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January 20, 2020

1/9/2020 3:09:00 PM
Wildcats get first win of the season

Chisago Lakes got their first Mississippi 8 Conference dual meet win of the year when they toppled Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday, January 2.

The meet was fairly even except for a few events that Chisago Lakes scored big in, including diving, the 100 freestyle and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
The Bluejackets took the early lead with 10 points in the 200 medley relay, but CL stayed close with a win from Addison Clarin in the 200 freestyle and some strong finishes in the 200 individual medley and 50 free from Lars Heinecke, Evan Sundberg, Clarin and Jeffrey Milles.

Like most meets, diving is where the ‘Cats made their move to pass the Jackets. Storm Opdahl won diving with a 251.75 and Jimmy Nord came in second with a 238.05. First year diver Kaleb Bruce even got a fifth place point for CL. That results in that event turned a four point deficit into a two point lead.

Nick Olson and Vincent Adams kept the two point lead in tact with a second and third place finish in the 100 butterfly, and then in the 100 freestyle, the ‘Cats broke the event open by sweeping the top three spots. Cameron Bell, Opdahl and Jarrett Hawkinson were the podium sweepers, and that gave CL a 61-49 lead.
The Bluejackets ate into that lead a bit in the 500 free, as CL struggles in that event, but a one-two finish in the 200 freestyle relay gave the ‘Cats an extra 10 points of cushion to go back up by 16 points.

Cambridge-Isanti got it down to 12 in the 100 back but again Heinecke and Olson kept them at bay in the breaststroke with the solid second-third finish, and that set up another big event in the finale, the 400 relay. Clarin, Milles, Carter Fredstrom and Max Arnston teamed up to win the event, and CL’s second team came in third to gather 10 of the 14 points available in the event.

That left CL ahead by 18 points for the final tally of 102-84.

“We delivered some clutch swimming and diving that pushed us up and over the top of the scoreboard,” Head Coach Ellen Heath said.

While Heath and the team were excited for the win, they know there is a lot more work to be done as CL enters the toughest part of their schedule. “We are getting to the heaviest part of our training schedule and all in preparation to excel when the stakes are the highest - our section qualifying meet,” Heath explained. “We are still recovering from sickness. It was a bit of a scramble to fill and change events with some late illness scratches, but the boys were pumped up and performed well.”

Heath pointed to Milles, Clarin, Arntson and Nick Olson, as well as Opdahl and Nord filling in on some relays, as the keys to the victory over C-I.
The ‘Cats will host Monticello on Thursday, January 9 at 6 p.m. before two away trips, one to South St. Paul and January 11 and one to Princeton on Thursday, January 16.

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