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Tigers host Apollo at RFC

Aaron Goulet swims the 50 free against Apollo on Thursday, Jan. 231 / 2
Peter Erickson swims the freestyle leg of the 200 yard medley relay against St. Cloud Apollo at the RFC Thursday night.2 / 2

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers hosted St. Cloud Apollo at the Regional Fitness Center on Thursday, Jan. 23. The Tiger boys were unevenly matched in both swimming and diving events, but kept up with the Eagles in some events.

The 200 yard medley relay team took third, finishing just over two seconds behind second place Apollo relay team. The relay team of Vaughn Dieter, Isaak Kolstad, Andrew Messner, and Peter Erickson clocked a 2:18.03.

Lucas Gerads for Apollo took first in the 200 yard freestyle, touching 20 seconds before anyone else at 2:03.90. Owen Erickson swam a 2:37.31 for the Tigers.

Dieter and Messner participated in the 200 IM, finishing in 2:32.78 and 2:59.41, respectively.

In the 50 free, P. Erickson finished top of the Tigers at third place with 28.39. Aaron Goulet (31.01) and Andrew Scheldorf (31.34) took fifth and sixth for the Tigers.

According to last years records, the swimmers who made state appearances swam the 100 yard butterfly in under one minute. Gerads finished the race uncontested with a 1:00.43 for Apollo, hoping by the end of February he’ll have a few more seconds shaved off his time and make the state trip.

The 100 free saw the Erickson brothers, Owen and Peter, and Jacob Johnson finish in the top four for the Tigers. Owen finished second with a 1:05.42, Johnson a 1:06.21 in third, and Peter rounding out the top four with a 1:07.65.

Three Tigers were in the pool for the gruesome 500 yard freestyle race: Joseph Goulet (8:37.64), Jacob Just (9:19.36), and Chris Tiernan (9:38.27).

In the 200 yard freestyle relay, A. Goulet, O. Erickson, Messner, and J. Johnson finished third with a relay time of 2:01.96. Erickson had the fastest split of the group with 25.34. Derek Johnson, Hunter Ketterling, Kolstad, and Scheldorf made top five with a 2:26.54. The fastest split (24.81) came from the anchor, Scheldorf.

Dieter owned the 100 backstroke event, almost tying his personal best of 1:06.66 which he set at the True Team meet the previous Saturday in Alexandria. Dieter finished with a 1:06.90 and first place by five seconds for the Tigers against Apollo.

The 400 yard freestyle relay teams did well against Apollo. The Erickson brothers, J. Johnson, and Dieter finished in 4:37.68, good for second. The team of D. Johnson, Scheldorf, A. Goulet, and Messner finished in 5:06.05.

The Tigers next meet is a home triangular on Thursday, Feb. 6. The Tigers will host Montevideo and Sauk Centre/Melrose with the diving event starting at 4 p.m. and swimming to follow.

Brooke Kern

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