The Watertown-Mayer/Delano swimming and diving team followed up one strong week with an even better one, routing Litchfield in a home dual on Thursday, Sept. 26, and winning the Nancy Bergert Invitational in Buffalo on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The Royals beat three other teams to win Buffalo’s invitational despite not even competing in diving. The Royals scored 434 points to finish ahead of Big Lake, which took second place with 367 points, Buffalo, which was third with 354 points, and Cambridge-Isanti, which finished with 236 points.
The Royals won two events on the day, with the first being Jordyn Wentzel’s win in the 500-yard freestyle. She finished in a time of 5:29.20.
Watertown-Mayer/Delano also won the 200-yard freestyle relay. Kayla Stevens, Lauren York, Emily Bobick and Wentzel teamed up to finish in 1:48.96.
Wentzel also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:04.96, giving the Royals a strong start to the day as they had four swimmers in the top eight. Stevens finished fourth in 2:08.00, Min Van Dyne was seventh in 2:16.99 and Sydney Strobl was eighth in 2:17.20.
In the 200-yard Individual Medley, Kalley Johnson was seventh in a time of 2:32.35 and Jenna Grangroth was eighth in 2:33.29. In the 50-yard freestyle, York was fourth in a time of 27.12 seconds, while Morgan Frank was right behind in fifth place with a time of 27.13 and Bobick was eighth in 28 seconds.
Klara Koch finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:09.80, while teammate Sophia Fillmore was seventh in 1:11.74.
In the 100-yard freestyle, the Royals once again had four of the top eight finishers. York finished third with a time of 1:00.65 and Stevens was fourth in 1:01.14. Bobick was sixth in 1:01.98 and Tara Koch was seventh in 1:02.55.
In the 500-yard freestyle, the Royals had two more swimmers in the top seven after Wentzel’s win. Van Dyne was sixth in 6:02.47 and Mady Hendricks was seventh in 6:09.68.
Frank finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.9, while Thea Clark was one spot behind her in fourth place with a time of 1:08.98.
Kalley Johnson had a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:16.51, and Maggie Jacobs was eighth in 1:20.92. The Royals closed the meet with a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Wentzel, York, Stevens and Frank teaming up to finish in 3:54.87.
Royals 97, Litchfield 67
Earlier in the week, Watertown-Mayer/Delano routed Delano 97-67 in a home dual at Watertown-Mayer High School.
Despite a second-place finish in the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, the Royals surged out to a huge early lead. That’s because they swept the top three spots in each of the next three varsity events.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Frank finished first with a time of 2:04.66, while Stevens was second (2:05.60) and Caitlyn Rud was third (2:17.83).
In the 200-yard IM, Sommer Heikkila was first in 2:31.46. Hendricks was second in 2:34.39 and Grangroth was third in 2:34.93.
In the 50-yard freestyle, York finished first with a time of 26.94 seconds. Lindsay Kantrovich was second in 27.82 seconds and Klara Koch was third in 27.83.
The Royals went on to win three more events during the rest of the meet. Stevens won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 59.52 seconds, while York was also second in that event in 1:00.18. Frank won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:35.87, while Van Dyne was third in 6:01.61. Finally, Frank, York, Stevens and Wentzel teamed up to finish first in the 400-yard freestyle relay in the final event of the day. Fillmore, Rud, Kantrovich and Klara Koch also finished second in that event in 4:11.75.
Wentzel added second-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.41 and in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.25. Johnson was also third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.77. Clark also added a third-place finish for the Royals in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.88.
Watertown-Mayer/Delano was also in action at home on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in a dual against St. Anthony Village. The Royals will be back in action Thursday, Oct. 3, for a dual at Hutchinson at 6 p.m.
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