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Fusion swims past competition in WRC

Senior Andrew Scheldorf dives into the water to swim the second leg of the 200 freestyle relay during the Western Regional Championships on Thursday, Feb. 6. In the water just finishing his stretch of the race is Aaron Goulet. The team took fifth overall with a time of 2:02.68.1 / 2
Lee Eystad swims the 50 free during the Western Regional Championships on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the RFC.2 / 2

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers hosted the Western Regional Championships at the Regional Fitness Center on Thursday, Feb. 6. Montevideo and the Sauk Centre/Melrose Fusion participated with the Tigers in the boys swimming and diving action.

The Fusion won the overall competition with 264 points, taking all top three spots in 200 IM, 50 free and 100 free.

Montevideos Jack Spaeth broke the WRC record in the 100 butterfly last Thursday night. The record was previously 56.78, and Spaeth finished in 56.60.

The young Tigers did well, regardless of being out swam in nearly every event. Both Montevideo and the Fusion are older and more experienced teams, sending swimmers to the Class A State Meet in multiple events last year. Coach Anita Nelson says the boys are still excited to swim and compete every day in preparing for the Section 5A meet in Alexandria on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22.

Vaughn Dieter, Isaak Kolstad, Andrew Messner, and Peter Erickson finished with a 2:18.04 in the 200 medley relay event, tying their personal best time. Dieters split was a 31.1 in the backstroke. Kolstad (breaststroke) and Messner (butterfly) swam a 43.54 and 34.77, respectively, and Erickson swam the freestyle anchor in 28.46.

Jacob Johnson swam the 200 freestyle for the Tigers, finishing in 2:31.44. Johnsons fastest split was 34.38 in the race.

Dieter finished fourth in the 200 IM, finishing with a 2:33.02 and splits of 34.98, 38.43, 46.89, 32.72.

The 50 free saw four heats and 11 Tigers swimming the race. Peter and Owen Erickson rounded out the top ten, placing ninth and tenth, respectively. Owen took third in his own heat with a 28.61, a new personal best. Peter finished with a 28.54. Aaron Goulet swam a new PBS of 30.05, and Andrew Scheldorf swam a 31.57. Also swimming the 50 freestyle race was Kolstad (34.25), Derek Johnson (35.6), Hunter Ketterling (37.19), Joe Goulet (38.44), Joe Polzin (42.30), Lee Eystad (46.14), and Brett Blom (1:02.82).

Chris Tiernan took seventh in the one-meter diving event with a score of 198.90.

In the 100 yard freestyle race, the Erickson brothers, J. Johnson, Messner, A. Goulet, D. Johnson, and Scheldorf all competed. Peter and J. Johnson finished less than a second apart with 1:07.10 and 1:07.59, respectively. Messner came in 1:08.69, and A. Goulet finished with a 1:09.05, cutting two seconds from his previous personal best in the 100 free. Owen finished with a 1:10.03, Scheldorf swam a 1:11.11, and D. Johnson cut four seconds with a new personal best of 1:25.18.

The Tigers had three relay teams participate in the 200 yard freestyle race. A. Goulet (29.95), Scheldorf (37.41), Owen (25.08), and J. Johnson (30.34) took fifth, finishing in 2:02.68. The sixth place Tiger team made up of Messner, J. Goulet, D. Johnson, and Kolstad swam a 2:18.70 for a new personal best. Blom, Polzin, Eystad, and Ketterling together swam a 3:07.72.

Dieter held seventh for 100 yard backstroke with a 1:08.18.

In the 100 yard breaststroke, Kolstad swam a 1:40.25, coming in ahead of the rest of the Tiger swimmers. J. Goulet finished next with a 1:45.68, followed by Ketterling with a 1:52.48.

In the final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Tiger relay team of Erickson brothers, J. Johnson, and Dieter finished with a 4:25.20.

The Tigers will hit the pool against Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Feb. 11 before gearing up for Section 5A individual competition in Alexandria on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22.

Brooke Kern

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