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Swim: Tigers shake up line-up in 2019 debut

The Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta boys swimming and diving team had to do some changing up of the line up being without three swimmers during the first meet of 2019 Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Detroit Lakes. In a triangular with the Lakers, Thief River Falls and the Tigers, Morris/C-A finished with 87 points.

“I was down three (Tuesday)... We had a couple of guys sick, so if they would have been there I think we would have seen a little bit more points scored,” Morris/C-A coach Anita Nelson said. “The Detroit Lakes pool is also a lot warmer than our pool, so we are always happy to see some good swims and have fun when we are done there.”

The Tigers had seven runner-up finishes and set 12 season bests. Of the 12 bests, nine were set by swimmers participating in the event for the first time this season.

Christopher Just participated in the 200-yard freestyle (2:14.09) and the 500-yard freestyle (6:26.35) for the first time this season, and he finished second place in both.

“It was fun to watch Christopher Just do well in new events that he’s not used to,” Nelson said.

Mason Dougherty also had a second place finish as he clocked a season best 1:01.53 in the 100-yard freestyle. He also took fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.72.

“Mason Dougherty had two great swims and finished exactly where we needed him to in those events,” Nelson said.

Abe Schmidgall finished in second place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a new season best time of 1:27.54.

The Tigers also earned relay points by placing second in all three relays. The 200-yard medley relay of Dougherty, Schmidgall, Joseph Goulet and Hunter VanEps finished in 2:17.27. The 200-yard freestyle relay of Dougherty, Solomon Johnson, Goulet, and Just finished in 1:52.05, and the 400-yard freestyle relay of Daytona Hoberg, Johnson, VanEps and Just finished in 4:32.56 to round out the seven second-place finishes for Morris/C-A.

Senior Levi Schmidgall dove in his first meet at the Detroit Lakes triangular. He scored 97.9 points in his debut on the diving board and took third in the meet.

“It was his first meet and he completed successfully all six dives, which is an accomplishment in itself,” Nelson said. “When Angel is healthy and back on the board, we could see a pretty good duo from those two.”

The Tigers are next in action Tuesday, Jan. 15 in a home triangular with Perham and Sauk Centre/Melrose at 6 p.m., in Morris.

DL triangular

TEAM SCORING – (1) Detroit Lakes 113 (2) Thief River Falls 96 (3) Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 87

200 MEDLEY RELAY – (2) Morris/C-A (Mason Dougherty, Abe Schmidgall, Joseph Goulet, Hunter VanEps) 2:17.27

200 FREE – (2) Christopher Just 2:14.09 (4) Solomon Johnson 2:24.76

50 FREE – (4) Dougherty 26.72 (5) Goulet 28.98 (7) Hunter VanEps 29.27 (8) Reid Tolifson 32.47… Daytona Hoberg 33.14, Levi Schmidgall 33.34, David Varga 35.33, Kaden Burns 36.00, Sam Just 37.66, Paxton VanEps 42.14

DIVING – (3) Schmidgall 97.9… Barron Schneider 47.4

100 FREE – (2) Dougherty 1:01.53 (4) H. VanEps 1:09.01 (6) Tolifson 1:14.31 (9) Hoberg 1:19.5… Varga 1:20.22

500 FREE – (2) Just 6:26.35

200 FREE RELAY – (2) Morris/C-A (Dougherty, Johnson, Goulet, Just) 1:52.05 (4) Morris/C-A (Schmidgall, Abe Schmidgall, Hoberg, Tolifson) 2:15.33

100 BACK – (5) Sam Just 1:44.68 (6) P. VanEps 2:16.88

100 BREAST – (2) A. Schmidgall 1:27.54 (3) Goulet 1:32.71 (5) Burns 2:01.33

400 FREE RELAY – (2) Morris/C-A (Hoberg, Johnson, H. VanEps, C. Just) 4:32.56 (4) Morris/C-A (L. Schmidgall, Tolifson, S. Just, Varga) 5:56.42

Brooke Kern

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