Loftus tops Craig boys swim prospects

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Gazette staff
Saturday, December 7, 2013

Janesville Craig boys swimming coach Brian Kitzman believes Peter Loftus’ two victories in the Cougars opening Big Eight Conference meet of the season Friday night is an indication of things to come.

Loftus, a junior, won the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, but Craig fell to the Wildcats, 103-67.

“He’s absolutely is our top swimmer,” Kitzman said of Loftus.

Loftus will be a regular in the backstroke, but could switch off between the freestyle and 200 individual medley throughout the season.

“We’ll just try to figure out what gives him the best chance to get to state,” Kitzman said.

The Cougars only have 21 swimmers out, which is the fewest Kitzman has ever had.

“But that doesn’t mean we’re inexperienced,” Kitzman said. “Our top 10 or 12 guys were heavily leaned on last year. We have experience with our top guys. We just need some other guys to step up and fill in the gaps.”

Three seniors are team captains. They are Erik Tollefsrud, Zach Boutelle and Travis Reese.

Tollefsrud finished second in the 50 freestyle, Boutelle was second in the 100 breaststroke and Reese was second in the 100 freestyle against Verona.

Other juniors on the team besides Loftus are Brayson Lindau, Collin Wojcik and Dearach McCarthy.

Sullivan Bradley and Alex Condon are two sophomores who are expected to provide points this season. Bradley provided a pair of second-place finishes in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly Friday.

Craig hosts the Cougar Relays starting at 10 a.m. today. Other teams will be Parker, Greenfield/Greendale, Menomonee Falls/Hamilton/Germantown, Stoughton and Elkhorn.

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