The Lakeland boys swim team won 10 of 11 events on Jan. 3 and their dominance at the top of the podium helped them secure an 88-76 win over Shawano at the LUHS pool.

Lakeland’s core of Liam Hogan, Alex Tucker, Brandon Boh, and Tyler Teichmiller was terrific, with each swimmer winning two different events. 

Hogan won the 200 freestyle in 1:56.68 and the 500 free in 5:00.56, a time which was almost a minute ahead of Shawano’s Peter Fuller who came in second.

Tucker won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly with times of 2:16.21 and 1:00.74 respectively.

Boh took the 50 yard freestyle in 23.71 and the 100 backstroke in 1:03. 52, and Teichmiller won the 100 free in 53.47 and the 100 fly in 1:06.56. 

Almost all the races were decisive, with the closest being the 50-yard free, where Boh edged Shawano’s Collin Buerman by 1.88 seconds.

The only race Shawano was able to win was the 400 freestyle relay. In that race, the Hawk’s Peter Fuller, Collin Buerman, Josh Bergmann, and Camden Kroll touched out just ahead of Lakeland’s Sam Black, Thomas Phillips, Teichmiller, and Boh. Shawano finished the 400 free in 3:53.67 while Lakeland finished in 3:54.47. 

Though they didn’t win a race, Shawano stayed in the meet by refusing to give up any second place spots, and they also took the majority of third place finishes. 

But Lakeland controlled first place and therefore took the majority of points enroute to the 88-76 victory. 

The superb swimming continued for the Thunderbirds when they traveled to Ashwaubenon on Saturday for the Jaguar Invite, where 12 schools competed.

The T-Birds were able to place a number of swimmers in the top six.

The 200 medley relay team of Boh, Teichmiller, Tucker, and Hogan took third with a time of 1:46.03, and those same four also swam the 400 free relay and took fourth with a time of 3:25.92.

Individually they all had a good day as well in Ashwaubenon.

Hogan finished second in the 50 free and third in the 500 yard free with times of 22.01 and 2:04.40 respectively.

Teichmiller finished fourth in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100 breaststroke with times of 2:11.81 and 1:05.29.

Boh finished fifth in the 100 free with a time of 51.16, and Tucker finished sixth in the 100 butterfly in 58.62.

As a team, Lakeland finished sixth with 162 points. That was behind Bay Port, who won the invite with 466 points, Appleton North-East with 321, Stevens Point with 281.5, Ashwaubenon with 268, and Rhinelander with 248 points. 

The T-Birds finished ahead of Appleton West/Kimberly who finished with 152.5 points, Oshkosh North Lourdes. who had 127, Fond du Lac .who scored 95, Pulaski, who scored 69, Tomahawk, who scored 46, and Shawano, who scored 41.

Next up for the Thunderbirds is a dual at Medford on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 

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