Netzel adds 2 more medals at state

In a sport with no defense such as swimming, all you can do is have a faster time than the previous year and hope that it holds up. For Plainfield junior Ryan Netzel, he did have faster times Saturday in both his state final races from the previous year, where he finished third and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle, respectively, but he managed just seventh and sixth-place finishes in the meet at New Trier. “This year’s junior class is just loaded,” Plainfield coach George Sam said. “There…

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Netzel wins pair of races at sectional meet

Plainfield’s Ryan Netzel took home a pair of victories at Saturday’s competitive Neuqua Valley Sectional. He won the 500-yard freestyle by nearly a second with a time of 4:36.87 and was victorious in the 200-yard freestyle by nearly two seconds with a time of 1:40.86. Despite not tapering, Netzel was able to post the state’s fifth best time in the 200 and was one second off of the top time. Netze also had the fifth best time in the 500, four seconds off the lead pace. Colton Paulson of Peoria…

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Plainfield swimming wins first Independent Conference title

The Plainfield swim team has been building up to this point in recent years and Saturday they completed their rise through the area by winning the Independent Conference title. Plainfield finished with 277 points, besting Riverside-Brookfield (258) and Oswego (254). Winners on the day went to Ryan Netzel in the 200 free (1:44.83) and 100 free (48.31), Jack Farnan in the 500 free (4:57.73), the 200 free relay of Netzel, Alex Dvorak, Merek Avery and Marc Avery (1:30.79), Merek Avery in the 100 back (54.15) and the 400 free relay…

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Plainfield swimming takes down Oswego for 4th straight year

It took a few years for Plainfield swimming to beat Oswego. But once it did, it hasn’t stopped since. That streak of wins hit four Tuesday night in Oswego. Winning events for Plainfield were the 200-yard medley relay of Merek Avery, Jack Farnan, Ryan Crafton and Austin Brown (1:46.01), Netzel in the 200 free (1:45.51) and 100 free (49.39), Alex Dvorak in the 50 free (23.4), Avery in the 200 IM (2:14.17) and 100 back (57.82), Liam Davis in the 500 free (5:07.32), the 200 free relay of Dvorak, Marc…

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Plainfield swimming wins at Bartlett for fourth time

Plainfield won the Fifth Annual Mike Coleman Invitational hosted by Bartlett for the fourth straight year Saturday, finishing with 143 points. West Chicago was second with 107. The 200 free relay of Ryan Netzel, Merek Avery, Marc Avery and Alex Dvorak and the 400 free relay of Netzel, Marc Avery, Dvorak and Liam Davis both won. Netzel also won the 200 and 500 free, Dvorak won the 100 free and Merek Avery won the 100 backstroke. Dvorak was second in the 200 free, Merek Avery was second in the 50 free, Jack…

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Plainfield swimmers enjoy successful break

The Plainfield swim team picked up a pair of victories last week. The week started with a triangular win, scoring 141 points to 110 from Riverside Brookfield and 67 from Fenton. Wins went to Ryan Netzel in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.63) and 100 free (50.83), Kyle Potts in the 50 free (23.00), Liam Davis in the 500 (5:09.63), Merek Avery in the 100 backstroke (57.15), the 200 free relay of Alex Dvorak, Avery, Potts and Netzel (1:41.44) and the 400 free of Netzel, Ryan Crafton, Marc Avery and Dvorak (3:31.84). Saturday,…

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Plainfield swimming take 2nd place at York

The Plainfield boys swim team came within two points of first Saturday at York, coming in second with 307 points. Deerfield won with 309. Winning events for Plainfield were the 400-yard freestyle relay of Ryan Netzel, Alex Dvorak, Ryan Crafton and Marc Avery, Netzel in the 200 and 500 free and Kyle Potts in the 100 IM. Taking second were the 200 medley relay of Merek Avery, Potts, Crafton and Dvorak, the 200 free relay of Dvorak, Merek Avery and Netzel and Crafton in the 100 fly. Placing third were…

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Plainfield swimming wins pair of tri meets

Plainfield swimming had a strong week last week, going unbeaten in a pair of triangular meets. In the first meet at Lockport, Plainfield (131) topped the Porters (119) and Andrew (70). All three relays took first place. The 200-yard medley relay of Merek Avery, Kyle Potts, Ryan Crafton and Alex Dvorak had a time of 1:45.93. The 200 free relay of Avery, Potts, Dvorak and Ryan Netzel had a time of 1:32.79. The 400 free relay of Avery, Potts, Dvorak and Netzel – had a time of 3:27.46. Individual wins went to Netzel in the  200 free…

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