Ben Attenberger and Ryan Linnihan each won individual conference championships to lift the Brookfield Barracudas boys swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at the Classic 8 Conference Meet held Jan. 28 at Waukesha South High School.
The Barracudas accumulated 451 team points to come in behind top-ranked Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial (603 points) and third-ranked Arrowhead (496 points).
"Our finish at conference was not surprising as Waukesha South is the No. 1 team in the state and Arrowhead is ranked No. 3," Brookfield coach Bill Twitchell said. "We were pleasantly surprised by a couple of standout performances.
"The team was led by great swims out of Max Schroeder and the standout freshman duo of AJ Smith and Ido Korabelnikov."
Attenberger won the 100-yard breaststroke by breaking his own conference record by finishing in 58.99 seconds. The senior also took second place in the 200 freestyle with a time if 1 minute, 42.89 seconds.
Linnihan won his conference title in the 50 freestyle, finishing in 21.36 seconds. He claimed second place in the 100 freestyle in 47.32 seconds.
Junior Sam Kult earned second-place finishes in the 200 IM in 2:00.78 and in the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.90. Sophomore Joseph Decker took third in the 100 butterfly in 54.75, freshman Michael Linnihan was fifth in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.27 and sixth in the 500 freestyle in 5:01.52, junior Eric Chen took fifth in the 100 butterfly in 57.82, sophomore Braden Rumpit placed fifth in the 1-meter dive with a score of 343.15 and sophomore Brian Daniels was seventh in the 500 freestyle in 5:05.79.
The Barracudas took third in the 200 freestyle relay with junior Emer Martinez, Attenberger, Michael Linnihan and Ryan Linnihan posting a time of 1:30.44 and third in the 400 freestyle relay with Michael Linnihan, Kult, Attenberger and Ryan Linnihan finishing in 3:19.05. The team of freshman Nick Elwing, Decker, senior Gus Brunette and freshman Ido Korabelnikov tied for fifth in the 200 medley relay in 1:44.42.
Brookfield will next compete at the Homestead sectional. The diving portion of the sectional will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 at a location yet to be determined, with swimming events held Saturday, Feb. 11 at Homestead High School.
"It is a difficult time of year to access our future success," Twitchell said. "Some boys are rested and finishing their season, while for others, this time of year corresponds to their greatest training load."