On Saturday, the Morris Area boys' swim team traveled to Fergus Falls for the traditional inaugural meet of the 2008-09 high school swimming season. This year's Otter Invite featured seven teams which finished in the following order: Fergus Falls, Fargo South, Perham, Detroit Lakes, Thief River Falls, Park Rapids, and Morris. In all, 153 swimmers, making a total of 352 entries, made for a spirited early-season meet.
The Morris squad, despite being the smallest and by far the youngest, competed well and each swimmer was able to set some important early-season baseline times by which to evaluate their progress for the rest of the season.
The Tigers have six new swimmers this season. They are Vaughn Dieter, Yasha Hoffman, Roberto Gameiro, Brandon Pry, Jason Rinkenberger, and Dillon Morehouse.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Hoffmann finished with a time of 58.33, Dieter in 44.45, Pry in 44.42, Dillon Morehouse with a 41.67, and Gameiro a 38.39. Dieter and Pry also swam the 100-yard freestyle with times of 1:42.49 and 1:48.50, respectively.
The Tigers also have eight returning swimmers with varsity experience. They are juniors Stefan Lemke and Austin Schieler, sophomores Matthew Cotter and Otto Kildegaard, freshman Jacob Erickson, and eighth graders Gage Anderson, Mickey Cotter, and Roy Reese.
In the 50-yard butterfly, Anderson finished with a time of 38.29 while Mickey Cotter came in with a time of 49.87.
Reese swam the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:15.49.
Matt Cotter swam the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:27.02.
Lemke swam the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.90 and the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.85.
Schieler swam the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:11.27 and also the 200-yard freestyle with time of 2:19.24.
In the 200 medley relay, the A team of Kildegaard, Matthew Cotter, Anderson, and Morehouse finished with a 2:30.00. The B team of Reese, Dieter, Mickey Cotter, and Gameiro finished with a 2:53.44.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the A team of Lemke (23.37), Schieler (25.35), Matt Cotter (27.97), and Kildegaard (29.41) finished with a time of 1:46.22. The B team of Anderson (30.80), Mickey Cotter (36.23), Dieter (42.94), and Reese (27.30) finished with a time of 2:17.30. The C team of Pry (48.00), Hoffman (57.66), Morehouse (46.58), and Gamiero (40.36) finished with a time of 3:13.88.
In the 400 free relay, the A team of Schieler (1:00.48), Matthew Cotter (1:06.32), Reese (1:04.55), and Lemke (51.42) finished with a time of 4:03.17, while the B team of Anderson (1:12.98), Mickey Cotter (1:27.07), Dieter (1:42.58), and Kildegaard (1:08.66) finished with a time of 5:31.29.
This Thursday the Morris Area boys' swim team hosts the Yellowjackets from Perham at the RFC Competition pool at 6 p.m.