Boys Swimming: Century slips by Red Wing
Going down to the final race of the night, Rochester Century was able to edge the Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team Thursday for a 95-91 Big Nine Conference dual meet in Rochester.
“The boys swam really well and had some great races. Swimming at JM (Rochester John Marshall) certainly has its challenges due to the high sides and no gutters to help get around on open turns,” said Wingers head coach Kevin O'Brien. “But we were able to practice turns with no gutter to grab Wednesday before the meet, so the guys knew what to expect.”
Senior Ben Schaffer had two of Red Wing's four victories on Thursday, with first-place times in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 10.67 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:04.24). William Meacham also finished first in the 100 butterfly in 53.96.
Ten of the Wingers' points came from a 1-2 finish in diving. Jonas Hart took top honors with a score of 170.00, setting a new personal best by 13.10 points. De Jong finished in second place at 163.75.
Coming back from a shoulder injury, Trent Dieman was able to cut 5.25 seconds from his 100 backstroke for a time of 1:06.09, good for third place. Nick Bayley managed to cut his 50 freestyle down by 2.28 seconds for a time of 26.40, while Brickey in the 200 individual medley (1.81-second drop; 2:23.13 finish) and Meacham in the 200 freestyle (1.20; 1:58.44) also dropped over a second from their personal bests.
In the final race, the 400 freestyle relay, Century's top foursome finished with a time of 3:28.98 for eight points while Red Wing's top team of Meacham, Konner Brickey, Jayden Jech and Schaffer was second at 3:28.29 for four points.On Thursday, Feb. 2, the Wingers are back at home for a Big Nine dual against Rochester JM.
Simley 94, Red Wing 84
Competing against Section 1A rival Simley on Tuesday, William Meacham got Red Wing's lone victory as the Spartans won the meet, 94-84, in Inver Grove Heights.
Meacham's first-place finish came in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.17 seconds.
In the 100 freestyle, the Wingers got a 2-3 finish thanks to Ben Schaffer (51.60) and Jayden Jech (52.59). And in the 200 individual medley, Schaffer (2:08.48) and Meacham (2:12.84) also finished 2-3.
Two more Red Wing swimmers – Jech (200 freestyle, 1:58.50) and Ian Johnson (100 backstroke, 1:04.04) – had second-place finishes on Tuesday.