Making the long trek to Albert Lea on Thursday, the Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team were able to find plenty of success with a 96-52 Big Nine Conference dual victory against the host Tigers.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Ian Johnson, Nick Bayley, Willie Meacham and Jayden Jech started a string of 12 Winger wins with a time of 1 minute, 51.28 seconds. The 200 freestyle relay (Abe De Jong, Trent Dieman, Meacham, Nick Nordenskjold; 1:42.18) and the 400 freestyle relay (Jech, Johnson, Bayley, Nordenskjold; 3:56.28) were also victorious.
Jech had a pair of individual wins, taking top honors in the 200 freestyle (2:01.23) and 500 freestyle (5:33.38). Meacham was the winner in the 100 butterfly (55.25) and 50 freestyle (24.05), and Bayley took first in both the 200 individual medley (2:31.41) and 100 breaststroke (2:31.41).
Abe De Jong was the top diver with a score of 174.60 points before following that up with a second-place time in the 100 butterfly (59.95). Nordenskjold had the top time in the 100 freestyle (58.01), and Johnson took first in the 100 backstroke (1:03.37) and second in the 500 freestyle (5:44.18).
Gabe LaFlamme had a pair of second-place finishes in the 200 individual medley (2:32.77) and 100 backstroke (1:10.47), and Dieman was the runner-up in the 50 freestyle (26.11).
“The boys had a successful meet against Albert Lea. It was exciting to see a lot of fast swimming and smart moves from our gentlemen,” said Red Wing head coach Mikayla Beuch. “There were some good race strategies happening where the boys were applying their training to give themselves a good race. We had many swimmers drop times and earn new personal records, and one swimmer who is new to the team this year dropped 16 seconds off his 100 free time. It is fun to see the guys get excited for each other. Abe De Jong had an impressive round of diving. Our other diver is injured at the moment so for Abe to take the lead on diving while also being a top swimmer is a lot of work but he handles it well.”
The Wingers return home on Thursday, Dec. 28 to face Tartan.