Royals send swimmer to state

The Watertown-Mayer/Waconia/Delano boys swimming and diving team competed at their section meets last week, sending one swimmer on to state.

Delano’s John Kenison (sophomore) qualified for the state meet in the 200 freestyle, racing to second place with a time of 1 minute, 49.47 seconds.

For the section meets, the team splits into two as Watertown-Mayer/Delano competes in Section 3A while Waconia swims in 2A. While the two sides were separate, both delivered strong performances.

“The team as a whole swam very well at the section meet,” coach Drew Sodey said.

Jack Huen had a big time drop in all of his events, and raced to a sixth place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.01.

Colby Kern continued to progress as an eighth grader, placing seventh in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.21.

Wyatt Tesch and Kenison placed in two more events for the Royals, as Tesch took eighth in the 50 freestyle (26.24) and Kenison placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (50.11).

In addition to the place-winners, the Royals had a lot of swimmers qualify for the second day of competition.

“We had a few swimmers attend their first ever section meet on Thursday and qualified to swim in the section finals on Saturday,” Sodey said. “Qualifying to make it back the second day is no easy feat. We qualified twice as many swimmers this year to swim in the section finals compared to last year.”

As for the Waconia swimmers, both Adam Bartell and Bryce Borland had great swims. Borland finished sixth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:14.61. Bartell finished ninth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:18.87. Borland dropped a great deal of time over the course of the season in his 100 freestyle and finished 11th in that event with a time of 53.21. Bartell also finished 11th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.17.