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home : sports : sports August 22, 2017

2/9/2017 4:18:00 PM
Chisago Lakes wraps up regular season in fine form

The Wildcats wrapped up their regular meet season in the last two weeks with a Mississippi 8 Conference match up against Buffalo, and a tune up tourney at Cambridge-Isanti.

Buffalo 101, Chisago Lakes 80
“Buffalo is a very well-coached team that competes with the utmost class and sportsmanship.  They are a good team and we have had some VERY close meets against them the past few years.  Almost all of them were single digit differences in points.  It was a great meet to have our Senior night and Parents' night,” Head Coach Brian McNally said.

The coach went on to explain what the three seniors have meant to the program this year and in their whole careers.

“Andy Gombold, who has swam for six years, and mainly swims butterfly and IM has really grown in his leadership and will be greatly missed next year. Josh Falkowski, who has also swam for  six years, is our best breast stroker and a very talented IM swimmer as well as some freestyle sprints.  Josh has had two brothers also swim on this team.  It will be strange to have a Chisago Lakes team without a Falkowski on it,” McNally said. “Finally, Sam Gustafson, a senior pure sprinter who came out for swimming for the first time as a sophomore.  He has really blossomed recently as a premier sprinter.  Last year he medaled in the 100 Free at sections and also earned a medal on the school-record setting 400 free relay that advanced to state.”

At the meet, it was a tight race through diving, but then the Bison started to pull away for the win.

“It was not destined to be the close fight to the finish that many of our other Buffalo dual meets have been.  That being said, there is no way I could be disappointed in my team.  We had personal bests all over the roster,” McNally explained. “From our veteran guys to our newer guys, they all swam fast dropped time.  It was truly one of those special meets for a coach when you see your whole team clicking at the same time.  They were all on the same page, swam together, cheered together, and made me deeply proud.”

200 Medley Relay:
1st Place: This was their best time of the season so far!
Back - Ethan Harris
Breast - Josh Falkowski
Fly - Andy Gombold
Free - Sam Gustafson

50 Free: Both of their best times of the season, by quite a bit.
1st - Sam Gustafson
3rd - Justin Ewert

100 Fly:
1st - Ethan Harris
3rd - Andy Gombold
5th - Dylan Anderson

100 Breast: (our only 1-2 finish of the night)
1st - Josh Falkowski
2nd - Eric Braun

Bluejacket Invite
“This is always a great invite for us to go to.  We get to see lots of teams that are right at our caliber.  Though most of them are AA teams, they are always a great match for us at this point in the season,” McNally said. “We get to do our last bit of fine tuning as we prepare to taper for sections.  This meet gives our guys one more chance to get out there and race no matter their skill level.”

The Wildcats ended up placing sixth of out eight teams, but they were only a couple place swaps away from catching Coon Rapids, “We took away a lot of lessons as we build for our section meet.  We got better, cheered for each other, and took another positive step together as a team,” McNally opined after the meet. “We were missing a few of our key guys due to illness and other reasons, but our younger guys stepped up and did their very best.  It was a fun meet to be a part of.”

Top 10 performers were:
200 Medley Relay:
7th Place:
Ba- Justin Ewert
Br- Josh Falkowski
Fl- Andy Gombold
Fr- Sam Gustafson

200 IM:
9th - Josh Falkowski
10th - Andy Gombold

50 Free:
4th - Sam Gustafson

100 Free:
5th - Sam Gustafson
10th - Bryce Burds

500 Free:
9th - Eric Braun
200 Free Relay:
8th Place:
Josh Falkowski
Andy Gombold
Dylan Anderson
Bryce Burds

100 Breast:
2nd - Josh Falkowski

400 Free Relay:
3rd Place:
Justin Ewert
Eric Braun
Bryce Burds
Sam Gustafson

Mississippi 8 JV Conference Championships
On Friday, the junior varsity team wrapped up their season. “They have worked hard this season and come a long way since Thanksgiving break.  We had a team with MANY talented young and new swimmers.  Some of them made the section roster and will compete at that level, but for the others, this was their chance to taper down and swim their best times of the season,” McNally said.

A huge crew of varsity guys traveled to St. Michael to cheer on the JV swimmers.  “It made me incredibly proud as a coach to see the support of our varsity swimmers for their fellow Wildcats!” the head coach said.
The only medalist on the day for the CL junior varsity squad was Javon Ayers, who finished in fifth in the 100 breaststroke.

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