Rosemount boys swimming and diving coach Jim Ertl expected his team to develop depth as the season went along thanks to some surprises along the way.
Ertl was especially pleased with the Irish's 2-0 start after a pair of Lake Conference duals, and the development might even be coming along quicker than they coach could have hoped.
"I'm very happy," Ertl said. "We've had a lot of surprises as I talked about. I'm proud of the guys. The depth is starting to show up and everybody is working hard for their goals.
"Sometimes you are going to have some bad swims. You get bummed when those things happened. You just have to keep working and go after it again."
There haven't been too many reasons to be bummed.
Rosemount opened the season at home last week with a 109-79 win against Apple Valley and followed it up with a 107-71 win at Chaska/Chanhassen on Tuesday.
In each dual, the Irish went exhibition in the final two events after securing the victories early.
"We swam really hard going after it," Ertl said. "We set up to swim different kids in races somewhat. We didn't power up."
At Chaska, Devon Meeks displayed a bit of his own power while setting pool records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. Meeks swam a 21.95 in the 50 and 48.43 in the 100 to set the marks.
"That pools been around for about 40 years, so that's pretty good," Ertl said.
The Irish took first and second in the medley relay to open the meet.
Braden McCormack, Jake Stern, Tony Spiel and David Baker combined for the winning effort, while Meeks, Luke Dowell, David Office and Sheldon Hatlen teamed up for second place.
Max Hubbard won the 100 butterfly. Mike Otto won the 500 freestyle and McCormack added a win in the 100 backstroke. Stern won the 100 breaststroke.
It was much of the same against Apple Valley as Rosemount swept each of the first-place finishes before exhibitioning the last two events, one of which the Irish still won.
Meeks, Spiel, Stern and Conor Manning won the medley relay. McCormack, John Kuznia, Officer and Dowell combined for second.
Nick Jeffrey, Michael Young and Andrew Urness then went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle.
Spiel won the 200 individual medley and was third in the backstroke.
Hubbard won the 50 and 100 freestyle races.
Officer won the 100 butterfly, with Luke Dowell finishing second.
Meeks won the 500 freestyle, with Young placing second.
McCormack won the 100 breaststroke, and Hubbard, Stern, Jeffrey and Manning combined to win the 200 freestyle relay.
Daniel Monaghan won the diving competition, while Anthony Tooley finished third.
"It went really well for us," Ertl said. "I'm very happy with how we've started out."