For the Magic swimming and diving program, they’ve made it clear that winning early season meets isn’t the key to a successful season.
That being said, they certainly got a nice confidence boost Tuesday night as they pulled away from a quality Spring Lake Park team down the stretch to win their first dual meet of the season, 97-86.
The Magic entered the meet coming off of a shaky relay exhibition meet last week and in need of some good vibes. They got them.
The meet was close early. Despite two wins from Paul Fair through six events, Monticello trailed by five points. But when the meet started featuring sprinters a bit more heavily, the Magic took over.
In the 100 free, Evan Lahr, Jack Fair and Michael Carriveau came in first, second and fifth, respectively.
“They’re looking very good,” said Coach Dirk Westveer about his sprinters.
That event gave the Magic just a one point lead, but it was one they wouldn’t relinquish.
Blaise Nyberg helped make sure of that. He stayed just in front of teammate Connor Hanglseben in the 500 free, as the teammates went 1-2 to extend Monticello’s lead out to nine points.
After Lahr, the Fair brothers and Derek Teicher dominated a relay to maintain the lead, Lawrence Krause and his fellow backstrokers pushed it out to an uncatchable margin.
Krause finished the 100 back in 1:01.35 to earn a victory, followed by Roy Popp in third and Michael Carriveau in fourth as Monticello pushed the lead to 85-68.
Westveer was happy with how Monticello compared to the visitors from SLP, but he was even happier with how the Magic compared to last year.
“I think the guys swam really well,” he said. “We saw some improvement over last year – there were a lot of positives.”
The Magic head to Brainerd next for a Dec. 27 invitational.