South’s Brock Kovacic also sets diving mark
by Dave Boehler
Beacon Sports Editor
Another swim meet, another record for Sheboygan North’s Will Hayon.
The freshman, who already set seven of them this season, added more to his total Saturday in the Fox River Classic Conference championship meet at North.
The highlight was in the 50-yard freestyle, which he won with a time of 20.96 seconds.
The time broke the school mark set by Dan Rowlands in 2004 (21.20), the pool record Hayon set earlier this season (21.49) and the conference mark held since 2009 by Ashwaubenon’s Jake Pelishek (22.07).
“He did really well without even being on taper,” North coach Deylin Steinbruecker said. “So he’s even going to be faster at sectionals and state. He’s already done some good time drops without (being rested) yet.”
Hayon also led off the record-setting 200 medley relay that finished in 1:38.89 to eclipse the previous conference mark of 1:38.99 set by Green Bay United last year. Teammates included Charles Broghammer, Andrew Leal and Connor Cleveland.
“That was the goal time when we were at sectionals or state,” Steinbruecker said. “They did that this weekend, so that was a bit unexpected.”
Hayon, Patrick Fisher, Jackson Pond and Cleveland were also on the winning 200 free relay team that finished in 1:30.68.
The performances helped North finish second in the team standings with 500.5 points. Bay Port was first with 559.
“We were shooting for that,” Steinbruecker said. “When I seeded the meet for scoring when I got the Psyche Sheet, we were a lot farther behind Bay Port. We finished a lot closer than expected. We did a lot better than expected, definitely.”
Sheboygan South finished in seventh place with 90 points, highlighted by senior Brock Kovacic setting a pool record for diving with 425.90 points to erase the old mark of 367.70 set in 2014 by North’s Marcel Harris.