DCU Boys Swimmers Dive into Division 1 for 2022-23

Door County United’s (DCU) cooperative boys swim team wrapped up the 2021-22 season by placing 13th at the WIAA Division 2 state meet, where the team had seven swimmers compete in six events for which they qualified: three relays and three individual races. Last season, DCU also won its second conference championship in three years.

Jacob Norton recorded the team’s top individual finish at state when he placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke. Norton is one of five DCU state participants to have graduated after last season, along with Drew Rass, Ethan Almstadt, Connor Thompson and James Pollock.

This season will be Erin Peterson’s first one as DCU’s head coach as the team moves to Division 1.

Peterson’s list of top returning athletes includes Logan Filar and Race Kasten.

This season’s team, Peterson said, is very diverse, with several swimmers able to compete in all four strokes, but it’s also young and lacks high school swimming experience.

Peterson said the team’s goals include building on the success of last year’s team, as well as qualifying relays and individual swimmers for the state competition in February.

Adjusting to the change in divisions and being a competitive team in Division 1 are Peterson’s biggest concerns, but the head coach is also looking forward to the “potential for growth throughout the season and the opportunity for the boys to step up as leaders, challenging ourselves to more intense competition.”

Peterson said the top opponents on the schedule this season include Plymouth and Kiel within the conference, and Green Bay United outside the conference.

DCU’s first meet was scheduled for Nov. 22, on the road against Chilton and Green Bay United.

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