Badger’s Steven Haworth competes in the 500-yard freestyle during the Southern Lakes Conference championship. (Contributed photo/Regional News)

Badger’s swim team traveled to Jefferson High School on Jan. 2 for the Southern Lakes Conference championship meet.

The Badger boys did well, finishing in second out of eight teams. Not only that, but Badger’s score of 515 was only 16 points behind Elkhorn’s 531, but 156 points above third-place Burlington, showing just how close the Badgers were to taking the top spot.

The first event of the day was the 200-yard medley relay, where Badger’s top team of Thomas Whowell, Tommy Anderson, Andreas Scocos and Jackson Biller took third place.

In the 200-yard freestyle, three Badgers finished in a row, as Benton Greenberg took fifth, Carson Biller finished sixth and Ben Shane placed seventh.

Jackson Biller was Badger’s best finisher in the 200-yard individual medley, placing fourth. Nolan Cassidy followed him with a seventh-place finish and Tommy Anderson took ninth.

Otto Goebel finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle. Evan Gerold took sixth in the event, and Brandon Hirschmann placed eighth.

The 100-yard butterfly saw another Badger fourth-place finish, as Whowell finished fourth. Scocos and Sid Koschkee finished back-to-back in fifth and sixth respectively.

For the fourth straight event, a Badger occupied the fourth spot, as Jackson Biller took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle. Gerold was close behind in fifth.

Badger’s best all-around performance of the day came in the 500-yard freestyle, where the team had four swimmers qualify for the podium. Steven Haworth finished in second place, followed by Greenberg in third. Carson Biller came in fifth place, and Shane in sixth to close it out.

Next up was the 200-yard freestyle relay, where the team of Gerold, Goebel, Scocos and Greenberg took second place.

Whowell put forth the team’s best performance of the day by finishing in first place in the 100-yard backstroke. In doing so, he was the only Badger to win the conference in his event.

Koschkee took fifth and Geils took sixth in the 100-yard backstroke as well.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Cassidy finished fifth with Anderson right behind in sixth. Nathaniel Rafe placed 11th in the event.

The 400-yard freestyle relay was the last of the day, and Badger closed it out with a bang, as the team of Gerold, Whowell, Greenberg and Jackson Biller placed second. With the finish, all of Badger’s relay teams made the podium.

Badger’s swimmers will travel to Pleasant Prairie on Feb. 9 to compete in the Sectional meet with a shot at qualifying for the state championship on the line.