The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tiger swim and dive team competed at the Section 5A True Team meet Saturday, Jan. 19, in Sartell and finished with 297 team points. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Tigers were edged by Perham / New York Mills 73-71, in Morris.

“It was a very fun meet and the boys swam amazing,” Morris/C-A coach Anita Nelson said of the Perham meet Tuesday. “Tough loss, it was right at our fingertips. I knew it was going to be very close. We beat them last week in our triangular, but they were down five of their 12 guys, so I wasn't sure what would happen if they were full force.”

Nelson also played around with the line-up against Perham.

“I put Christopher (Just) and Mason (Dougherty) in the 200 IM…  We needed to have some points and neither of them have swam it this year. They did very well, but swam against two swimmers that swim it often.”

Solomon Johnson and Hunter VanEps provided a one-two finish to start the Tigers off with a 15-13 lead after two events.

“They both had phenomenal swims and placed exactly where we needed them to,” Nelson said of Johnson and VanEps.

Angel Gallegos and Levi Schmidgall also provided one-two finish in diving. Just and Johnson had a one-two finish in the 100-yard freestyle.

The Tigers next compete in a triangular with Montevideo and Willmar Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Montevideo.

Perham/NYM 73, Morris/C-A 71

200 MEDLEY RELAY – (2) Morris/C-A (Mason Dougherty, Abe Schmidgall, Joseph Goulet, Hunter VanEps) 2:14.21

200 FREE – (1) Solomon Johnson 2:18.61 (2) H. VanEps 2:29.06… (5) Sam Just 3:14.24

200 IM – (3) Christopher Just 2:49.27 (4) Dougherty 3:00.55

50 FREE – (3) Goulet 28.6 (4) Ryan Dingman 29.18 (5) A. Schmidgall 29.36… EX Angel Gallegos 31.06, Reid Tolifson 32.85, Daytona Hoberg 32.85, Kaden Burns 33.49, Levi Schmidgall 33.96, Matt Gomer 36.06, Paxton VanEps 40.43

DIVING – (1) Gallegos 107.5 (2) L. Schmidgall 90.09… EX Burns 38.9

100 FREE – (1) C. Just 58.19 (2) Johnson 1:00.63… (4) Goulet 1:03.97… EX David Varga 1:16.81, Hoberg 1:19.86, P. VanEps 1:34.9

200 FREE RELAY – (1) Morris/C-A (Johnson, Goulet, Dougherty, C. Just) 1:49.46… (3) Morris/C-A (L. Schmidgall, A. Schmidgall, Dingman, H. VanEps 1:59.14… (5) Morris/C-A (Varga, Hoberg, Tolifson, Gallegos) 2:13.37… EX Morris/C-A (P. VanEps, Burns, S. Just, Gomer) 2:27.94

100 BACK – (2) Dougherty 1:24.41

100 BREAST – (2) A. Schmidgall 1:21.09… (5) Dingman 1:38.94 (6) S. Just 1:51.61

400 FREE RELAY – (2) Morris/C-A (Gallegos, H. VanEps, Johnson, C. Just) 4:19.61… (4) Morris/C-A (S. Just, Gomer, Varga, Tolifson) 5:40.45

Section 5A True Team

TEAM SCORING – (1) Sartell St. Stephen 1557 (2) Alexandria 1347 (3) Melrose/Sauk Centre 1195 (4) Fergus Falls 926 (5) Bemidji 804 (6) Park Rapids 672 (7) Detroit Lakes 356 (8) Thief River Falls 325 (9) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 297

200 FREE – (17) Christopher Just 2:10.44… (26) David Varga 2:59.29

50 FREE – (20) Mason Dougherty 26.22 (27) Joseph Goulet 28.33 (30) Angel Gallegos 31.41 (33) Paxton VanEps 36.93

100 FREE – (14) C. Just 57.48 (21) Goulet 1:03.82 (26) Reid Tolifson 1:13.31 (28) Daytona  Hoberg 1:13.59

500 FREE – (20) Hunter VanEps 6:33.29

200 FREE RELAY – (13) Morris/C-A (Solomon Johnson, Goulet, Dougherty, C. Just) 1:47.87… (20) Morris/C-A (Abe Schmidgall, Levi Schmidgall, Gallegos, H. VanEps) 2:03.34… (26) Morris/C-A (Hoberg, David Varga, Gomer, Tolifson) 2:19.6 (27) Morris/C-A (Paxton VanEps, Sam Just, Kaden Burns, Barron Schneider) 2:26.02

100 BACK – (21) Dougherty 1:17.3 (28) Gomer 1:39.58 (29) L. Schmidgall 1:40.13 (30) Schneider 1:48.01

100 BREAST – (13) A. Schmidgall 1:20.31 (25) Sam Just 1:52

400 FREE RELAY – (14) Morris/C-A (Johnson, Goulet, Dougherty, C. Just) 4:08.81… (26) Morris/C-A (P. VanEps, Burns, S. Just, Gomer) 6:02.8