Spencer Stluka lowered his school record in the 50-yard freestyle and earned first place in the event during the Oregon boys swimming team’s 103-67 Badger West Conference dual loss to Sauk Prairie on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Sauk Prairie High School.

Stluka reset his program record with a time of 21.91 seconds.

The Panthers then took fourth place at the Boys College Events Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Stoughton High School.

“Overall, the meet was a fun challenge where guys got to experience some longer events typically only swum at the collegiate and club levels,” Oregon head coach Justin Sawran said. “We had numerous lifetime and season best splits and swims. We are heading into the final weeks looking strong.”

Sauk Prairie 103, Oregon 67

Josh Weber and Mason Konopacki both added first-place finishes for the Panthers.

Weber clocked in at 57.88 in the 100 butterfly to take first in the event. No other swimmer finished sub one minute. Konopacki’s victory came in the 100 backstroke, finishing with a time of 1:01.88. He just edged out Sauk’s Austin Kaukl, who clocked in at 1:01.90.

Individual runner-up finishes for Oregon included Blake Pankratz (200 free, 2:02.86), Stluka (100 free, 48.84) Riley Fahey (500 free, 6:21.91) and Jack Nowka (100 breaststroke, 1:11.46).

In the first varsity event of the night, Fahey, Nowka, Weber and Konopacki teamed up for a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. In the 200 free relay, Jack Christiansen, Oliver Wiedemann, Pankratz and Stluka earned second-place honors with a time of 1:41.09. Weber, Pankratz, Konopacki and Stluka took second in the 400 free relay with a 3:32.71.

College Events Invitational

Stluka and Weber both swam to first-place finishes for the Panthers.

Stluka touched the wall first in the 200 free with a time of 1:50.40. Weber finished first in the 100 free with a time of 51.19. Stluka also added a fifth-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a 2:29.51.

Stluka helped lead the 200 free relay — made up of Wiedemann, Konopacki and Weber — to a runner-up finish with a 1:37.67. Oregon’s 400 medley relay team of Stluka, Weber, Nowka and Konopacki finished fourth with a time of 4:11.33, just edging out host Stoughton (4:12.07). Konopacki swam a lifetime-best split of 51.51 anchoring the 100 yard free leg.

Konopacki and Weber took fourth and sixth in the 50 free, respectively. Konopacki had a lifetime best of 23.35, while Weber clocked in at 23.73.

“Weber's time doesn't reflect his best showing as his goggles fell off on the start and he performed an open turn rather than a flip turn at the shallow end of the pool, making it that much more impressive that he was able to finish among the top eight,” Sawran said.

Pankratz had an eighth-place finish in the 1,000 yard free, clocking in at 11:55.91.

Plainfield (Illinois) finished first with 624 points, ahead of runner-up McFarland (452).

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