The Orono boys swim and dive team began their first week back with a narrow loss to St. Louis Park, by a score of 94-88.
The Spartans opened the competition by winning the 200 medley relay with the team of Eli Fish, Owen Gagné, Walter Royal and John Fort with a time of 1:44.11.
Orono also had several individual event winners, including Walter Royal in the 200 individual medley (2:07.63) and 100 butterfly (56.16), John Fort in the 100 freestyle (53.10) and Kaden Starcznski in the 100 backstroke ( 59.64). Gideon Fish took first place in the diving section with a score of 188.70.
St. Louis Park fought back, taking first place in the 200 freestyle relay and adding strong individual performances by Andre Barajas, who won the 200 and 500 freestyle (1:50.58 and 4:58.06 respectively), and Miles Nordling taking first place in the 100m breaststroke (1:03.75). The meet went to the final event, but Orono couldn’t overcome a dominating performance by the St. Louis Park 400 freestyle relay team, who won the event with a time of 3:29, 86.
Bryce Helms again led the way for Westonka, winning the JV 200 freestyle with a time of 2:04.65. Westonka also took first place in the JV 200 freestyle relay featuring Wyatt Helms, Kaegan Baglien, Eren Alemdar and Bryce Helms with a time of 2:04.65. (Due to MSCHSL co-op rules, combined with their small team size, Westonka is relegated to JV swimming in Metro West conference double meets).
The Orono Spartans took on 11 other teams at the Maroon and Gold Invite on Saturday. Overall, the Spartans took eighth place out of 12 teams with 256 points.
The 200m medley relay team of Kaden Starcznski, Owen Gagné, Walter Royal and John Fort took third place with a time of 1:42.70. In the individual events, Owen Gagné took third place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.11. In the 1 meter dive event, Nick Fogle put in an impressive performance taking second place out of 28 divers with a score of 366.75 points.
The boys have another big week ahead of them with an away encounter against Bloomington Jefferson followed by the True Team section encounter. This year, the section meeting will take place in Orono. With the largest number of teams in a small pool, the district decided not to allow supporters. The diving portion of the competition will take place in Westonka. Fans will be allowed there due to the smaller number.