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Dodger swimmers handle Newton

December 18, 2012
By DANA BECKER - Messenger Sports Writer ( , Messenger News

The Fort Dodge boys swim team used balanced their relays out Monday night, earning a 95-74 victory over Newton inside the Dodger pool.

While the Cardinals won more events, Fort Dodge picked up a handful of seconds and thirds, while also claiming four firsts.

The Dodgers went 1-2 in the 4x400 relay finale, and earned second and third in five other races.

"We knew that to win the dual, we would have to make sure to get as many seconds and thirds as we could because Newton was really strong at the top," FDSH head coach Joel Greathouse said. "In meets like this, strategy really comes into play because you need to make sure to score as many points as you can, especially in the relays.

"That might mean moving kids out of races they could win, but this team is willing to do that."

Alex Hage (200 free, 1:58.07), Josh Lee (50 free, 23.12), Rob Leigh (100 free, 52.87) and the 4x400 relay of Cal Brandt, Lee, Hage and Leigh all earned firsts. The relay won in 3:35.37, just ahead of teammates Bennett Lang, Nick Pecka, Tucker Van Wey and Caleb Asay (3:51.03).

"Alex really started us off great in the 200 free and we finished things off with a strong showing in the 4x400," Greathouse said. "We had a lot of lifetime bests from the kids, including Rob Leigh and the 100 backstroke swimmers (Asay and Isaac Poldervaart, who finished second and third in 1:05.98 and 1:06.78)."

The 200 medley relay of Asay, Aaron Brandt, Poldervaart and Austin Sanford placed second (1:57.22), while the quartet of Zach Provin, Nick Sanford, Reid Cooper and Pecka took third.

Hage (5:31.10) and Seth Dolan (5:52.53) were second and third in the 500 free, while the 200 free relay did the same. Finishing with silver were Leigh, Lang, Aaron Brandt and Cal Brandt (1:40.50), with Austin Sanford, Pecka, Nick Sanford and Lee placing third (1:42.55).

Nick Sanford (1:10.57) and Lee (1:10.87) finished just behind Cody Maxwell in the 100 breaststroke. Maxwell had a time of 1:10.45.

"We continue to see time drops and that is a great sign," Greathouse said. "We'll finish out this week and hope to continue to build in the new year."

Cal Brandt also had second place finishes in the 200 individual medley (2:15.85) and 100 fly (56.76), while Leigh (50 free) and Austin Sanford (100 free) each took third.

Fort Dodge closes out the pre-Christmas portion of its schedule on Thursday against No. 8 Ankeny. Action begins at 6 p.m.

Riley Helmers earned two junior varsity wins, claiming the 200 free and 500 free events, while Pecka (200 individual medley), Van Wey (50 free), Provin (100 free) and Bryce Rogers (100 breaststroke) all won JV races as well.



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