Midgets wrap up home schedule in the pool
The final home meet for the Dickinson boys swimming and diving team took place Friday night.
Despite there being a little under two months left in the season, the Dickinson boys swimming and diving team hosted their final meet of the 2021-22 season Friday night at the West River Community center in Dickinson.
The Jamestown Blue Jays made the trip west for the dual meet against the Midgets. Dickinson scored their third dual meet victory of the season, topping Jamestown 113-67.
The Midgets won 7 of the 12 events, including two relays and the 1 meter diving. Senior Dawson Wilson took the diving competition with a score of 272.85.
Both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays went in favor of Dickinson, with senior Mason Beck anchoring both. He had a body-length deficit in the 200 when he dove into the water, but easily came back on the Blue Jays’ anchor leg and won the event for the Midgets by over a second.
“That’s why I like going last,” Beck said. “It helps me mentally and gets me more into the groove."
Beck’s events on the night were different from his usual pairing with the 50 and 100 freestyle. He took part in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, but the results were similar to his dominant events.
His 58.58 in the 100 butterfly was the best by three seconds. The 200 freestyle was much closer, just narrowly out touching Jamestown’s Teddy Solensky by 0.41 seconds for the win at 1:55.49.
“I like a little bit of diversity (in events),” Beck said. “At the smaller meets I do events I don’t normally do. The bigger meets with competition I do my main events.”
In Beck’s usual spot in the 100 freestyle, fellow senior Trent Irwin held down the fort with a first-place finish at 54.79.
Eighth-grader Asher Ellerkamp in the 200 individual medley rounded out the first-place finishers for Dickinson. Jamestown’s best event came in the 100 backstroke, finishing 1-2 in the race.
The Midgets won’t be in the comfort of their own pool again this season, but have plenty to look forward to until the championship meets. They will have three more meets to compete in before the WDA regional and state meets in late February and early March.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS - Top Dickinson finisher in each event
200 Medley Relay - 2nd, Trent Irwin, Zachary Koegl, Casey Tuhy, Kadin Barth, 1:57.39; 200 Freestyle - 1st, Mason Beck, 1:55.49; 200 IM - 1st, Asher Ellerkamp, 2:43.01; 50 Freestyle - 2nd, Tuhy, 26.12; 1 meter diving - 1st, Wilson, 272.85; 100 Butterfly - 1st, Beck, 58.58; 100 Freestyle - 1st, Irwin, 54.79; 500 Freestyle - 2nd, Barth, 5:29.06; 200 Freestyle Relay - 1st, Detric Coleman, Irwin, Wilson, Beck, 1:36.84; 100 Backstroke - 3rd, Alexander Keller, 1:12.01; 100 Breaststroke - 2nd, Koegl, 1:12.78; 400 Freestyle Relay - 1st, Coleman, Tuhy, Wilson, Beck, 3:50.31.