In two Class AA dual meets before winter break, the Orono Mound Westonka (OMW) co-op boys swim and dive team split with a loss to St. Michael Albertville 96-85 on Dec. 18 and then two days later won decisively against Cambridge Isanti 100-81.
Strong individual performances were evident in both meets. With a third of the regular season behind them, two team members are undefeated in their signature events. Mound Westonka senior diver Tyler Jordahl has placed first in the past three dual meets and one invitational and Mound Westonka Senior captain Ryan Strother remains undefeated in the 50-yard freestyle.
“We have done exceptionally well so far this year beating several AA teams including Cambridge-Isanti, even with nearly a quarter of our team out sick, said Orono senior captain Spencer Cumming.
St. Michael Albertville
STMA Knights dominated the first three events, but then Strother captured first in the 50-free with 22.81 to edge out Knight senior Noah Dalluge at 23.02. Diving followed as the OMW squad clinched the three top spots led by Jordahl (250.75 points) along with Orono junior Beau Bordson (168.2 points) and Mound Westonka junior Tanner Azeltine (167.95 points).
Strother contributed another first in the 100-free (51.82) and Orono senior captain Mitchell Miller finished first in the 100-back (59.65). The 400-free relay with Mound Westonka senior captain Jacob (Merv) Moorhead, Miller, Cumming and Strother also placed first at 3:35.63.
The OMW boys finished first in eight individual events and two relays. Cumming took first in the 200-free (1:58.13), followed by Orono sophomore AG Graham (2:04.47) for second. Orono freshman Chase Olson took first in both the 200 IM (2:22.45) and the 500-free (5:29.42).
Strother also took first in two events: the 50 free (22.64) and the 100 fly (57.96). Miller took first in both 100 free (52.05) and the 100 back (59.18) followed by Moorhead (1:00.96) for second. Jordahl was first in diving (203.10). Both the 200-yard medley relay (Moorhead, Mound Westonka senior Connor Anderson, Strother, Miller) and the 200-yard free relay (Anderson, Miller, Cumming, Strother) placed first with 1:49.40 and 1:36.95, respectively.
On Jan. 5 the OMW team, coached by Pete Buecher, competes in the Simley Invitational.
“Simley has always been a good meet for us and I’m sure we will place well,” commented Cummings.