NP swimmers shine bright on state stage

New Prague senior Willem Serie left the starting block just as Alexander Dvorak touched the wall in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the state meet Friday at the University of Minnesota. Despite their best effort, the Trojans didn’t make the finals in the event. The group’s time of 1:32.90 beat the team’s old record by over 3 seconds. (John Mueller photo)

Wrapping up its season in fine fashion, the New Prague High School boys swimmers at the state meet represented their young program well last week.

The Trojans advanced swimmers in four of five events to the state finals, with Brendan Panka and Jacob Bisek swimming their way to the medal stand. Swimmers broke several school records.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Brendan Panka finished third with a school record time of 1:43.59. His time in the preliminary race was 1:44.08. Last year’s school record time in the event was 1:46.88.

Jacob Bisek finished 13th in the 50-yard freestyle and seventh in the 500-yard freestyle. In the 50-yard race, Bisek finished in 22.34 seconds. His time for the preliminary race was 22.10 seconds. The old school record was 23.48 seconds.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Bisek finished...

To see more on this story pick up the March 8, 2023 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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