|2/5/2021 11:58:00 AM|
CL clobbers Jackets
After a heart-pounding season opening loss to Princeton that went down to the last event, the Chisago Lakes boys swimming and diving team got a little easier competition when they traveled to Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday, January 28.
The Bluejackets are down in numbers quite a bit this year, and about halfway through the meet, it was clear that the Wildcats were going to get the win. They eventually swam the last two events in exhibition and still won 93-82.
Before the swimming events started, Storm Opdahl, Jimmy Nord and Tobie Stiles got the ‘Cats going with a bang, finishing one-two-three in the diving event, with Opdahl and Nord earning All-American consideration scores. Stiles wasn’t far off, either, as he was just nine points behind Nord.
Knowing that the Jackets didn’t have numbers to stack up against CL, Head Coach Ellen Heath was able to move a lot of swimmers around and let them take part in events they wouldn’t always be doing.
“We just wanted to expand our utility swimmers in events and they ended up racing well and had good times,” she said. “Cambridge is a small team this year because of the late start and COVID stuff, but they still competed well.”
Vince Adams set a personal best en route to a first place finish in the 200 individual medley and he had great times in the 100 backstroke and the relays he was a part of.
Other wins on the night came from Sam Strand in the 100 freestyle, and Max Arntson, Carter Fredstrom, Strand and Jarrett Hawkinson in the 200 relay. The rest of the massive lead was built up by CL’s depth and C-I’s lack of.
“The athletes are working hard and that practice is paying off,” Heath said. “Its great to have them safely practice and safely compete - some of the new normal.”
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