Muskego - Everyone associated with the Muskego boys swimming program felt the Warriors were set up for a successful 2012-13 season.
Most likely, however, no one thought they would be unbeaten in the state at this point in the campaign.
Muskego continued its incredible run last week, winning both the Classic 8/Greater Metro Conference Relays on Jan. 3 and the South Milwaukee Invitational on Saturday.
The Warriors have now won three major invitationals and taken second in another, trailing only a team from Illinois.
"We have all been working hard," said junior Joe Szczupakiewicz, who was a part of four first places at South Milwaukee. "We knew we would be good. All of us swam club in the summer, and we didn't lose much from last season.
"We knew we could do some damage in the new conference, but we are doing more than I thought we would do."
Warriors top Arrowhead
Muskego tallied 146 points to win the conference relays, topping Hartland Arrowhead, which was second with 126 points, and Brookfield, third with 121 points.
The Warriors won six of the 11 events. Allan Prichard, Thomas Stigler, Joe Paquette and Patrick Walsh prevailed in the 400 medley with 3 minutes, 47.88 seconds, while Paquette, Tyler Schrank, Stigler and Jon Roberts won the 400 individual medley at 3:58.
Walsh, Drew Borland, Matt Gilson and Szczupakiewicz claimed the 800 freestyle with 7:28.66 and Jon Kudronowicz, Gilson, Walsh and Szczupakiewicz captured the 500 freestyle in 4:29.68.
Borland, Paquette, Frank Schoyer and Prichard snared the 300 butterfly at 2:46.41 and Walsh, Clayton Cesarz, Prichard and Szczupakiewicz took the 400 freestyle in 3:27.
Finishing second were the 300 breaststroke group of Cesarz, Stigler, Schrank and Roberts (3:11.13) and the 200 medley unit of Schrank, Stigler, Paquette and Roberts (1:46.21).
Coming in third were Gilson, Roberts, Szczupakiewicz and Cesarz in the 200 freestyle (1:33.92) and Schrank, Prichard, Cesarz and Gilson in the 300 backstroke (2:51.14).
"The boys really focused for the relays," head coach Larry Milton said. "They wanted to prove to the rest of the conference that they can compete."
The junior varsity also won the relays, scoring 86 points.
Muskego wins 8 races
The Warriors won eight events at Saturday's South Milwaukee meet, including two individual races each from Szczupakiewicz and Roberts and one by Walsh.
Szczupakiewicz captured the 200 freestyle (1:48.63) and the 500 freestyle (4:44.49), while Roberts claimed the 50 freestyle (22.05 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (48.77) and Walsh the 100 butterfly (55.06).
Also winning were the 200 medley relay of Szczupakiewicz, Stigler, Walsh and Roberts (1:42.24), the 200 freestyle unit of Prichard, Paquette, Cesarz and Gilson (1:35.18) and the 400 freestyle group of Prichard, Szczupakiewicz, Walsh and Roberts (3:21.88).
Muskego took the first three spots in the 100 butterfly, with Prichard second (55.93) and Paquette third (56.22).
The Warriors had three of the top four finishes in the 200 freestyle, with Gilson second (1:55.1) and Borland fourth (1:58.83); the 500 freestyle, with Walsh second (4:50.74) and Borland fourth (5:10.81); and the 200 IM, with Paquette second (2:04.36), Stigler third (2:07.44) and Schrank fourth (2:12.89).
In the 100 backstroke, Gilson was third (58.67) and Prichard fourth (59.31) and in the 100 breaststroke, Stigler was second (1:03.19) and Cesarz fourth (1:07.43).
Muskego tallied 488 points to beat New Berlin's 271 in the 12-team event.
"The Rocket was a fun meet," Milton said. "We had some good swims and the kids enjoyed participating. Now we have to continue to work hard and prepare for the final push. It will not be easy."
The Warriors welcome Waukesha North for a Classic 8 dual meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
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