XI sectional on Saturday, February 13. They aim to send a couple swimmers to the state meet in Madison on Saturday, February 20.