|2/7/2013 11:09:00 AM|
Wildcats get two wins as season winds down
BY JEFF NORTON
Chisago Lakes 90.5, Robbinsdale Cooper 79.5
Usually, when a team has a week off, they can come back refreshed and revitalized, but in Chisago Lakes Head Coach Mark Nordby’s swimming regiment, no meet in a week means a grueling practice schedule. “With last week having no meet at all, it gave us a chance to really get after the training,” he said. He capped it off with a very tough Monday night practice the night before the Cooper meet. “And it showed during Tuesday’s meet,” he said. “The times were some of the slowest we’ve had all season. I know the effort was there, but they were pretty broken down from tough training.”
The meet did stay a bit closer than it needed to, however, because it was at Cooper, which meant no diving. The ‘Cats got first places early from Avery Turman, Jake Ewert, Riley Darling and Austin Turman, as well as the relay team of Zach Halfen, James Falkowski, Darling and Ewert. Chisago Lakes always kept the Hawks 15-20 points away, and after a late win by Falkowski in the 100 breaststroke, the meet was sealed for the ‘Cats 90.5-79.5.
Chisago Lakes 105, Irondale 76
Nordby took a different approach to the Irondale meet, and it showed how much the training is helping the guys. “On Wednesday afternoon before Irondale I let the guys get a bit of recovery from training. They still did just under 5,000 yards but it was drills and technique training,” he explained. “I was surprised with just a little bit of rest, how fast some of the guys swam on Thursday.” The meet started out on the right foot when the foursome of Halfen, Falkowski, Darling and Avery Turman finished first int he 200 medley relay with a season best time. In fact, all three A relay teams had season best times against the Knights.
“I’m pumped about the training we’re doing as it looks like once the guys taper, they will be very fast.” After Irondale pulled even in the 200 freestyle, Chisago Lakes grabbed a 10 points lead behind a one-two-three finished by Ewert, Darling and Falkowski in the 200 individual medley.
Two events later, Chisago Lakes grabbed a commanding lead when they trotted out their three divers while Irondale doesn’t have any. The sweep gave CL a 23-point lead and total control. Even if Irondale had sent any divers to the board, it would’ve been tough to beat the ‘Cats on this day. Jake Doble nearly set a conference diving record, falling just seven points shy with a 272.44 “Jake, Gibby (Jake Carlson) and Frank Brezany are really pushing some awesome dives and scores,” Nordby said. “Coach Willhite has these guys rocking the board in every practice.”
Darling followed the divers with the second fastest butterfly time in Chisago Lakes history at 56.20 seconds. The personal best earned him a first place for his efforts. To cap it all off, Falkowski came very close to breaking the Chisago Lakes pool record in the 100 breast, but a tough start off the blocks likely cost him that record. “I know he’s ready to bust a great time soon,” Nordby said. The Wildcats swam exhibition in the last even up by a wide margin and ended up winning 105-76.
The Wildcats close their conference schedule with Benilde-St. Margaret’s Thursday, Feb. 7. “Benilde will be a pretty easy meet on Thursday,” Nordby quipped. “So this will be the last chance to switch the lineup around before we set the section team.” The meet begins at 6 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Junior High.