Pearson doubles up for Dodgers

The Fort Dodge swim team was given the chance to enjoy themselves in the pool here Thursday night ahead of Saturday’s Rusty Garst Invitational.

Ashley Beaumont, in her first season as Dodger head coach, allowed her swimmers to select what events they wanted to compete in against Ames. The Little Cyclones, ranked eight in the power ratings, scored a 131-39 victory.

Cole Pearson won both the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke to lead the way for FDSH. A pair of relays were third and Ben Lennon added a fourth.

“We are really focusing in on the Garst because it’s our home invite and will be the first time for my new swimmers to even compete in an invitational this year,” Beaumont said. “We want to put together as good of an effort as we can this Saturday, so we let them have some fun with this one.

“Plus, a lot of the kids are really good friends with Ames swimmers because of ACAC.”

Pearson, a senior who is headed to the University South Dakota, clocked a time of 22.58 in the 50 and went 55.93 in the backstroke.

Lennon had a 54.33 in the 100 freestyle to place just behind Daniel Huber of Ames for third.

Max Doebel, Demetri Grantham, Austin Jorgensen and Lennon went 1:46.53 for third in the 200 freestyle relay, with Pearson, Lennon, Coert Groff and Kyzer Stanley clocking a time of 1:50.99 for bronze in the 200 medley relay.

“We had a lot of really good swims,” Beaumont said. “Several kids knocked a lot of time off their PRs and I’m just really excited about entering these final few weeks and seeing what we can do.”

Action begins on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Joining Fort Dodge will be Atlantic, Carroll, Decorah, Newton, Sioux City West, Spencer and Waterloo West.