As the calendar has turned to the year 2020, the Waukee boys swimming team officially embraced it with a victory Tuesday night as they bested the three-team field in Atlantic.
The Warrior varsity squad walked away with the overall dual meet victory with 78 team points followed by Sioux City with 76 and Atlantic with 17 team points. The Warrior JV captured 60 team points on the night as well.
Within the varsity scene, the Warriors cruised to 78 team points behind nine first-place finishes and 18 top-three finishes. It was near perfection for Waukee who nearly captured all first-place finishes, missing out on just two events.
Cameron Linder had a strong night as part of three first-place finishes. His lone individual first-place finish came in one of his specialties, the 200 IM. There he bested the entire field and captured the top spot with a time of 1:57.06 which just so happened to mark his season-best in high school waters. It also marked a team-best time across all 200 IM swimmers for Waukee so far. Following Linder in the 200 IM Tuesday was Levi Manning who clocked in a time of 2:13.07, placing him third overall and three seconds off of his season-best mark.
As for Linder, he also took part in two relay events that captured first place. The first was in the 200 Yard Medley Relay event. The senior teamed up with Clayton Gustafson, Jackson Whitaker, and fellow Junior Nationals participant Drew Reiter. Together, the foursome clocked in a time of 1:43.60. Linder also took part in the 400 Yard Free Relay event alongside Gustafson, Eli Waltman, and Reiter. The foursome earned the first-place spot with a time of 3:21.84.
Other first-place finishers on the night included Asher Havenhill who toppled the 200 Yard Freestyle event with a time of 1:50.76. He was followed by James Coffey with a time of 1:52.18 in second-place. Havenhill came just a second off of a second first-place finish after earning a time of 50.13 seconds in the 100 Yard Freestyle event. AJ Abram clocked in a first-place time in the 50 Yard Freestyle thanks to a time of 22.57 seconds. Andrew Peelen led the way in the 100 Yard Backstroke thanks to a time of 57.83 seconds which set a new season-best for him. Drew Reiter also added in one individual first-place outing, capturing first in the 100 Yard Breastroke event. The seasoned star clocked in a time of 59.29 seconds.
So far on the campaign, the Warriors have but one blemish to their overall record, marking one of the best dual meet records inside the conference. Next up on the docket for the Warrior swimmers will be home match-up against Southeast Polk. That event will come on Thursday, Jan. 9 and will begin with first races at 5 p.m.