HTR Media All-Area Boys Swimming Team: Lincoln's Riley Neuser a leader by example

HTR Media All-Area Boys Swimming Team: Lincoln's Riley Neuser a leader by example

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HTR Media All-Area Boys Swimming Team: Lincoln's Riley Neuser a leader by example

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The Manitowoc Lincoln boys swimming team went through a changing of the guard this season following the graduation of 2013 HTR Media Swimmer of the Year Aaron Hochkammer. In stepped Ships junior Riley Neuser.

Neuser, the 2014 Swimmer of the Year, was a state qualifier in the 200 freestyle as well as a member of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays which made the trip to Madison. He ended up finishing 18th in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.47, which was right on par with seeding of 1:47.75.

In the relays, Neuser and teammates Damian Klemish, John Cress and twin brother Dylan Neuser took 21st in the 200 medley (1:43.41) and 18th in the 400 free (3:20.84).

When the season began it was Riley who set the tone for Lincoln, according to Ships coach Mike Zupek, filling the leadership role vacated by Hochkammer.

“Riley really stepped up as a leader in both practice and meets from Day 1,” Zupek said. “He led by example, always giving his all whether it was in practice or the state meet which the other kids followed.”

While Neuser excels in the freestyle, Zupek says he continues to strive to improve in every facet.

“Riley puts his best effort in every race,” Zupek said. “He helped the team grow together and become successful.”

Zupek hopes to see Neuser win two individual Fox River Classic Conference titles next season after taking home the title in the 200 free (1:47.14) this winter.

“I think Riley has a shot to make it back to State and I see him able to continue to grow as a leader,” Zupek said.

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ALL-AREA BOYS SWIMMING TEAM

* Jordan Appel, jr., BVC

* Kipp Dietrich, so., Kiel

* Noah Draxler, sr., Kiel

* Riley Friederichs, sr., BVC

* Codie Hayes, fr., BVC (diving)

* Damian Klemish, jr., Lincoln

* Dylan Neuser, jr., Lincoln

* Riley Neuser, jr. Lincoln (Swimmer of the Year)

* Zach Siikarla, sr., BVC

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