Back in the pool for a Missota Conference meet for the first time since Jan. 16, the Red Wing boys swimming and diving team pulled off a slim 96-90 victory Tuesday at Shakopee.
“This was a great meet for the boys, and tough at the same time,” Wingers head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “Without having practice Thursday last week, Monday this week and the weekend in between, the boys did not feel very loose or fast. But to their benefit, many swam races they have not swum for a while.”
Right away, Red Wing took a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay as the team of Hunter Connelly, Ben Schaffer, Nolan Schmidt and Dan O’Keefe won with a time of 1 minute, 47.21 seconds. Tanner Alms (1:46.85) and Nolan Schmidt (2:16:84) followed up with wins in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley, respectively.
In the 1-meter dive, Chris Byrne notched a win for Red Wing with a score of 186.90, edging the Sabers’ Eric Conniff’s score of 183.25.
Schmidt secured his second win of the night in the 100 butterfly (1:00.02), and Alms took a break from the 500 to win the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.96. Connelly went on to win the 500 with a time of 5:15.01, and also got the win in the 100 backstroke at 56.04.
Two other Winger relay teams – the 200 and 400 freestyles – took first place in their respective events. The 200 relay of O’Keefe, Byrne, Garrett Welsch and Tanner Alms won with a time of 1:33.59. The 400, with Connelly, Welsch, Calvin Roth and Tanner Alms, won at 3:28.83.