Season opener worth the wait for Alexandria as talented lineup rolls over Sauk Rapids-Rice
The Cardinals won 12 of 14 events and already had a big number of athletes swimming faster times than the state qualifying standards.
The Alexandria boys swimming and diving team had its season opener delayed one day after bad weather on Thursday, and the Cardinals were eager to get going by the time Sauk Rapids-Rice came to town on Friday.
Alexandria has another talented lineup after finishing second at the Class A state meet last season. The Cardinals won 12 of the 14 events in the opener, beating the Storm 111-74.
“Swimming faster than the state swim meet qualifying times were Nicolas Welle in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Carter Holm in the 100 freestyle, Anthony Hoyt in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, the 200 medley relay team of Eric Peterson, Logan Tung, Nicolas Welle and Erik Reineke, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Nicolas Welle, Logan Tung, Anthony Hoyt, and Carter Holm,” head coach Kathy Walker said. “Pacing the leaders, the underclassmen added much-needed depth to balance the speed at the top of the lineup.”
The winning 200-medley relay team started things in style by going 2.5 seconds faster than the state-qualifying time standard as they won in 1:42.71.
Hoyt won the 200 freestyle by a dominant 13 seconds in 1:50.20. Welle won the 50 freestyle (21.89) by more than a second. Kyler Kavanagh (191.55 points) won diving, with Caden Kavanagh (190.75) not far behind in second and Keaton Snitker (147.95) in third.
Welle won the 100 butterfly (55.05) with sophomore Eric Peterson in second (57.96). Holm took the 100 freestyle (49.08). Peterson won the 100 backstroke (1:00.01), and Logan Tung breezed past the field in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.09). Hoyt led Alexandria in the 500 freestyle with a second-place finish in 4:59.88.
The 400-freestyle relay team of Erik Reineke, Peterson, Hoyt and Holm finished off a dominant effort with a win in the final event in 3:30.49. That was more than nine seconds faster than the second-place team from Sauk Rapids-Rice.
Alexandria is at Fergus Falls on Tuesday at 6 p.m.