Dodger swimmers edge Bobcats

Fort Dodge’s boys swim squad put together a total team effort and picked up its fourth win of the season against Marshalltown in the Dodger pool Thursday.

The Dodgers (4-3 in duals) trailed the Bobcats by six points going into the final three events of the meet, but a 1-2-3 finish in both the back stroke and the breast stroke powered them to an 89-81 victory on Parents Night and Senior Night.

“That’s exactly how close I thought it would be,” said Dodger coach Joel Greathouse, whose team closed out the home dual part of its schedule. “We knew it would take a team effort and that’s exactly what we got. We needed everyone to perform and they did. I think we saw season-bests in just about everything.”

Freshman Cole Davis won the backstroke in 1:02.36 for the Dodgers, followed by teammates Caleb Asay (1:03.11) and Zach Provin (1:05.24). Sophomore Nick Sanford then won the breast stroke in 1:10.91. Dodger Troy Brandt was second (1:11.60) and Bryce Rogers third (1:11.73).

“We picked up points here and there as we went,” said Greathouse. “Being such a close meet, every point counted.”

Fort Dodge won three other events. Rob Leigh was a double-winner, taking the 200 freestyle in 1:53.43 and winning the 100 in 55.63. The Dodgers also won the 200 medley relay in 1:51.38 swimming Asay, Sanford, Josh Lee and Tucker VanWey.

Davis finished second for the Dodgers in the 200 individual medley in 2:15.40 while teammate Mitchell Emery was third in 2:15.74. Emery was second in the 100 freestyle in 53.59 and Josh Lee took second in the 50 freestyle in 23.08.

The Dodgers were second in both the 200 free relay (1:34.48) and 400 free relay (3:32.60). Leigh, Emery, Davis and Lee swam the 200 relay, Leigh, Davis, Asay and Emery swam the 400 relay.

Emery was third in the 200 individual medley (2:15.74), Lee was third in the 100 butterfly (1:00.27) and VanWey was third in the 500 freestyle (3:36.65). The Dodgers also earned a third-place from their second 200 free relay in 1:42.18.

“With one more week until the Rusty Garst, I am excited to see our time drops,” said Greathouse.

Fort Dodge returns to the pool Tuesday at Mason City with a chance to secure second place in the CIC Northern Division dual standings. The Dodgers return home on Jan. 18, hosting the eight-team Rusty Garst Invitational.