FF boy swimmers beat CLC foe Sauk RapidsPublished 10:46am Friday, January 25, 2013
SAUK RAPIDS — “You can’t win a meet by just taking first place,” said Fergus Falls swimming and diving coach Tom Uvaas. “It takes great relay and second and third place finishes.”
Stringing together a number of top place finishes, the Otters came out ahead on the road Thursday night against Sauk Rapids 102-84.
In diving, senior Michael Aasness collected another first place finish with a score of 242.2. Reid Magnuson also took second for the Otters, giving the team a total of 10 points from the event.
Swimmers Clay Danielson, Joe Kitzman and Cal Mouritsen all had big double wins for Fergus on the night.
Danielson’s two wins came in the 200 free (2:00.99) and the 500 free (5:27.04).
Kitzman contributed wins in the 100 fly (54.64) and 100 back (58.05).
Mouritsen was victorious in the 200 IM (2:15.23) and 100 free (50.51).
Daniel Kowalski also had a top finish, winning the 50 free with a time of 23.99 seconds.
But as Coach Uvaas said, the victory came with close second and third place finishes that got Fergus the points they needed to win. Early in the meet with the score even, the Otters were set up with big points from Mike Mortenson in the 200 IM, who took third place by out touching an opposing Sauk Rapids swimmer by .13 seconds.
Later, Connor Hatfield scored a second in the 100 back, while Kowalski took an important second in the 100 breast.
Luke Raitz contributed two third place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle events and Tyler Pyle took third in the 100 breast.
The Otters also captured eight team points with two relay wins. In the 200 free, the team of Kitzman, Kowalski, Danielson and Cal Mouritsen took first with a time of 1:36.32. Mortenson, Raitz, Hatfield and Dalton Mouritsen won the 400 free with a time of 3:50.43.
“Congratulations to the Otters on this nice team victory,” said Uvaas. “Our practices these last two weeks have made a big difference in our times and meet performance. I am very proud of their individual and team efforts.”
Fergus looks to put together another solid night at their home pool next Tuesday, when they take on Detroit Lakes and Moorhead. The event starts at 6 p.m.