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Lakeland’s Liam Hogan holds up two fingers to celebrate his 
second place finish at the state meet in Madison on
Friday, Feb. 15. Also pictured, from left, is fourth place finisher Russell Benoy of Rhinelander, third place finisher Brock Aune of the Sturgeon Bay Co-op, and first place finisher Jeremiah Mansavage of Fort Atkinson.
Jeremy Mayo/For The River News

Lakeland’s Liam Hogan holds up two fingers to celebrate his second place finish at the state meet in Madison on Friday, Feb. 15. Also pictured, from left, is fourth place finisher Russell Benoy of Rhinelander, third place finisher Brock Aune of the Sturgeon Bay Co-op, and first place finisher Jeremiah Mansavage of Fort Atkinson.
Four Thunderbird swimmers represented Lakeland Union High School at the WIAA boys state swim meet in Madison on Friday, Feb. 15, and they represented T-Bird nation well.

Liam Hogan was runner-up champion in the 50-yard freestyle. He swam the race in 21.95 to take second place, just barely behind Jeremiah Mansavage of Fort Atkinson who won the race in 21.90.

“It’s such a quick finish and so fast, we were just pretty happy that he got second,” Lakeland head coach Chris Garcia said. “That was awesome. Splash and dash. It’s anyone’s race.”

Hogan also swam the 500-yard freestyle and took ninth with a time of 4:57.33.

Alex Tucker swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.34 and took 11th place.

“Alex Tucker did a nice job in the 200,” Garcia said. “He bumped up from a 12th seed to place 11th.”

Tyler Teichmiller swam the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. In the 200 IM, he took 10th place with a 2:04.10.

“We had Tyler drop another second, got a lifetime best in the 200 IM,” Garcia said. “Again, personal bests are the way you want to end your season.”

In the 100 breast, Teichmiller took 12th place with a time of 1:02.40 and he’ll get his name on the record board back home for doing so.

“Then Tyler did the breast stroke in which he broke a 1997 school record. The last one to come down off the board with his time,” Garcia said.

Brandon Boh swam the 100-yard freestyle and took 16th place with a 50.86.

All four swimmers combined forces to swim both the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Swimming in the sequence of Boh, Teichmiller, Tucker, and Hogan, Lakeland took sixth place in the 200 free with a time of 1:30.71 and fourth place in the 400 yard free with a 3:18.98.

“We were not expecting that at all, but the fourth place finish in the 400 free relay pumped us way up,” Garcia said. “We were seeded seventh, guys went crazy fast, so yeah, that was great. Love seeing that.”

Garcia also likes what she sees looking ahead to next year.

“We are going to be really strong again next year,” she said. “We are losing Alex Tucker, which is a big loss, but we do have some club guys coming in and we’re hoping our JV guys that we had this year that we can get them going a little bit earlier, and so I think were going to be still strong.”

Boh, Hogan, and Teichmiller all return next season.

Jacob Friede may be reached at jacob@lakelandtimes.com. or sports@lakelandtimes.com.