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Otters top Tigers 98-87

Published 10:38am Friday, December 13, 2013

In their first home dual of the season, the Fergus Falls boys swimming and diving team was able to defeat St. Cloud Tech 98-87 Thursday.

“We only had five individual first places but what was really significant was winning all three relays – especially the 400 Free Relay, where the Otters placed first and third,” Otters coach Tom Uvaas said.

The meet was closer then it appeared as it all came down to the 400 freestyle relay. With only six points between the teams, the Otters needed to take one of the top two spots to hold off the Tigers. With great relay teams, the Otters were able to place first and third to take the win.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Joe Kitzman, Dalton Mouritsen, Luke Raitz and Cal Mouritsen took first with a time of 3:27.39, while Isaac Nadgewick, Justin Mortenson, Austen Tabbut and Conner Hatfield (3:49.99) took third in the event.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Raitz, Daniel Kowalski, Dalton Mouritsen and Mike Mortenseon (1:36.37) and the 200 medley relay team of Hatfield, Kowalski, Kitzman and Cal Mouritseen (1:45.10) also took firsts in the meet.

Individual firsts went to Kitzman (200 IM, 2:11.98), Kowalski (50 freestyle, 23.59) and Cal Mouritsen (100 butterfly, 56.15; 100 breaststroke, 1:04.42). Second place finishers were Kitzman (500 freestyle, 5:11.34), Hatfield (100 backstroke, 1:01.63), Mortenson (200 IM, 2:20.80), Raitz (50 freestyle, 24.18) and Dalton Mouritsen (100 freestyle, 53.88).

Mortenson and Kowalski also had third place finishes with Mortenson recording a time of 1:01.34 in the 100 butterfly and Kowalski finishing with 1:09.75 in the 100 breaststroke.

In the diving portion of the meet, Fergus Falls’ Reid Magnusson captured first with a score of 236.20, while teammate Mike Pistulka took second with a score of 187.60.

“I told the boys this and said ‘Let’s make this a close meet’ and boy did we. It was a total team victory,” Uvaas said.

The Otters will be back in the pool Tuesday as it travels to take on the Rocori Spartans in a 6 p.m. meet Tuesday.

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