Royal swimmers beat DC-L in battle for Cracked Pot trophy

Jack Dalluge Austin Gilbert Allan Janikula
Austin Gilbert

The Watertown-Mayer/Waconia/Delano/Holy Family swimming and diving team was in action twice last week, falling 101-83 at Buffalo on Tuesday, Jan. 8, but rebounding with a 101-69 home win over Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield on Thursday, Jan. 10. The win over DC/L kept the Cracked Pot, which the two schools use as a traveling trophy, in Watertown for another year.

In the win over Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield, the Royals won all but two events. DC/L took a 10-4 lead after the first event, the boys’ 200-yard medley relay, by winning the event and taking third place as well. However, WMWDHF rattled off wins in the next five events, and nine of the next 10, to close out the night with an easy win.

Jack Dalluge started the run with a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.21, with teammate Tylor Franklin finishing second (2:00.58) and bringing the Royals within 16-14. Zach Holman followed with a win in the 200-yard Individual Medley in a time of 2:08.96, with teammate Austin Gilbert finishing third (2:25.48), as the Royals took a 25-21 lead that they would not relinquish.

Shawn Wasser followed with a win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.56 seconds, and Holman then picked up his second win of the day, taking first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.01 seconds. Wasser than picked up his second win, taking first in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 53.54 seconds, while Franklin was third in 54.84 seconds.

DC-L won the 500-yard freestyle, but the Royals claimed the next two spots. Brent Unowksy was second in 5:44.98 and Ben DeSutter was third in 5:54.31.

In the 200-yard relay, the Royals took the top two spots. The squad of Kurt Gilbertson, Wasser, Franklin and Holman took first in 1:35.62, while Jake Weber, Allen Janikula, Gilbert and Dalluge finished second in 1:43.73.

DeSutter won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:05.56, and Gilbertson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.06. The Royals closed out the night with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, when Wasser, Franklin, Dalluge and Holman teamed up to finish in 3:35.87.

In the 101-83 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday, the Royals were led by Wasser, who won two events. Wasser finished first in both the 50-yard freestyle (23.89 seconds) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.97). The Royals also got a win from Holman in the 200-yard IM (2:07.42), and Byron Vieau won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.26. WMWDHF also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:37.83 with a lineup of Wasser, Franklin, Dalluge and Holman.

Individual second-place finishes for the Royals belonged to DeSutter in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.97), Unowsky in the 500-yard freestyle (5:45.76). Third place finishes went to Dalluge in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.93), Gilbertson in the 50-yard freestyle (24.48), Tristan Gens in diving (186.75 points) and DeSutter in the 500-yard freestyle (5:48.40).

The Royals also were scheduled to be at a meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Buffalo, but that meet was cancelled. The Royals will be back in the pool on Thursday, Jan. 17, for a dual meet at Hopkins at 6 p.m. The Royals will also compete in the True Team Sectional meet on Saturday, Jan. 19, and compete in a dual at St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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