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Swimmers give Wingers a scare

Wildcat junior Wesley Moon cut nearly four seconds off his previous best time in the 50 freestyle in the boys' swimming and diving team's 99-86 loss to Red Wing, Minn., last Tuesday night. Bob Burrows photo

The Wildcat swimming and diving team gave Red Wing, Minn., all it could handle last Tuesday night before the Wingers rallied for a 99-86 victory over River Falls.

The Cats were ahead by one point after seven events but Red Wing took the lead for good by taking two of the top three spots in the 500 freestyle. Wildcat senior Roland Pomfret averted a Red Wing sweep in the event with a second place time of 5 minutes, 11.29 seconds.

"It was an exciting meet," Wildcat coach Brady McAdams said. "In the past it has been more one-sided in favor of Red Wing. The guys knew they had a chance to really give them a run for their money."

Pomfret picked up the Wildcats' lone first place finish of the meet -- in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.32 -- but the Cats had 10 second place finishes and eight thirds to boost their score.

Tim Weller, Daniel Schraufnagel, Andy Yelken and Navid Rahgozar combined for a second place time of 1:49.64 in the opening event of the meet -- the 200 medley relay -- while Austin Saari, Brad Kessler, Mike Schorn and Shamus Maloney were third in 2:00.23.

Schorn followed up with a second place time of 24.47 seconds in the 50 freestyle before Nate Washington took second in diving with a score of 114.65. Yelken was third with 103.72.

Yelken then finished second in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.72 with Saari third in 1:09.9. Schorn followed with his second place time of the night -- 55.32 -- in the 100 freestyle while Rahgozar was third in 55.82.

After Pomfret took second in the 500 free, Yelken, Saari, Schorn and Pomfret combined for a second place time of 1:39.15 in the 200 free relay. Weller added a second place time of 1:01.54 in the 100 backstroke, while in the 100 breaststroke, Schraufnagel was second in 1:10.15 and Kessler third in 1:14.6.

Weller, Rahgozar, Kessler and Pomfret ended the night by combining for a second place time of 3:34.47 in the 400 freestyle relay.

McAdams said a number of swimmers cut significant times off their previous best performances, including Maloney dropping 2.5 seconds to take fourth in the 200 freestyle in 2:15.3, and Kessler knocking three seconds off his previous best in the 200 individual medley to take fifth in 2:28.23.

Other personal best times were recorded by Wesley Moon in the 50 freestyle (29.02), Eric King in the 200 freestyle (2:31.6) and Conner Christensen in the 200 freestyle (2:38.19).