Grafton's Sean O'Connor and Cedarburg's Will Hobbs both won a pair of events to help their swimming and diving teams finish strongly in the Cedarburg Invitational on Jan. 7.
O'Connor claimed the 200-yard freestyle with 1 minute, 44.55 seconds and the 100 butterfly with 53.14 seconds to boost the Black Hawks to second place with 298 points in the 16-team meet, which was won by Franklin with 435 points.
Hobbs matched him with victories in the 50 freestyle at 21.71 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 47.57 seconds to lift his Bulldogs to third place with 266 points, edging fourth-place Menomonee Falls by one-half point.
Both coaches were pleased with the showings in the invitational and hope that they will serve as a springboard for the rest of the season.
"It looks like all our hard work over the holiday break paid off, and we are looking for more good things to happen as we head into the final third of our season," Grafton coach Mark Minz said.
Cedarburg's Amit Kaul said, "Most of our boys stepped up and swam to season-best times. We competed well and are looking forward to finishing the (North Shore) Conference season and postseason."
A total of three local relay teams placed second: Grafton's 200 medley squad of Charley Hanney, Jack Senczyszyn, O'Connor and Adam Schacht with 1 minute, 42.46 seconds; Cedarburg's 200 freestyle unit of Hobbs, Owen Carr, Kevin Glomski and Evan Geiser at 1:31.85; and Grafton's 400 freestyle group of Jake Herlache, Nick Starr, Schacht and O'Connor in 3:20.64.
The Hawks also snared a pair of third places, with Senczyszyn in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.34) and the 200 freestyle unit of Senczyszyn, Hanney, Herlache and Schacht (1:33.54).
"It was great to see all three of our A relays finishing in the top three," Minz said.
The Bulldogs took third place in the 400 freestyle relay with Carr, Geiser, Glomski and Hobbs (3:24.23).
Coming in fourth for Grafton were Herlache in the 200 freestyle (1:52.5) and the 100 freestyle (50.13) and Starr in the 200 individual medley (2:04.69).
Jimmy Radtke of Cedarburg finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.98).
Cedarburg's Josh Bote captured fifth in the 200 IM (2:11.32), and sixth places went to the Bulldogs' Carr in the 200 freestyle (1:53.23) and Bote, Radtke, Kaleb Kaiser and Tyler Grissom in the 200 medley relay (1:49.96).
Snaring sixth for Grafton were Starr in the 500 freestyle (5:12.89) and Hanney in the 100 backstroke (1:01.03).
Grafton's Harry Niswonger secured seventh in the diving (268.65 points), and eighth places went to Cedarburg's Carr in the 100 butterfly (57.26) and Geiser in the 500 freestyle (5:17.17).
The Bulldogs will compete in the Shorewood Invitational at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and the Hawks will welcome Port Washington for a North Shore Conference dual meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.