Royals swim in three meets

The Watertown-Mayer/Delano swimming and diving team had a busy week last week, when the Royals were in action three times. The Royals opened with a 56-44 loss at Litchfield on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and followed that with a 90-80 home loss to Marshall on Thursday, Sept. 27, in a meet that came down to the final event. The Royals were also in action on Saturday, Sept. 29, when they competed in an invitational at Buffalo.

The Royals had two event wins in Litchfield at the first meet of the week. Andi Jo Shrode scored 179.15 points to win the diving competition, and the 400-meter freestyle relay team of Sommer Heikkila, Noelle Johnson, Sophia Fillmore and Kayla Stevens also finished first with a time of 3:38.68.

Heikkila also had a pair of second place finishes, as did Stevens. Heikkila was second in the 200 IM (2:31.97) and the 100 butterfly  (1:12.83), while Stevens was second in the 200 freestyle (2:07.06) and the 100 freestyle (59.82).

Johnson also had a second-place finish for the Royals in the 500-meter freestyle, finishing with a time of 5:51.85. Third-place finishes for Watertown-Mayer/Delano belonged to Alexa Asbury in the 50 freestyle (27.92), Klara Koch in the 100 butterfly (1:14.44), Mady Hendricks in the 500 freestyle (6:11.22) and Mia Lindgren in the 100 backstroke (1:11.59).

On Thursday night, the Royals hosted Marshall, and were led by the 200 freestyle relay team, which finished first with a time of 1:49.52. The team consisted of Addie Weber, Asbury, Koch and Stevens.

Stevens once again also had second-place finishes in both the 100 freestyle (59.82) and the 200 freestyle (2:07.06). Other swimmers with two finishes in the top three included Johnson, who was second in the 500 freestyle (5:47.49) and third in the 200 freestyle (2:13.22); Heikkila, who was second in the 200 IM (2:32.79) and third in the 100 butterfly (1:12.61); Lindgren, who was second in the 100 backstroke (1:15.55) and third in the 200 IM (2:36.92); and Weber, who was second in the 50 freestyle (28.07) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.04). Fillmore also finished third in the 100 freestyle (1:01.90), Koch was third in the 50 freestyle (28.21) and Thea Clark was third in the 100 backstroke (1:11.72).

In the Royals’ final meet of the week, the four-team invitational at Buffalo, the Royals one only one event on the day, but it was big one. Shrode took first place in diving, breaking the old school record by about 30 points in the process.

Noelle Johnson also had a pair of top-five finishes, placing fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:49.10 and fifth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:11.97. Stevens had a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:07.26, and Heikkila was fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:32.56. Jenna Grangroth also took fifth place in the 200 IM with a time of 2:33.47. Kalley Johnson finished fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:21.53.

The Royals will be back in the home pool on Thursday, Oct. 4. The Royals will play host to Hutchinson at 6 p.m.

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