Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boy’s swimming took a trip to Alexandria this past weekend to compete in the True Team Section 5A meet on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Though the Tigers didn’t finish as one of the top teams, coach Anita Nelson mentioned how hard working and proud she is of her group of swimmers.
“This meet proved how hard we’ve been working,” Nelson said. “And how much we’ve improved since our first meet.”
Though the Tigers are in midseason with a very busy meet schedule and rigorous practice schedule, they are still improving their times, some even by multiple seconds.
“We may not win our meets or even our events, but we are winning as a team and as individuals,” Nelson said.
“I could not be more proud of these boys and their spirits,” Nelson said. “They always try their hardest and always come out of the pool with big smiles.”
The Tigers improved in every aspect of Saturday’s meet, setting new personal bests in almost every event.
In the 200 medley relay, Vaughn Dieter, Isaak Kolstad, Andrew Messner, and Peter Erickson placed 22nd with a new personal best time of 2:18.75. Dieters backstroke split was 31.84. Kolstad swam the breaststroke in 43.89. Messner finished the butterfly in 33.9 seconds, and P. Erickson swam freestyle anchor in 29.12.
Jacob Johnson and Owen Erickson competed in the 200 freestyle for the Tigers. Both swimmers swam to set a new personal best time. O. Erickson with a 2:43.26, and Johnson swam a 2:29.65, cutting five seconds off his previous personal best.
Dieter took 13th in the 200 IM with a 2:31.36, a new personal best, beating his previous record by three seconds.
In the 50 free, P. Erickson swam a 28.48 and Lee Eystad swam a 44.16. Aaron Goulet improved his personal best, finishing in 31.68 seconds, and Joe Polzin, who finished in 44.82 seconds, also beat his previous personal best.
Along with Messner and Derek Johnson, A. Goulet and P. Erickson also swam the 100 freestyle race. D. Johnson and A. Goulet both improved their personal best times. D. Johnson cut four seconds, finishing with a 1:28.23, and A. Goulet cut two seconds, finishing in 1:11.15. Messner finished with a 1:09.92, shortly behind P. Erickson who finished with a 1:07.09.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the Tiger team of Messner, Andrew Scheldorf, O. Erickson, and J. Johnson came in 19th with a 1:59.45. Two other Tiger relays participated in the 200 free. Joseph Goulet, Kolstad, Hunter Ketterling, and D. Johnson finished with a 2:39.36. Lastly, coming in 3:12.59 was Brett Blom, Polzin, Eystad, and Jacob Just.
Dieter took another 13th place with his finish in the 100 backstroke. Dieter finished with a new personal best 1:06.66.
In the 100 breaststroke, Kolstad, J. Goulet, and Ketterling all finished back-to-back. Kolstad came out front of the rest of the Tigers, finishing with a 1:41.62. J. Goulet finished in 1:50.93, and Kettlerling came in at 1:52.91.
The Tigers did very well in the 400 freestyle relay, the team of P. Erickson, Messner, O. Erickson, and Dieter taking 15th place. Everyone improved their splits and finished with a time of 4:21.86. Also swimming the 400 relay was Just, A. Goulet, Scheldorf, and J. Johnson, who finished in 4:57.39 for the Tigers.
The Tigers next meet is “Pack the Pool” night on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the RFC in Morris. The Tigers take on St. Cloud Apollo starting at 6 p.m.