Three-peat for Dodgers at Boone Invitational
BOONE — For the third consecutive season the Fort Dodge swim squad earned the Boone Invitational championship here on Saturday.
The Dodgers won four events and scored 55 team points. Host Boone (41) was second followed by Carroll (40).
On their way to the team title, the Dodgers broke two meet records.
“It was a great way to finish a long week,” said FDSH head coach Joel Greathouse. “After swimming Tuesday, then turning around and competing again Thursday and again (Saturday) took a lot of energy and they answered the call.
“We swam a little flat here and there, but doing that while being tired was a big accomplishment and good learning experience for us.”
Seniors Andrew Fierke and Eli Asay cruised to the meet record in the 2×100 breaststroke relay, finishing in 2:7.97.
“Fierke and Asay took over the event (2×100),” Greathouse said. “They beat the meet record by two seconds.”
The 8×100 freestyle relay also broke the meet record, finishing in 7:10.17, to top second-place Marshalltown by nine seconds.
“Our relays needed to be eight strong to get the job done,” Greathouse said. “Our five through eight guys really came through and put up some nice splits to help win it.
“In the the (800) freestyle, we had the same strong guys minus a couple, but again, our five through eight was strong. I didn’t realize how quick it was until I saw they beat the meet record.”
Fierke also teamed up with Max Doebel to win the 2×500 freestyle relay. Fierke and Doebel touched the wall in 10:46.68, nearly 45 seconds quicker than Boone’s pair of Hunter Sherry and Cody Becker.
The Dodger eight-pack won the 8×50 medley relay to start off the event. Fort Dodge finished in 3:39.72 — just ahead of Boone.
Asay and Landon Getting teamed up to finish second in the 2×200 individual medley relay (4:34.37). Getting and Cole Pearson were second in the 2×100 freestyle relay (1:43.27).
The Dodgers are back in action on Thursday when they host Mason City.