The Lakeland boys’ swim team traveled to Shawano on Thursday night and faced a Hawks team in a similar situation.

“We went in not knowing what to expect,” Lakeland head coach Chris Garcia said. “Shawano is in the same position as Lakeland with lots of new swimmers.”

But even as young as they are, the Thunderbirds were able to prevail 83-77, largely in part due to the core of experience remaining on the team.

Junior’s Brandon Boh and Tyler Teichmiller, as well as sophomore Liam Hogan and senior Alex Tucker, had a good night and showed the younger T-Birds how it’s done.

All four swimmers won at least two races.

Boh won the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke with times of 53.79 and 1:03.51 respectively.

“I thought Brandon Boh’s 100 free was especially promising,” Garcia said. “Brandon is a great racer, so will only get better.”

Teichmiller also had two wins under his belt. He won the 200 free in 2:02.81 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.02. His 200 time was just off his lifetime best.

“He was happy with that this early in the season and coming off the knee injury from last year,” Garcia said.

Liam Hogan’s pair of victories were the 50-yard free and 500 free with times of 23.33 and 5:24.90.  

Tucker won the 100-yard butterfly in 57.83 and 200 IM in 2:16.20.

“Alex Tucker was our lone competitor in the IM but came away with a 0.02 drop from his best time. He has been working incredibly hard this season, as always, and the effort is paying off,” Garcia said.  

Besides their individual dominance, all four swimmers were also part of a 400-yard relay team that won easily by almost 20 seconds, with a time of 3:43.34.

In addition to the core four, there were also some lifetime bests that highlighted the meet.  

Freshman Thomas Phillips had his best time in the 100 free, finishing in 1:03.03, and sophomore Joey Jurries had his career race in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:32.90.

The dominant results were the rewards of a tough early season grind.

“This past week was tough with two long away meets and not much practice time to work on the details,” Garcia said. “Overall Robert (Garcia, assistant coach) and I are super happy with the way the team is shaping up. We expect a lot and they are doing a great job of practicing hard and listening.”

Lakeland’s next meet is their home opener against Medford on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

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