In Dickinson’s final home meet of the season against Bismarck on Thursday, the Midgets dove into the pool with the attitude of wanting to do their best and make their parents proud. The team did their best, making their parents proud — but made the night even better by getting the upset win.
Out of 12 total events, the Midgets placed first in 10. The Midgets would also place in second and third place five times throughout the night, ending with a large 108-75 victory over the Demons. The team was ready to give it their all in the pool, and proved it on Thursday.
“The boys had a lot of energy right after the first relay,” head coach McKenzie Steckler said. “They just continued to build up their energy and their momentum and they didn’t care if they were adding time, which was just awesome to see. That’s kind of what we’ve been trying to aim at for the boys this season … if you’re having a good attitude, regardless of what your time is showing, your points are going to reflect how you swim, and obviously that ended up showing for our team today.”
The team started the races out strong by placing first in the 200-yard medley relay, beating Bismarck by three seconds. Sophomores Trent Irwin and Casey Tuhy, two athletes who helped the Midgets place first in the 200-yard medley relay, continued the momentum by placing first and second, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle, Irwin with a time of 2:03:45, Tuhy with a time of 2:08:41. Irwin later placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:05:18.
Sophomore Mason Beck continued the success by earning a first-place finish in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 2:21:63; eighth-grader Deniz Kilix placed third with a time of 2:54:08. Beck later placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a 59.18 time followed by Tuhy in second and seventh-grader Davin Haag in third.
Sophomore Detric Coleman then took the reins in the 50-yard freestyle. Despite coming in second, he earned something that was just as good — qualifying for state with a time of 25.27, making his mother proud.
“It was amazing,” Coleman said. “My mom’s birthday is tomorrow and she wished that I could qualify (for state,) so I pretty much did that for her birthday.”
Sophomore Dawson Wilson had a stellar night for the Midgets, placing first in diving with a score of 216.75 and placing first in the 100-yard butterfly with a 59.18 time. Taven Wilson placed first in the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:19:85 finish and 100-yard backstroke with a 1:06:07 finish.
The Midgets finished out the night placing first and third in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team then finished the night placing first in the 400-yard freestyle relay. In total, the team finished with a 108-75 win.
The Midgets now prepare for an invitational on the road against Mandan on Feb. 15.