SYRACUSE – Warsaw got itself a fight from rival Wawasee, but too many weapons helped the Tiger boys swim team to a 124-61 win Saturday afternoon at the Wawasee Middle School Natatorium.
Warsaw claimed all three relays and had four different swimmers win five total events to aid the win. On the counter, Wawasee had four event wins and forced Warsaw’s depth to carry extra load.
Spencer Davidson was the lone Tiger to win two events, taking the 50 (23.12) and breaststroke (1:00.75) while Josh Miller won the butterfly (59.06), Matt Wildman took the 100 free (52.35) and Jayden Parrett grabbed the backstroke (54.30).
The medley relay led a Warsaw sweep at 1:44.76, the 200 free relay came in at 1:38.41 in a virtual tie with its ‘B’ lane at 1:38.42 and the 400 free relay won at 3:30.43.
“I was pretty impressed with how we raced,” said Warsaw head coach Tony DeBrota. “Wawasee didn’t just give up against our top guys, and that’s only good for us. We want that challenge, and we got one today.”
Wawasee didn’t have the frontline horses to keep up with Warsaw, but did have a few spotlight moments.
Logan Brugh won a pair of races, taking the 200 (1:52.37) and later rallied to win the 500 (5:05.15). Brady Robinson, making his much anticipated high school debut, impressed right off the bat in beating not only Warsaw stud Zach Taylor, but frontrunner Jayden Parrett in the individual medley. Robinson claimed the 2:04.24 win, making up needed time and distance in the breaststroke leg, while Taylor came in at 2:04.99 and Parrett at 2:10.93.
“Coming in I knew the boys would be the flip of the girls, where our older girls would be against their younger and their older boys against my young boys team,” said Wawasee head coach Julie Robinson. “I have a lot of very young boys in their first year of high school swimming.
“I was a little bit nervous with some of the kids coming into their first meet,” Robinson continued. “You never know where they are going to be at in a meet like this, so this helped me make some decisions to move some kids around. I was just thrilled with how we swam today.”
Warrior Mylon Betts set a lifetime best in diving with a 187.50, besting Tiger Nick Bell by five points.
Warsaw built its lead with a sweep of medley relay and the breaststroke. When it wasn’t sweeping events, Warsaw claimed three of the top four spots in seven of the nine individual events.
“Our 100 free was one of the events we have really struggled in during practice and I wanted to see how they responded,” DeBrota said. “How could we build that event. I had Jacob LaLonde swim an exhibition in the 100 to see what he could do, and he did really well. Nick Zogbi, same thing in the IM. We still have a few new guys that haven’t done much given how big our boys team is, but I could see a lot of people step forward today.”
The Tigers (2-0, 1-0 NLC) will head home to host NorthWood Thursday while Wawasee (0-1, 0-1 NLC) will entertain Memorial Tuesday night.