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).
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.