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Lakeland’s Brandon Boh qualified for state in the 100 freestyle this year and finished 16th.
Jacob friede/lakeland times

Lakeland’s Brandon Boh qualified for state in the 100 freestyle this year and finished 16th.
The Lakeland boys’ swim team maintained its status as a Great Northern Conference power in 2018-19.

The Thunderbirds finished 7-3 in dual meets, only losing to Rhinelander, twice, and Tomahawk. They also captured four individual conference titles and finished third at the conference meet as a team.

At sectionals they took four more individual titles, finished second as a team, and sent four swimmers to state that represented the T-Birds in eight different races in Madison.

The successful season was a led by Lakeland’s core four swimmers: senior Alex Tucker, sophomore Liam Hogan, and juniors Tyler Teichmiller and Brandon Boh.

Tucker was the conference champion and sectional champion in the 200 freestyle. And at state he swam to 11th place in the 200 free.

Hogan was conference champion in the 50 yard freestyle and 500 freestyle and sectional champ in the 500 free. At state he finished second in the 50 free and ninth in the 500 free.

Teichmiller was sectional champ in the 200 yard individual medley in which he finished 10th at state. He also swam to 12th place at Madison in the 100 yard backstroke. 

Boh qualified for state in the 100 yard free and finished 16th.

All four swimmers combined forces to qualify for state in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay where they finished sixth and fourth respectively.

“The goal is to swim faster as the year goes on,” said Lakeland head coach Chris Garcia.  “The boys train to have their better meets at the end of the season.  Conference, sectionals, and state.  The four that made it to state did their best all season and their hard work was rewarded in the end. We were excited about great performances by all the guys. We were really happy to have two relays qualify and all members of those relays qualify in individual events.”

Garcia also noted strong seasons from freshman Ethan Jeschke and Sam Black and sophomores Thomas Phillips and Alex Steinberger.  They all will be back next year for the Thunderbirds. As will Hogan, Teichmiller and Boh.  

Not only are the Thunderbirds bringing back a strong group of experienced swimmers next year, but Garcia is also looking forward to the incoming class of freshman.

“Next season we are looking forward to gaining some strong club swimmers. I am looking forward to having a good group from club to move up to high school. Each swimmer will contribute right away in a variety of events,” he said.

Rhinelander was the champion this year in the Great Northern Conference. They were followed by Tomahawk, Lakeland, Shawano, Medford, and Antigo.

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