Boys swimming: Craig extends winning streak over Parker

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John Barry
Friday, January 24, 2014

JANESVILLE—The boys swim rivalry between Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker has been lopsided for more than a decade.

The Cougars had won 13 straight dual meets between the two city schools heading into Friday's meet at Parker.

Make it 14.

Travis Reese won the 100 freestyle and Peter Loftus finished second in the 100 backstroke to lead the Cougars to a 98-72 win as part of a Big Eight Conference triangular in the Parker pool.

State powerhouse Madison West easily won the triangular, defeating Parker 123-47 and Craig 126-44.

Despite a close dual meet through the first seven events, the Cougars pulled away at the end to keep the winning streak intact.

“This means a lot to our team,” Loftus said of the streak. “We want to keep it going because it’s Parker.

“We weren’t worried so much about our times tonight as we were beating Parker. That’s the most important thing.”

Although West won nine of the 11 events, Janesville did get two winners as Reese won the 100 freestyle in 53.34 and Parker’s Mark Gosline won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.46.

Gosline, a junior, said beating Craig is still the team’s top priority.

“A lot of times we’re worried about the big meets on Saturdays because there are so many good teams there, but when it comes to Parker and Craig, nothing is bigger,” Gosline said. “Last night we had our spaghetti dinner where we tried to figure out what our best lineup was to try and beat Craig, and everybody was really pumped up tonight because we felt like we had a chance to do that.”

Gosline was third in the 200 freestyle, while teammate Sam Amundson was second in the 100 freestyle and Wyatt Jackson second in the 500 freestyle.

Craig’s Alex Condon was third in the 500 freestyle.

The Cougars compete at the Menomonee Falls Invitational today.

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