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Tigers finish season strong

The entire Tiger team cheering on Vaughn Dieter has he swims a new personal best for 13th place in the 100 backstroke Friday night

Alexandria–The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tiger boys swimming participated in the Section 5A meet on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. Though the boys didn’t win any events, everyone who participated did cut time to set new personal best times, most even bettered their times from Friday to Saturday. The goal for individual swims at sections is to make top 16 in prelims. That means you get a chance to make it to state on championship round Saturday. Though the Tigers only had one swimmer make top 16 solely, all relay teams participated on Saturday as well.

In the 200 medley relay, Vaughn Dieter, Peter Erickson, Andrew Messner, and Andrew Scheldorf swam a 2:18.29 during preliminary rounds on Friday– a slight drop from their previous personal best. In the consolation heat on Saturday, the team dropped nearly five seconds with everyone cutting time on their splits. The largest drop was over a two second cut by Messner from 36.05 seconds Friday night to a 33.75 second finish on Saturday. The team finished the race with a new personal best 2:13.77.

In the 200 yard IM, Dieter finished in 2:30.35 on Friday night, good for 18th place, but not good enough to race in the finals on Saturday.

Owen Erickson and Aaron Goulet swam the 50 free in the prelims Friday night. Erickson finished in 28.5, and Goulet cut two seconds off his personal best, finishing with a 29.54.

In the 100 yard freestyle, P. Erickson finished with a personal best time of 1:04.05, and Jacob Johnson finished preliminary round in 1:08.30.

In the 200 yard freestyle relay, the team of Goulet, Scheldorf, O. Erickson, and Johnson dropped over three seconds from Friday to Saturday's heat. On Friday, the boys finished in 2:00.03, and on Saturday the final time was 1:56.48. Johnson finished in 29.70 seconds, almost two seconds faster than his finish the day previous.

Friday night was a big night for the Tigers in the 100 backstroke and senior captain Vaughn Dieter. Dieter got the sole top 16 finish for the Tigers, finishing in 1:05.04– a new personal best and good enough for 13th place in prelims. On Saturday in the consolation heat, Dieter cut more time, outdoing himself for a 1:04.25, placing 13th again.

Last event of both nights was the 400 yard freestyle relay. P. Erickson, O. Erickson, Johnson, and Dieter finished in 4:26.20 Friday night, but the real surprise was Saturdays performance when the boys all improved their split times for a new season best finish. On Saturday in the consolation heat, the boys dropped 10 seconds from their day previous time and beat their personal best by five seconds, coming in with a 4:16.18. Every single split was improved from Friday to Saturday’s heat. O. Erickson and Johnson had the biggest time drops. Johnson went from 33.05 and 1:11.84 on Friday to 31.64 and 1:08.51 on Saturday. O. Erickson swam a 32.02 and 1:10.62 on Friday to a quick 29.47 and 1:06.20 on Saturday.

All and all a great Tiger showing at sections and a final race for four Tiger seniors: Vaughn Dieter, Aaron Goulet, Peter Erickson, and Andrew Scheldorf. Next year will be interesting, trying to replace these four leaders in the pool.

Brooke Kern

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