Boys Swimming: Red Wing secures Missota win over Shakopee
Coming away with eight first-place finishes, the 8th-ranked (1A) Red Wing boys swimming and diving team pulled away with a 94-87 Missota Conference victory over Shakopee Thursday at Twin Bluff Middle School.
"Tonight's meet was a great success," said Wingers head coach Kevin O'Brien. "Not only did the boys win, but the vast majority of them dropped time in races they haven't swam for a while, largely because they had phenomenal turns."
The 200-yard medley relay team of Hunter Connelly, Chris Byrne, Nolan Schmidt and Dan O'Keefe got Red Wing rolling with a first-place time of 1 minute, 49.58 seconds. Two events later, Ethan Myers won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:15.74, .18 seconds quicker than the Sabers' Vandon Duong.
Adam Sienczak clinched victories in the 50 freestyle (23.24) and the 100 butterfly (58.80), while Tanner Alms cruised victories in the 100 freestyle (49.61) and 100 backstroke (55.38).
Two more Winger relay teams took top honors. In the 200 freestyle relay, O'Keefe, Ted Toegel, Josh Berg and Sienczak took a first-place time of 1:37.12, while Alms, Sienczak, O'Keefe and Mayers won the 400 freestyle relay at 3:47.49.
With the emphasis in practice this week on turns and technique, O'Brien was pleased to see the results pay off on Tuesday.
"We have been drilling them, trying to dolphin off the ball and be aggressive in and out during turns," O'Brien said. "Tonight, they did just that and they knew it."
On Saturday, the Wingers will take part in the True Team state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Red Wing qualified as a wild card team for the third consecutive year.
"This is a great way to go into Saturday's True Team meet," O'Brien said. "The boys are excited and enjoyed the break from races they normally swim. They will hopefully remember how well they swam tonight and what they did to swim like that this weekend."