The Morris Area Stingrays traveled to Montevideo on Thursday where superior numbers allowed the Thunderhawks to pile up points for a 98-59 varsity win and a 96-37 junior varsity win. Despite being outnumbered 43 to 11 in swimmers, the Stingrays took four first-place and six second-place finishes, as well as cutting times in 16 of 20 individual events.
A highlight of the meet was Austin Schieler's achievement of two section times, as well as a first- and second-place finish, in the 200- and 100-yard freestyle events with times of 2:10.21, a 5.21-second cut, and 56.99, a 1.39-second cut.
Also, the varsity 400-yard freestyle relay team picked up their first win of the season with a season-best time of 3:56.64. Stefan Lemke swam the lead-off with a 52.08, followed by Gage Anderson's 1:04.88 and Roy Reese's 1:03.53, with Schieler as the anchor with a 57.15.
In the 200-yard medley relay, the varsity team of Jason Rinkenberger (backstroke 48.87), Brandon Pry (breaststroke 47.32), Anderson (butterfly 35.51), and Dillon Morehouse (freestyle, 33.35) came in with a third-place 2:45.05. Meanwhile, the junior varsity team of Jacob Erickson (backstroke 37.06), Mickey Cotter (breaststroke 44.08), Vaughn Dieter (butterfly 53.29), and Roberto Gameiro (freestyle 34.42) finished with a third-place time of 2:48.85.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Reese cut 7.56 seconds off his time to finish with a time of 2:21.08. In the JV 200-yard freestyle, Dieter finished second with a time of 3:18.84.
In the 200 individual medley, Lemke won the event with a time of 2:12.75, a 0.70-second cut. Lemke is just 2.31 seconds away from the state time cut in this event. Mickey Cotter swam in the JV 100-yard individual medley for the first time this season and came with a time of 1:39.78.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Morehouse cut 2.05 seconds to come in with a time of 33.52, while Dieter cut 9.92 seconds to finish with a 34.53. In the JV 50 free, Gameiro cut 0.43 seconds to take second place with a time of 34.85.
Erickson earned a season-high 108.85 points in the one-meter diving event.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Anderson finished with a time of 1:28.96. In the JV 50-yard butterfly, Dieter took first place with a time of 53.01.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Rinkenberger cut 8.86 seconds off his time to come in with a 1:19.81. In the JV 100 free, Morehouse cut 21.17 seconds to finish with a 1:19.99, he was followed by Pry's 1:22.21, a 7.22-second cut, and Gameiro's 1:23.57, a 6.04-second cut.
Lemke took his second first-place finish of the evening with a season-best 5:09.73 in the 500-yard freestyle. This time is five seconds under the state time cut.
In the 200 free relay, the Stingrays took second place with a time of 1:45.31, with the following splits: Lemke (23.18), Anderson (29.01), Reese (27.71), and Schieler (25.41). The JV 200 free relay team of Morehouse (35.32), Pry (39.16), Mickey Cotter (35.37), and Erickson (29.16), finished with a 2:19.01.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Reese took second place with a 1:13.70, just 2.70 seconds over the section time cut. In the JV 100 backstroke, Rinkenberger came in with a 1:45.24, a cut of 1.88 seconds.
In the 100 yard-breaststroke, Mickey Cotter cut 5.09 seconds to come in with a season-best time of 1:40.29. In the JV 100 breast, Pry finished with another season-best time of 1:41.88, a cut of 3.77 seconds.
In the JV 400 freestyle relay, the team of Dieter (1:35.40), Gameiro (1:26.72), Rinkenberger (1:25. 32), and Erickson (1:10. 37) finished with a time of 5:37.81.