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Fusion swims past Tigers

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boys swimming and diving team fell to the host team Sauk Centre/Melrose last Thursday, Jan. 9. Then on Saturday, Jan. 11, the Tigers took a tough loss at the Watertown-Mayer Invitational.

Sauk Centre/Melrose Meet

Two pool records were set by the Fusion Thursday night: the 200 free relay team of Matthew Beste, Justin Hoppe, Ben Heller, Brent Blommel swam a 1:33.72 and the 400 free relay of John Schwieters, Hoppe, Heller, Blommel swam a 3:29.47 shattering previous records. Sauk Centre/Melrose won every event but one against the young Tiger team.

In the 200 medley relay for varsity, Vaughn Dieter, Isaak Kolstad, Andrew Messner and Andrew Scheldorf took fourth with a 2:26.61.

Jacob Johnson and Aaron Goulet placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 freestyle. Johnson with a 2:35.56 and Goulet finished with a 2:57.15.

Messner swam a 1:22.59 in the 100 IM for junior varsity, good for third.

In the 200 IM, Dieter finished in 2:33.97, good for second place. Dieter beat out all swimmers time-wise in the final leg of the race, swimming the fastest with 33.47 split, over a second faster than first place finisher Isaac Schreiner from SC/M.

In the 50 free for JV, Kolstad took second with a 34.76. Hunter Ketterling and Derek Johnson also participated in the race. Ketterling with a 39.28 and Johnson with a 40.56.

In the 50 freestyle for varsity, Owen Ericksen and Scheldorf rounded out the top five, grabbing fourth and fifth, respectively. Ericksen clocked a 29.56 and Scheldorf finished the race with a 33.59.

Chris Tiernan got a personal best in the diving event for the Tigers, scoring a new season high 134.75. Tiernans score was good for second place.

Messner grabbed third in the 50 yard butterfly for JV.

The 100 freestyle for JV saw fourth and fifth place victories for the Tigers as Derek Johnson and Jacob Just place. Johnson finished fourth with a 1:32.92, while Just followed just a few milliseconds behind at 1:33.06.

In the 100 free for varsity, Jacob Johnson finished with a 1:09.63, just half a second in front of Owen Ericksen, who finished in 1:09.94 and took fifth place. Aaron Goulet also swam the 100 free, finishing in 1:17.73.

The JV Tigers took fourth in the 200 free relay event with the group of Brett Blom, Lee Eystad, Joe Polzin, and Ketterling finishing in 3:19.54.

For varsity, Aaron Goulet, Owen Ericksen, Scheldorf, and Jacob Johnson swam a 2:07.97. Ericksen had the fastest split time with a 28.03 in the 200 free relay. Just, Derek Johnson, Joe Goulet, and Kolstad finished fifth with a 2:45.02.

Dieter keeps improving in the 100 backstroke as he finished with a new personal best time of 1:07.04 and taking the first place victory for the Tigers.

Joe Goulet and Ketterling took first and second place finishes in the 100 breaststroke event for JV due to disqualification. Goulet swam a 1:56.89 and Ketterling a 1:57.96.

For varsity, Kolstad and Scheldorf took the points for first and second place as well due to disqualification. Kolstad swam a 1:40.81 while teammate Scheldorf came in 1:53.83.

The 400 free relay also took first place points for the Tiger varsity squad. The team of Messner, Owen Ericksen, Jacob Johnson, and Dieter finished in 4:32.26. Messner had the fastest split time with a 1:01.41.

Watertown-Mayer Invitational

The Tigers participated in the Watertown-Mayer Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 11. The young Tigers had tough competition during the West Central Conference meet.

There were no top ten finishes, but the Tigers still took away some positives from the meet.

The 200 medley relay team of Dieter, Kolstad, Messner, and Scheldorf took 18th with a 2:21.21.

Messner got a personal best time in the 200 IM with a 3:02.00. Dieter finished 14th with a 2:36.06.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the Tigers took 16th and 18th. The relay team of Scheldorf, Aaron Goulet, Jacob Johnson, and Messner finished 16th with a 2:07.60. Ketterling, Eystad, Polzin, and Joe Goulet finished in 2:53.01, placing 18th for the Tigers.

Dieter tied his personal best time in the 100 backstroke with a 1:07.04, good for 13th at the all conference meet.

The Tigers are now practicing up for True Team in Alexandria on Saturday, Jan. 18. Then the Tigers are back at the Regional Fitness Center hosting St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Brooke Kern

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