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Lakers outswim the Tigers at home

Vaughn Dieter took the only first place finish for the Tigers in the 200 IM race against Detroit Lakes at the Regional Fitness Center in Morris on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Dieter swam a new personal best of 2:35.01 in the 200 IM.

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers took the pool against the boys from Detroit Lakes at the Regional Fitness Center on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Detroit Lakes has a powerhouse group of swimmers and divers and were victorious over the Tigers.

In the opening 200 medley for varsity, Vaughn Dieter, Issak Kolstad, Andrew Messner, and Peter Erickson finished with a 2:19.27.

The 200 freestyle had Jacob Johnson and Owen Erickson swimming the laps. J. Johnson finished with a 2:36.23 and O. Erickson swam a 2:38.77.

Dieter nabbed the only first place finish for the Tigers in the 200 IM, finishing with a new personal best time of 2:35.01. Messner also swam a personal best, cutting 17 seconds from his last 200 IM swim.

The 50 freestyle had a few rounds of Tigers in the water: exhibition, jv, and varsity. For JV and exhibition, Brett Blom finished with a 57.96, and Joseph Polzin swam a 47.01. Riley Rethemel swam a 56.43, Lee Eystad a 44.08, Joseph Goulet a 46.68, and Derek Johnson a 43.86. Also swimming the 50 free race was Hunter Ketterling and Jacob Just, who finished in 41.33 and 40.67 seconds, respectively. For varsity, Aaron Goulet swam the 50 free in 30.49, P. Erickson swam a 28.03, and Andrew Scheldorf finished in 32.51 seconds.

The diving portion of the meet was led by freshman Zane Freeman for Detroit Lakes. Chris Tiernan finished the diving event with a 107.15.

In the 100 freestyle race, Andrew Messner, J. Johnson, O. Erickson, P. Erickson all finished closely within one second of each other. Messner with a 1:09.11, O. Erickson with a 1:08.76, and J. Johnson with a 1:08.2. P. Erickson finished first in the Tiger cluster with 1:08.03. D. Johnson and A. Goulet also swam the 100 free, finishing with times of 1:38.17 and 1:14.70, respectively.

In the 200 free relay, for jv, Blom, Polzin, Rethemel, and Eystad finished in 3:15.56. Two groups swam the 200 free for varsity. The group Ketterling, J. Goulet,

D. Johnson, and Scheldorf finished in 2:43.32. The second group of Tiger swimmers were A. Goulet, Messner, J. Johnson, and O. Ericksen. They placed third with a time of 2:05.93.

Dieter brought his A-game in the 100 backstroke event. The race was neck and neck, but a Detroit Lakes swimmer out touched Dieter to take first. Dieter finished second with a personal best time of 1:07.06, just .02 seconds behind the first place Detroit Lakes swimmer.

In the 100 breaststroke, four Tigers participated. Isaak Kolstad finished ahead of the rest of the Tigers with a 1:44.96. Following Kolstad were Scheldorf and J. Goulet with times of 1:52.95 and 1:54.95, respectively. Ketterling finished with a 1:59.54 in the 100 breaststroke.

In the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, the Erickson brothers–Peter and Owen, J. Johnson and Dieter took to the pool, finishing with a 4:46.43.

The next swim meet for the Tigers is Thursday, Jan. 9 against Sauk Centre/Melrose in Sauk Centre. On Saturday, Jan. 11, the Tigers travel to Watertown-Mayer for a nonconference matchup, then the Tigers have an entire week of practice before traveling to Alexandria to take on the Cardinals on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Brooke Kern

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