WMWD swim team opens with win over Hutchinson

The Watertown-Mayer/Waconia/Delano boys’ swimming and diving team opened its season last week at two road meets.

The Royals opened with a 95-91 dual win over Hutchinson, and also competed at the Prior Lake Invitational, where they finished in sixth place.


Royals 95, Hutchinson 91

WMWD jumped out to a quick lead with wins in the first two events. The Royals got a win in the 200-yard medley relay when Brent Unowsky, Zach Holman, Ben DeSutter and Jake Weber teamed up to finish in 1:51.94, and Jack Dalluge followed that with a win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.20). Combined with John Kenison’s third-place finish in that event (2:15.53), the Royals jumped out to a 21-9 lead after two events.

Hutchinson finally picked up a win in the 200-yard IM, but the Royals took second and third place to extend their lead even further. Holman took second in 2:09.82, and Unowsky was third in 2:24.48.

Jake Weber followed with a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (25.09), and Dustin Gens won the diving competition with 209.45 points. Ben DeSutter then finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a second-place finish (59.95), but Hutchinson still closed to within 50-44 by taking first and third place.

Hutchinson proceeded to win the 100-yard freestyle as well, but the Royals maintained their six-point advantage by taking both second and third. Dalluge was second in 53.39 seconds and Weber was third in 57.33 seconds.

Holman added a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:31.02), but Hutchinson was still able to pull within four points. Hutchinson took the lead on the next event, 71-69, when it took the first and third spots in the 200-yard medley relay.

DeSutter won the following event for the Royals, the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in a time of 1:02.50 to tie the meet at 78-78 with two events remaining. That’s when Austin Gilbert (1:11.36) and Allan Janikula (1:17.08) teamed up to go 1-2 in the 100-yard breaststroke to give the Royals an 89-83 win.

Hutchinson won the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, but the Royals took both second and third place to secure the win.


Prior Lake Invite

The Royals finished in sixth place at the seven-team event, scoring 197 points. Prior Lake won the meet with 502.5 points, easily beating out second-place Farmington, which scored 375 points.

Gens picked up the lone win on the day for the Royals, scoring 283.10 points in diving to earn the title. Meanwhile, a trio of other Royals each earned two top-ten finishes.

Holman had a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM, finishing in 2:09.78. He also finished sixth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:27.81.

Dalluge and DeSutter each had a fifth and a sixth place finish. DeSutter was fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.53) and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.18). Dallague was fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (53.63) and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.10).


Up next 

WMWD’s final meet of the 2013 calendar year will be Saturday, Dec. 21. The Royals will compete in Minneapolis Southwest’s Invitational at the College of St. Catherine’s St. Paul campus.