The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tiger boys swimming and diving team recorded 155 points for fifth place at the season opening Fergus Falls Invitational Saturday, Dec. 8, in Fergus Falls.

“This was the first time that we have placed higher than last place at this invite since I have been coaching,” MACA head coach Anita Nelson said. “It was such a fun day and fun seeing the kids faces light up.”

Christopher Just really impressed in the season opener. He took second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.28 and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.32. He was also a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay that took third.

“Christopher (Just) just blew me out of the water with his swims,” Nelson said. “He always swim very well at this meet, but those times were awesome! It sets him up to have a really great season.”

The third-place 400-yard freestyle relay included Hunter VanEps, Mason Dougherty, Joseph Goulet and Just. Together they clocked a 4:26.41.

Sam Just took third in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 50.42 seconds. Hunter VanEps took fourth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:28.87. Daytona Hoberg had a fifth place finish in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 47.1 seconds.

The 200-yard freestyle relay of VanEps, Goulet, Dougherty and C. Just took fifth place with a time of 1:51.81.

“The boys all swam so well,” Nelson said of the season opener. “It gave me an idea of where the new kids are at for the year and what we can work on moving forward.”

The Tigers next host Montevideo Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Regional Fitness Center in Morris.

TEAM SCORING – (1) Fergus Falls 484 (2) Park Rapids 414 (3) Perham / New York Mills 174 (4) Detroit Lakes 170 (5) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 155 (6) Thief River Falls 112

200 FREE – (4) Hunter VanEps 2:28.87

100 IM – (10) Mason Dougherty 1:19.89 (11) David Varga 1:39.10

50 FREE – (4) Christopher Just 25.32 (13) Joseph Goulet 28.65, Angel Gallegos 31.72, Daytona Hoberg 32.13

100 FREE – (2) C. Just 56.28 (8) Dougherty 1:06.53 (9) VanEps 1:08.51 (11) Reid Tolifson 1:14.23

200 FREE RELAY – (5) Morris/C-A (VanEps, Goulet, Dougherty, C. Just) 1:51.81 (10) Morris/C-A (Tolifson, Abe Schmidgall, Levi Schmidgall, Hoberg) 2:15.08

50 BACK – (5) Hoberg 47.1 (8) Paxton VanEps 57.01

50 BREAST – (3) S. Just 50.42

100 BREAST – (7) Goulet 1:28.58 (9) A. Schmidgall 1:32.76

400 FREE RELAY – (3) Morris/C-A (VanEps, Dougherty, Goulet, C. Just) 4:26.41 (8) Morris/C-A (Gallegoes, Schneider, S. Just, Varga) 5:31.14