Winning nine of 11 races, NCMP’s Cardinal boys pulled away from the visiting Des Moines East Scarlets for a decisive victory in their home swimming pool.
The Cardinals won the dual 118-52 on Tuesday at the Newton YMCA. NCMP evened its dual mark at 1-1 for the young season.
“We’re into a gauntlet of meets right now. We had our invitational last Saturday, and we have back-to-back home duals this week then the Marshalltown Invitational this Saturday,” NCMP head coach Sarah Patterson said. ‘Then we have meets Tuesday and Thursday of next week.”
NCMP seniors Adam Hunter and Carter Briggs posted double event wins on the pool. Hunter and Briggs also each swam on two winning relays.
“It is going amazing this year. I’m doing great for the portion of the season we’re in.” Hunter said after winning the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle races. “I’m pushing myself and it’s paying off. I see it in the meets because I’m getting times I was getting close to districts last year. I’m just excited about this season.”
Hunter opened Tuesday’s meet with a 15-second win over teammate and senior Deklan Lewis in the 200 freestyle. Hunter won in 2 minutes, 11.60 seconds while Lewis touched the wall in 2:26.15.
Later in the meet, Hunter claimed first place in the 400 freestyle in 4:44.99. He was followed by teammates Henry Jensen and Devin Lamb, both sophomores, in 5:11.20 and 5:49.66, respectively, for second and third.
“I’m excited about the season and to see where I can go from here,” Hunter said. “As a team with each meet each of the guys are improving.”
Patterson said it was a different atmosphere from Saturday’s Cardinal Invitational with six teams and a packed house to tonight’s dual.
“But the kids came out and swam pretty well. East has a decent team, but had some people out tonight. We went with a stronger lineup and a good confidence booster meet for a lot of our guys,” she said.
Patterson said the team has a lot of little things to work on. She said she talked to the swimmers about being a little more focused before the meet starts.
“I’m all for having fun, but we need to be focused on being mentally ready to compete at meets,” Patterson said.
Briggs won the 200 individual medley in 2:30.56, beating East’s Andrew Lein, who had a 2:33.01 time. Jensen and Lamb were third and fourth in 2:47.96 and 3:00.83.
NCMP has two of the top five swimmers in the state in the 100 breaststroke. Those two swimmers show that Tuesday.
Briggs and sophomore Jaden Dydell are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the state in the 100-yard breaststroke. On Tuesday swimming the 100-meter breaststroke, Briggs won in 1:12.29 and Dydell was second at 1:13.01.
NCMP teammate Grant Freese, a senior, was fourth in 1:27.44.
Dydell won the 100 freestyle in 1:00.9 with junior Jacob Nedder in second place at 1:01.31. Junior Clay Meyer finished fourth in 1:07.94.
Nedder came back to claim first place in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.51. Lewis was third in 1:11.44, just edged at the wall by East’s Alex Liu, 1:11.14.
Senior James Westbrook took fifth for NCMP in the backstroke race in 1:34.08. Westbrook was fourth in the 100 butterfly in 1:25.54.
Senior Mason Lee took second in the 100 butterfly race in 1:15.94. Teammate Mitch Faidley, another senior, was third in 1:19.99.
Sophomore Landon Heisdorffer placed fourth in the varsity 200 freestyle race in 2:38. He later won the junior varsity 100 freestyle race in 1:12.75.
NCMP began the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Nedder, Briggs, Lee and Dydell edged out East’s top team by two seconds, 2:00.29 to 2:02.99.
NCMP also took third in that relay race. The team of Jensen, Freese, junior Izaak Miller and Meyer finished in 2:15.86.
Miller captured second in the 50 freestyle in 27.79 seconds. Meyer was third in 29.75 seconds.
Briggs, Dydell, Hunter and Lee claimed first in the 200 freestyle relay. Lee had a 26.95-second anchor leg to out-touch East’s Ethan Straight at the end. NCMP’s winning time was 1:49.12 and East touched in 1:49.44.
The NCMP team of senior Elijah Sander, Freese, Faidley and Lamb was third in 2:04.91.
In the final event of the meet, Nedder, Miller, Meyer and Hunter combined to win the 400 freestyle relay in 4:17.61. NCMP’s foursome of Jensen, Lamb, Faidley and Lewis was second in 4:46.34.
“I thought both teams swam really hard. I think it came down to overall discipline and training,” NCMP senior Dallas Schaeffer said of the meet. “We beat them a lot on turns and our finishes.”
Schaeffer, who swam in the junior varsity races for NCMP, said he thought his races were pretty good. He said wasn’t as fast as he was last year but knows it’s early in the season and is confident he will see drops in times as it progresses.
NCMP won all three junior varsity relays. Freese won the junior varsity freestyle and junior Parker Sherwood was the winner in the 100 backstroke. There were seven junior varsity events — NCMP competed in six — in the meet.
NCMP hosts Boone at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Newton YMCA. It travels to Marshalltown on Saturday.
Here are the junior varsity results from Tuesday:
200-m medley relay: 1. NCMP (Sherwood, Lamb, Faidley, Elijah Sander), 2:34.14, 2. NCMP (Jonah Weithers, Zachary Ort, Schaeffer, Gabe Sander), 3:17.97.
50-m freestyle: 1. Freese, 30.50, 2. E. Sander, 32.47, 3. Schaeffer, 38.86.
100-m freestyle: 1. Heisdorffer, 1:12.75, 2. Sherwood, 1:18.18, 3. Ort, 1:23. 10.
200-m freestyle relay: 1. NCMP (Ort, Schaeffer, G. Sander, Heisdorffer), 2:25.19.
100-m backstroke: 1. Sherwood, 1:34.22, 4. Weithers, 2:02.90.
400-m freestyle relay: 1. NCMP (Ort, Weithers, g. Sander, Schaeffer), 6:13.27.