SYRACUSE – As often happens, when one side of the equation gets into a heated battle, the other side often gets lost in the shuffle amidst all the excitement. While the Wawasee and Concord girls swimmers were adding another notch to the budding rivalry, the boys dual was somewhat overlooked. The outcome wasn’t nearly as exciting in a 120-66 final in favor of Concord, but both sides were very happy with the results.
Wawasee poked its head into the winner’s circle on five occasions, taking a top result in three of the night’s first four events. But Concord would recover nicely, holding off Wawasee in six of the next eight events and letting its depth grab second and third lane points to separate the two teams.
Wawasee opened the day with a solid set of six dives from Mylon Betts, scoring a personal-best 217.35 points. Logan Brugh collected his first of two wins in the 200 free (1:50.57) and would later win the 500 free handily at 5:00.85. Brady Robinson continued to improve in the individual medley, winning at 2:05.36 and claimed a nice 1:04.55 win in the breaststroke.
“It’s still learning for a lot of these guys,” said Wawasee head coach Julie Robinson. “We had so many kids do things they haven’t done yet this year as far as times go. It’s tough when you have a girls meet going on like we did tonight where the boys are putting together a nice meet but the excitement is following girls races. We did some great things tonight, and I was really proud as a coach to see our boys make some great strides.”
Robinson would also point out several notable swims, such as Logan Haessig’s 1:01.81 runner-up swim in the butterfly and Owen Donahoe’s 5:46.36 in the 500 freestyle. Wawasee’s 400 free relay team of Haessig, Robinson, Brugh and Spencer Naugler also kept pace with Concord for much of the race, landing just six seconds short (3:38.06) of the veteran Minuteman team.
“Right now, we’re still looking at getting the kids into the right events, and some of the kids honestly are still learning how to race,” Robinson said. “There were a lot of the young swimmers that still had something left at the end of races today. So we said, hey, let’s try to race harder from the beginning. I’m really excited to see where this boy’s team will be at the end of the season.”
Coach Tom Johnson’s Concord squad took all three relays and had four individual winners Tuesday. Shawn Stauffer won the 50 (23.85), Ivan Morales the fly (1:01.67), Stephen Krecsmar the 100 free (50.99) and Brandon White the backstroke (59.02). The Minuteman medley relay won at 1:48.18, the 200 free relay at 1:37.24 and the 400 free relay at 3:32.47.
“Our boys were ready to go tonight,” Johnson said. “We were very disappointed with the way we swam Saturday (against Northridge), and we knew we had more to give. We felt like that could have been a better meet. Our teams are just working very hard and I wouldn’t trade them. Our boys team really responded well, and we swam pretty fast for this early in the year.”
Wawasee settles at 1-2 overall and in the NLC, and will resume activities next Tuesday in hosting NorthWood.