With seniors Danny Larson and Cal Hartt adding to their already successful careers with a pair of individual event titles, the Wauwatosa Hurricanes boys swimming and diving team cruised to the team championship at its own Bob White Invitational on Jan. 28 at Wauwatosa West High School.
Tosa earned 411.5 team points to win the nine-team meet over Greenfield/Greendale/Pius XI (363 points) and Oak Creek (332.5).
"I am very proud of the performance of the Hurricanes this weekend," Wauwatosa coach Heidi Hegwood said. "We had a lot of unexpected swims. The boys really wanted this win and they went out and got it. I do not know the last time the Hurricanes won this meet, so this win really means something special to them."
Larson took first place in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1 minute, 45.32 seconds and in the 500 freestyle in 4:42.10. Hartt won the 200 freestyle in 1:45.32, and the 100 butterfly in 53.93 seconds.
The duo joined senior Caleb Vollmers and junior Nick Thuli to place first in the 200 medley relay in 1:41.69 and in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:20.54.
"Cal and Danny both had a great meet and led the team with four golds," Hegwood said. "However, we couldn't have won this meet without the many other boys who swam well and moved up in their top-16 placing.
"Every point counts and we had a few swimmers who just stepped up and moved up placing. Now we just need to do this again on Saturday (at the Woodland Conference Meet)."
Thuli came in second place in the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.03 and took third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.99. Vollmers earned fourth-place finishes in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.96 and the 500 freestyle in 5:12.99.
Senior Chris Guinen tied for sixth in the 50 freestyle in 24.72 seconds, junior Ian Kruse claimed eighth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.84 and freshman Sam Stolpe was ninth in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.73.
The relay team of Kruse, senior Mathieu St. Amour, Guinen and junior Henry Tyson took fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:42.98.
Tosa will swim next at the Woodland Conference Meet on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Greenfield High School.
"The boys team hasn't won conference since 2001 and we will be changing conferences next year," Hegwood said. "This is our last shot to win the Woodland Conference.
"(Winning the Bob White Invite) gets the boys fired up for our conference championship. However, the boys are not going in on top. We know we are still the underdogs against defending champions Greenfield/Greendale/Pius even with the win this weekend."