Vikings see potential in boys swim opener

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Gazette staff
December 7, 2013

Janesville Parker lost its first Big Eight Conference boys swimming meet to Madison East, 88-82, Friday night, but coach Eric Rhodes believes there are good things ahead.

“As a whole, there were a lot of surprises,” Rhodes said after his Viking squad lost to the Purgolders. “There was a lot of improvement, and they’re working really hard. We’re headed in the right direction, and I’m feeling pretty good about it.”

Mark Gosline, Sam Amundson, Austin Wolter and Wyatt Jackson are the Vikings’ top swimmers.

Gosline dominated the 200 freestyle Friday, winning by nearly 22 seconds in 1:58.14. He also won the 500 freestyle in 5:37.93.

Amundson won the 100 freestyle in 54.21 and was second in the 200 individual medley.

Gosline and Amundson will be regulars in the 200 freestyle, and Gosline also will be in the 200 individual medley.

Jackson’s specialty is the 500 freestyle, where he finished second to Gosline.

Wolter provided Parker’s other individual first-place finish Friday, winning the 100 backstroke in 1:03.42.

Freshman Ethan Perry provided a spark Friday night, finishing second in the 50 freestyle in 25.21.

“He lettered in his first high school meet,” Rhodes said. “That’s what is great about this, what little freshman kid or what kid that didn’t go out last year will appear?”

Rhodes has a roster of 27 swimmers.

Parker will compete at the Craig Relays today.

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