Of the seven events the Watertown-Mayer/Waconia/Delano boys’ swimming and diving team sent to the state competition last week, just two advanced to the finals, but all displayed a great Royal effort to cap a stellar season by the team.
Junior diver Tristan Gens was one of the two Royals to advance to the finals. In the preliminary competition, Gens was 10th overall and scored 137.20 points. He dropped to 12th after the semifinals, with a total score of 211.25 and kept steady in the finals, where he finished 13th in Class A with 281.45 points.
Junior Zachary Holman was the one Royal to finish on the medals podium, finishing seventh in the 100 butterfly. In preliminary competition, Holman was seventh in the event at 53.36 seconds. He improved to 53 seconds flat in the finals to place seventh.
Holman also finished 17th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.66, narrowly missing out on a spot in the consolation finals.
Sophomore Jack Dalluge finished 19th in the preliminary competition for the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.46 seconds, while freshman Jake Weber was 20th in the prelims of the 50 free at 23.64 seconds.
The Royals also advanced two relays from the Section 2A meet to state, where both the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams finished 20th in the preliminaries.
The 200 medley relay team turned in times of 29.47 seconds, 28.38, 25.38, and 23.29 to finish 20th overall at 1:46.52.
The 400 free relay finishing 20th at 3:27.33 with individual times of 51.76, 53.63, 52.27, and 49.67.
Look for a full season wrap up in the coming weeks.
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