The nerves were evident, but the Antigo Red Robins boys swim team was back in the pool for the first time in two seasons Tuesday, competing at the D.C. Everest Pentathlon.
The meet featured a mix of solid times and unfortunate disqualifications, but the foundation has been set for what coach Ryne Levis hopes will be a season of constant improvement.
“Had a few disappointing disqualifications, but they are to be expected this early in the season,” he said. “Getting the first meet jitters out of the way I expect times to be improved in the coming meets.”
The pentathlon format featured times added together from five separate events, the 50 yard butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle and 100 yard individual medley.
Antigo’s top finisher came from the freshman ranks, as Ezra Santiago gave a glimpse of what could be to come, finishing in 29th overall with a combined time of 3:22.64, just over a second behind the 28th place finisher, Aaron Panske of Oshkosh West.
A total of 44 swimmers qualified for the final standings after completing all five swims, with 84 comprising the event.
Dawson Behm was next up for the Robins in 42nd place, with an ending time of 4:23.20. Zander Reetz took 44th, totaling 5:04.20. Both are freshman swimmers.
Junior Karl Busse turned in some great times despite some disqualifications, including a 26.66 in the 50 freestyle.
Aiden Anderson, a sophomore, was hampered by a DQ and a non-start, but turned in finishing times in both the 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke.
David Mayer of D.C. Everest was the meet winner, totaling a four-event time of 2:42.76. It was over six seconds better than the runner up, Daniel J. Gillingham of Rhinelander.
The Robins can now turn their attention to their first Great Northern Conference dual meet, as Shawano visits the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center on Tuesday.
“Looking forward to conference meets where the guys can thrive in their respective strokes and distances,” Levis added.
Tuesday’s meet is a 5:30 p.m. start.