The Fergus Falls boys’ swimming and diving team kicked off its season with a win in the Tom Uvaas Invitational at Kennedy Secondary School pool Saturday.

“The boys did a great job today,” Otters head coach Randy Hansen said. “It is always nice to win your home invite and we did in convincing fashion.The leadership of our three seniors was key today.  They kept the young guys focused and led by example in the pool.”

The Otters would score 485 points, followed by Park Rapids (295), Detroit Lakes (247), Morris Area (156), Thief River Falls (139) and Perham/New York Mills (135).

Noah Osborn and Sean Edman were each double-winners as Osborn took firsts in the 100 IM (1:03.68) and the 500 freestyle (5:41.65), and Edman in the 50 freestyle (24.20) and 50 breaststroke (33.84). Will Pawlowski also picked up a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle (2:04.59).

Other top individual performances came from Logan Rott in the 100 IM (second, 1:09.90) and 100 breaststroke (second, 1:19:48), Tyler Kubela in the 50 butterfly (second, 29.44) and 100 freestyle (second, 59.54), Pawlowski in the 100 butterfly (second, 1:02.53), Christian Reed in the 500 freestyle (second, 5:44.71) and Ryan Aanerud in the 100 backstroke (second, 1:12.41) and 200 IM (third, 2:43.96), Max Nacke in the 50 breaststroke (third, 40.41), Ty Butler in the 50 butterfly (third, 30.37) and 100 IM (fourth, 1:13.06), Steven Wohlenhaus in the 100 butterfly (fourth, 1:10.92), Zander Childers in the 50 backstroke (fourth, 44.02) and Micah Zosel in the 100 breaststroke (fourth, 1:21.57).

In the relay events, the team of Edman, Osborn, Wohlenhaus and Pawlowski (3:43.40) won the 400 freestyle relay, while the team of Edman Osborn, Butler and Pawlowski (1:41.22) won the 200 freestyle. The 200 freestyle team of Wohlenhaus, Zosel, Reed and Nacke (2:03.78) tied for second in the event.

“Overall lots of great time drops last season and a good meet to build on for the rest of the season,” coach Hansen added.

The Otters will begin their duel season as they travel to take on the Willmar Cardinals at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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