FD swimmers fall short

MASON CITY – Despite battling Mason City down to the wire, the Fort Dodge boys swim team was edged in a 51-43 decision on Tuesday night.

Rob Leigh was a double individual champion for the Dodgers, winning the 200 freestyle (1:53.37) and the 500 freestyle (5:12.84). Cole Davis (200 individual medley, 2:15.13) and Nick Sanford (100 breaststroke, 1:11.71) also recorded victories for FDSH.

Placing second for the Dodgers were Mitch Emery (200 individual medley, 2:16.17 and 100 butterfly, 1:01.59), Josh Lee (50 freestyle, 23.13 and 100 freestyle, 51.92), Davis (100 backstroke, 1:01.49), the 200 medley relay (Caleb Asay, Sanford, Lee and Troy Brandt, 1:52.03), the 200 freestyle relay (Leigh, Asay, Davis and Lee, 1:34.91) and the 400 freestyle relay (Lee, Davis, Asay and Emery, 3:33.24). Finishing third for Fort Dodge were Bryce Rogers (100 breaststroke, 1:12.45), the 200 freestyle relay (Sanford, Riley Helmers, Brandt and Tucker Van Wey, 1:92.90) and the 200 medley relay (Zach Provin, Rogers, Emery and Helmers, 1:56.68).

“We knew we needed to get first and third heading into the last event, and we ended up second and fourth,” said FDSH head coach Joel Greathouse. “We’re still maintaining our times, though. It was an all-around close meet with good competition. It was a fun meet to watch.”

Next action for the Dodgers is Saturday when they host their own Rusty Garst Invitational. Start time is set for 12:30 p.m.