With the way the Shorewood Invitational is set up, the Brookfield Barracudas boys swimming and diving team was able to show off the depth of its roster.
Brookfield did not win a single event but had 10 different swimmers earn top-10 finishes to take the team title at the 10-team meet held Jan. 14 at Shorewood High School. With 429.5 points, the Barracudas held off second-place Franklin with 418 points and third-place Monona Grove with 370 points.
"This type of meet really resonates with our team philosophy," Brookfield coach Bill Twitchell said. "We stress that it takes every man, every time, to win a meet. The guys who place in the top three make the headlines, but the guys who don't get the headlines win the meet."
Senior Ben Attenberger took second place in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 44.57 seconds and was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 0.07 seconds.
Junior Sam Kult swam to a second-place finish in the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 0.62 seconds and came in third in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 0.93 seconds. Senior Ryan Linnihan took second in the 100 freestyle in 48.63 seconds and third in the 50 freestyle in 21.97 seconds.
The Barracudas also received a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with the team of freshman Michael Linnihan, Attenberger, Kult and Ryan Linnihan posting a time of 3 minutes, 16.29 seconds and a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay with Kult, Attenberger, sophomore Joseph Decker and Ryan Linnihan finishing the race in 1 minute, 41.20 seconds.
Michael Linnihan earned fifth place in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle; freshman Nick Elwing was fifth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 butterfly; sophomore Brian Daniels was fourth in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 200 freestyle; and Decker was fourth in the 100 butterfly and ninth in the 500 freestyle.
Also earning top-10 finishes for Brookfield were junior Eric Chen (sixth in 200 IM), freshman Ido Korabelnikov (seventh in 100 backstroke) and senior Gus Brunette (10th in 100 breaststroke).
The relay team of Chen, junior Emer Martinez, senior Max Schroeder and Michael Linnihan was fourth in the 200 freestyle, and the team of Elwing, Brunette, freshman Kyle Lee and Korabelnikov was seventh in the same race. Decker, Daniels, freshman A.J. Smith and Chen came in seventh in the 400 freestyle relay.
"In the past decade, there have eight different team that have taken second in this invite, while we have won the meet eight times," Twitchell said. "Every year there is a new kid looking for the crown, but they have to go through the Barracudas, which proves a bit more difficult than they imagined."
Before winning the Shorewood Invite, Brookfield split a pair of Classic 8 Conference dual meets last week. The Barracudas downed Marquette, 115-82, on Jan. 10 and lost, 121-81, to Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial, the top-ranked team in the state at the time, on Jan. 12.