SAUK RAPIDS — Sauk Rapids-Rice hosted rival Apollo in a swimming meet on Thursday night.
The Storm came out with the 99-81 win over the Eagles, but both teams showed off talent.
Sauk Rapids-Rice started the night with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, but Apollo was right behind in second place. Then, the Storm captured the top two spots in the 200 freestyle.
Noah Blodgett and Garret Broman finished first and second with times of 1:52.78 and 1:59.27. Cash Walz from Sauk Rapids-Rice showed off his skills in the 200 individual medley with a first-place finish and a time of 2:04.76.
Cade Jacobson from Apollo was right behind Walz and placed second with a time of 2:15.21. Sauk Rapids-Rice kept that first place spot in the 50 freestyle as Jack Christoferson swam a time of 22.78 and earned the top spot.
Apollo's Louie Freeman placed second with a time of 23.16. Sauk Rapids-Rice earned a handful of points in 1-meter diving with the top three places.
Reid Johnson, Hayden Zabinski and Andrew Markfelder ended up first, second and third respectively with Johnson scoring 175.75 points.
Walz also finished first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.26. Apollo had three swimmers that finished second through fourth place.
Sauk Rapids-Rice took the top two spots in the 100 freestyle with good swims from Blodgett and Christoferson. Blodgett swam 50.01, while Christoferson had a time of 52.53.
The Storm picked up another top two placements in the 500 freestyle. Alex Lucas ended up first with a time of 5:21.39, while Evan Scapanski swam a time of 5:38.21.
Sauk Rapids-Rice finished first in the 200 freestyle relay and Apollo was right behind in second place. Jaxon Young from the Storm had a strong swim in the 100 backstroke to finish first with a time of 1:00.73.
Apollo's Eric Malmanger finished behind Young in second place with a time of 1:04.78. Apollo earned the top three spots in the 100 breaststroke with Jack Cvancara taking the top spot with a time of 1:14.89.
Finally, the Eagles finished first in the 400 freestyle relay to end the night of swimming and diving.
Sauk Rapids-Rice will have true team at Willmar at 10 a.m. Saturday. Then, the Storm will hit the road to compete at Monticello at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Apollo will also be at true team in Willmar at 10 a.m. Saturday. Then, the Eagles return home to swim against Sartell at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Brian Mozey is the high school sports reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Reach him at 320-255-8772 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @BrianMozey.
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