The heart of the prep boys swimming season has arrived, and that means — with athletes in the midst of strenuous training geared toward peaking come the end of the year — times are by and large pedestrian at the moment.
They weren’t for Wayland/Beaver Dam/Randolph’s Tia Thomas and Jon White on Saturday at the Fond du Lac Invite, though.
Thomas, a junior who is competing in the winter because Wayland doesn’t field a girls team in the fall, broke the Wayland girls school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 5.41 seconds, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:06.1 set by Melissa Hill in 1994.
“She has been working so hard and we are very proud of her,” W/BD coach Jenna Wisdorf said. “We know that she will break this record again and are excited to see what she does the rest of the season.”
White was W/BD’s only medalist, as the sophomore took sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.68.
“Jon is someone that works so hard day in and day out,” Wisdorf said. “He has big goals for this season and we are excited to see him accomplish those.”
W/BD took 11th out of the 15 teams competing at the invite, finishing with 51 points. Racine Case was 10th with 60 points and Madison Memorial was 12th with 34 points — all well behind champion Sun Prairie (581.5) and runner-up Howard-Suamico Bay Port (389.5).
“We are at the point in the season where everyone is broken down and tired,” Wisdorf said. “They swam well for being as tired as they are.”