MARSHALLTOWN - Fort Dodge's climb up the swimming ladder continued on Saturday as the Dodgers finished third for the second year in a row.
In addition, Joel Greathouse earned back-to-back head coach of the year honors.
The 12th-ranked Dodgers (187.5) finished behind Valley (360) and Ames (232) with two champions.
"It was a good day for us,'' Greathouse said. "We swam well at our invitational and to come back and match our times. It's a good situation leading into districts in two weeks.''
Senior Colin Pearson came with the championship in the 50-yard freestyle. Pearson finished in 22.13 ahead of Valley's Alex Bodin (23.03).
"Colin pushed himself to the limit and got his best time of the season and won by almost a second,'' Greathouse said. "It puts him in a good position to be rested for districts and having a shot at breaking the (school) record.''
The Dodgers also captured the title in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Joe Bruen, Josh Lee, Cal Brandt and Pearson finished in 1:31.65 just ahead of Valley.
"We didn't have it fully loaded, but we ended up putting up our best time of the year,'' Greathouse said. "Bruen had a good half second drop and Colin was able to close it out in the end.''
Pearson also earned silver in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.48).
Freshman Mark Olsen made a huge impact for the Dodgers finishing second in two individual events and was part of the runner-up 200-yard medley. Olsen teamed up with Bruen, Pearson and Lee to finish in 1:41.50, behind Valley (1:40.56).
Olsen was second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.86) behind Nate Harris (1:48.04) of Valley and the 500-yard freestyle (5:04.93) behind David Merriman (4:58.82) of Valley.
"Any time a freshman can make that kind of an impact, it's impressive,'' Greathouse said. "He was second in two events and he's going to be a big part of our events at districts.''
Bruen also earned silver in the 100-yard backstroke (56.42) and Harris won in a time of (55.92).
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Austin Samford, Brandt, Lee and Olsen were fourth in (3:31.10).
Brandt was sixth in the 100-yard butterf ly (58.47) and seventh (2:14.32) in the 200-yard individual medley.
Mitch Rogers (1:09.25) was seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke and Lee was eighth (1:01.45) in the 100-yard butterfly.
As far as earning the coach of the year award, Greathouse was humbled with the second straight honor.
"It's amazing,'' Greathouse said. "The coaches see what your team has done throughout the season.
"I'm honored. The kids deserve the credit."
The Dodgers are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 4 when they host a district meet at the Dodger pool.