The Princeton boys swim & dive squad made it a festive night in the home pool Jan. 16 after defeating Cambridge-Isanti 102-84 for the team’s first Mississippi 8 win on the season.
“The boys have been working hard, but this is the first meet we’ve had where they seemed to understand why they’ve been working hard. They walked out on the deck for the Anthem totally prepared to not only chase down Cambridge but to overpower them,” said Tiger Coach Lindsy Paurus. “Our Medley Relay A and B teams were seeded slower than Cambridge, but the boys were so confident and they attacked all the way to the wall, taking first and third, setting the tone for the entire meet. Every event that followed had boys standing behind the block, prepared to defeat their opponents.”
Trent Lange, Wyatt Lawrence, Bailey Carlberg and Gino Fraboni teamed on the winning Medley Relay for a 1:57.2 time. Backing them for third-place points in that event were Matt Hofstad, Scott Furman, Dustin Moinichen and Noah Swanson (2:01.5).
After Lawrence took second in the 200 Freestyle (2:09.7), Luke Paplham followed with a first place in the 200 IM (2:22.4) and Nicholas Johnson won the 50 Free (22.6) in a tight race. Paplham (1:02.9) and Moinichen (1:08.6) placed first and second in the 100 Butterfly, then Johnson won the 100 Free at 50.1 which, coupled with Tommy Milam’s third place, had the Tigers ahead 62-48.
The Bluejackets swept the top three spots to tighten the meet at 65-61, but the Tigers answered when Paplham, Milam, Fraboni and Johnson won the 200 Free Relay (1:37.3). Hoftad (1:03.8) and Lange built on the lead by placing first and second in the 100 Backstroke, and Lawrence won the 100 Breaststroke at 1:14.5.