The Watertown-Mayer/Waconia/Delano/Holy Family boys’ swimming and diving team lost its first dual meet of the season last week, 91-79 at home to Hutchinson, but rebounded two days later to finish in fourth place at the eight-team Jaguar Invite, hosted by Bloomington Jefferson on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Minnetonka won the invite with 536 points and Bloomington Jefferson was second with 482.5. Buffalo took third with 473.5 points, and WMWDHF was fourth with 251, just ahead of Eagan at 245.
Royals head coach Chuck Charnstrom said the star of the meet for his team was Zach Holman, who won two individual events, and also led off his team’s victorious 200-yard freestyle relay. Holman’s 50-yard time in that event would have been fast enough to win the 50-yard freestyle event, which consisted of 100 swimmers, but not Holman.
Holman did, however, win the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard Individual Medley. In the 100 Free, he finished with a time of 51.55 seconds, and in the 200 IM, he finished with a time of 2:09.4.
Holman also led off the 200 Freestyle relay, and was joined on that squad by Kurt Gilbertson, Jack Dalluge and Shawn Wasser. The Royals finished with a time of 1:37.37.
The Royals also fared well in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing fourth. That team consisted of Wasser, Dalluge, Brent Unowsky and Holman, and finished with a time of 3:44.32.
The Royals had a number of other strong individual finishes at the invitational, particularly in the freestyle events. Gilbertson finished third in the deep field of the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in with a time of 24.78 seconds. In the 100-yard freestyle, a field that also included more than 75 swimmers, Wasser finished in fourth place with a time of 54.98
In the 200-yard IM, Ben DeSutter wasn’t far behind Holman, finishing sixth with a time of 2:25.71. Drew Wolfe added a seventh-place finish in diving with 222.8 points, and Tylor Franklin earned the Royals’ final top-10 finish by placing 10th with a time of 57.39 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle.
The Royals were a bit less fortunate in the first home dual of the season, against Hutchinson, on Thursday, Dec. 13. The meet was close throughout, with Hutchinson nursing a 73-67 lead with two events left. However, the Tigers then took the top two spots in the 100-yard breaststroke and won the 400-yard freestyle relay to close the meet with a 91-79 win.
The Royals won two events on the day, both of them by Holman. His winning time of 2:10.23 in the 20-yard IM gave the Royals a 24-22 lead after three events, their only lead of the evening. Holman also won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:30.16, helping the Royals close to within four points with four events left to go at that time.
DeSutter had two second-place finishes in individual events for the Royals. He was second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.42, and he was also second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.62.
Dalluge finished second in the 200-freestyle with a time of 2:03.60, and Franklin was second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.91 seconds. Wasser finished second in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking in with a time of 54.75 seconds.
The Royals finished in second place in all three relays. In the 200 medley, DeSutter, Givon Kumal, Unowsky and Franklin finished with a time of 1:57.59. In the 200 freestyle relay, Wasser, Weber, Dalluge and Holman finished with a time of 1:38.84, and in the 400 freestyle relay, Gilbert, Unowsky, DeSutter and Holman finished with a time of 3:47.42.
The Royals have off until they compete at an invitational at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 5.