Tough task

The holiday break couldn’t come at a better time for the Fort Dodge boys swim team.

The Dodgers faced yet another top-tier foe in Waukee last night at the Dodger Pool, and even swimming at home for the first time couldn’t must enough energy for them as the No. 4 Warriors came away with a 120-50 victory.

Fort Dodge was coming off a 118-52 loss at No. 3 Dowling last week.

“Waukee is an extremely tough team,” said Dodger Coach Joel Greathouse. “We’ve seen a tough team for the second week in a row. It’s kind of hard getting going when you know what you are up against. Right now we are swimming tired. We’ve been on the road a lot. I was looking for some better time drops being at home for the first time.”

The Dodgers won three events, including the 200 free relay that clocked 1:35.38. Swimming on that relay was Rob Liegh, Emery Mitchell, Cole Davis and Josh Lee.

Lee and Leigh had the other wins. Leigh won the 200 individual medley in 2:12.49 and Lee took the 50 freestyle in 23.26, just 1/100th of a second ahead of Waukee’s Brett Shaw.

Leigh finished second in the 100 yard freestyle in 56.37, just .15 out of first. Lee and Davis also earned runner-up finishes. Lee was second in the 100 freestyle in 52.60. Waukee’s Jack Scafuri won with an impressive 50.08. Davis, just a freshman, was second in the 200 freestyle in 2:01.75.

“Rob and Josh can definitely compete with anybody,” said Greathouse. “Our freshmen are starting to learn how to swim at the varsity level. Our relays now see what it will take as we go forward. The kids are a little frustrated, but I was happy we stayed consistent. We didn’t see any big drops.”

Fort Dodge’s two other relays finished third. The 200 medley clocked 1:49.12 with Caleb Asay, Nick Sanford, Leigh and Lee. The 400 free swam 3:44.35 with Davis, Mitchell, Tucker VanWay and Asay.

The Dodgers jump right back into the same tough competition after the break, traveling to No. 6 Ankeny on Jan. 6. They return home Jan. 9 against Marshalltown.