The Watertown-Mayer/Waconia/Delano boys’ swimming and diving team finally hosted its first meet of the season last weekend when it hosted the Royal Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The Royals finished in fourth place at the meet, finishing with 169 points. Chaska/Chanhassen won the meet with 413 points, while Shakopee was second at 256 and Hudson (Wis.) was third with 254 points.
The Royals got off to a strong start to the meet, winning two of the first five events and finishing second in another. Jack Dalluge picked up the Royals’ first win when he finished first in the 200-yard freestyle in the second event of the day. Dalluge finished with a time of 1:54.64.
Zach Holman kept the Royals’ early momentum going by finishing second in the next event, the 200-yard Individual Medley, and two events after that, Holman added an impressive win in the 100-yard butterfly. The junior broke a 20-year-old program record in that event, finishing with a time of 55.28 seconds and winning the event by a full 5 seconds.
Dalluge also added a third-place finish for the Royals’ later in the meet, finishing the 500-yard freestyle in 5:19.33. The Royals also had a pair of third-place finishes in relays. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Ben DeSutter, Dalluge, Jake Weber and Holman teamed up to finish in 1:36.22. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Holman, Brent Unowsky, DeSutter and Dalluge finished with a time of 3:38.98.
Weber also added a pair of individual top-10 finishes for the Royals. His best finish was seventh in the 50-yard freestyle, where he finished in 24.69 seconds. Weber was also ninth in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.12 seconds.
DeSutter also had a strong showing in the 100-yard butterfly. He finished fourth in that event with a time of 1:01.28.
Unowsky had a 10th-place finish in the 200-yard IM, clocking in with a time of 2:25.46. He was also 11th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.96.
Givon Kumal had the Royals’ other top-10 finish, taking eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.50. He was also 12th in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.17 seconds.
Allan Janikula added two top-15 finishes. He was 12th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.96 and 14th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.62.
In the 500-yard freestyle, John Kenison finished 13th in 5:52.28, Adam Bartell was 14th in 5:58.70 and Wyatt Tesch was 15th in 6:20.16. Tyler Hannan added a 15th-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:01.14.
Several other pool records were also broken or tied during the meet. Chaska/Chanhassen’s Sean Donnelly tied the pool record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.20, and Chaska/Chanhassen’s 200-yard freestyle relay broke the pool record with a time of 1:31.84.
DC 110, Royals 73
The Royals won five events in a 110-73 loss to Dassel-Cokato on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Homan and Dalluge won two events apiece. Holman won the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:08.34, and he won the 100-yard butterfly in 56.29 seconds. Dalluge won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:19.27, and tied for the win in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.36.
DeSutter also picked up a win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.82 seconds. He also finished second in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.61 seconds.
Unowsky added a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.14, and Austin Gilbert was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.52. Kumal added a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.41.
The Royals were also in action Tuesday for a dual at Princeton, and will be back in the pool Thursday, Jan. 16, when they host Hopkins at 6 p.m. The Royals will also compete in an invitational at Richfield on Saturday, Jan. 18, and will host St. Louis Park on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
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