The Watertown-Mayer/Waconia/Delano Holy Family boys’ swimming and diving team finished in fourth place Saturday at the Wright County Conference meet in Hutchinson, where four Royals’ swimmers earned all-conference honors. The Royals also defeated Princeton, 106-64 in a home dual meet on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
In the conference meet, the Royals scored 307.5 points in a meet where second through fourth place were separated by just 16 points. Orono won the meet with 396 points, but Hutchinson was second with 323.5, and Dassel-Cokato was third, just a half point ahead of Watertown-Mayer, with 308 points.
The Royals’ Zach Holman was one of two swimmers in the conference to win both of his individual events. Holman finished first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.46 seconds, and he was also first in the 200-yard Individual medley with a time of 2:05.95.
“He missed the school record by .03 seconds in the 200 IM and set a conference record in the 100 butterfly,” Royals’ coach Chuck Charnstrom said.
Kurt Gilbertson also earned all-conference honors after he had season-best times in all four of his events including both of his individual events. He was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.36, and he was sixth in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.54 seconds.
Shawn Wasser also had season-best times in both of his individual events, and earned all-conference honors. He finished third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.2 seconds and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.68 seconds.
Tylor Franklin also swam well enough to earn all-WCC honors for the Royals. He was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.67 and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.63.
Other top finishes for the Royals included Jack Dalluge, who was third in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:59.06 and sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.21. Ben DeSutter was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.58.
The Royals’ best relay finish was second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Wasser, DeSutter, Franklin and Holman teamed to finish in 3:35.26. The Royals were also third in the 200-yard freestyle relay, where Wasser, Dalluge, Gilbertson and Holman teamed to finish in 1:34.11.
Royals 106, Princeton 64
The Royals won eight of 12 events and had five different swimmers win five individual events in an easy win over Princeton last week.
Gilbertson won the 200 IM in a time of 2:21.27, Wasser won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.9 seconds, Brent Unowsky won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:48.35, Holman won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.31 and DeSutter won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.71.
The Royals also won all three relays. In the 200-yard medley, Unowsky, Holman, Gilbertson and Dalluge teamed up finish in 1:52.94; in the 200-yard freestyle relay, Jake Weber, Wasser, Dalluge and Gilbertson combined to finish in 1:39.55 and in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Gilbert, Weber, Franklin and Holman finished in 3:44.89. The Royals racked up a lot of points in relays, taking the top two spots — and all 12 points — in all three of them.
Individually, second-place finishes for the Royals went to Allan Janikula in the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.18), Austin Gilbert in the 200 IM (2:21.27), DeSutter in the 50-yard freestyle (24.48), Franklin in the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.98) and Weber in the 100-yard freestyle (59.36).
Third-place finishes included Weber in the 200-yard freestyle (2:13.19), Unowksy in the 100-yard butterfly (1:07.97) and Dalluge in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.95).
The Royals will return to the pool for the section meet Feb. 21-23.
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