Swimmers start fast after break

Magic swimmers showed no signs of rust from their slowest portion of the season. Instead, they came back from a second consecutive eight-day layoff stronger than before as they turned in an impressive all-around meet to earn a first place finish at the Panther Invite in Spring Lake Park Saturday.
The evidence of a true team effort is easily found when looking at the meet results. The team-oriented four-person relays was where the Magic were really able to distance themselves from the competition, picking up wins in each of the three events.
It started in the 200 Medley Relay where Monticello got off to their usual fast start. Lawrence Krause and Derrick Teicher swam the opening two legs, keeping the Magic near the front of the pool. When Paul Fair jumped in, the Magic were near the front. When he got out, they were well in front. His time of 23.83 was two and a half seconds better than anyone else near the top of the leaderboard. It also provided plenty of cushion for his brother Jack, who more than held his own in the anchor leg as he pushed the Magic to an opening victory in a time of 1:46.2.
The next relay, the 200 yard free, saw an even more dominant effort from the Magic. Evan Lahr, Fair, Teicher and Fair turned in a sub 1:34 time that was well over two seconds better than their nearest competitor.
Monticello didn’t let up in the final relay event. Lahr, Blaise Nyberg, Connor Hangsleben and Krause earned nearly a three second margin of victory in the 400 free relay. Nyberg came in at 50.99 for the fastest time of the four Magic swimmers in the event.
Monticello fared nearly as well in individual events, finishing with someone in the top five in nearly every event.
In the 200 free, Nyberg swam to a third place finish. In the 200 yard IM Paul Fair won a thrilling battle with Aaron Schwab from Elk River, finishing .35 seconds ahead of Schwab to earn the event victory. Fair’s time, 2:03.64 was also good enough to set a new school record in the event.
In the 50 free, the Magic showed off their abundance of sprinting talent. Lahr nipped Jack Fair by .03 seconds as the Magic duo went 1-2 in the event. Teicher made it three Magic finishers in the top ten with a sixth-place finish.
In the 100 yard fly Paul Fair suffered a rare loss as Colter Allen outpaced him down the stretch to earn a .2 second victory and relegate Fair to a second-place finish. In the 100 yard free, Lahr earned another narrow victory, this time by .07 seconds. Jack Fair was half a second back, finishing in fourth place. Nyberg and Hangsleben each earned top five finishes in the 500 yard free, finishing second and fifth respectively. In the 100 back Krause finished sixth for the Magic, while Teicher rounded out the individual swimming events with a seventh place finish in the 100 breaststroke.
And in diving Logan Bican scored 259.9 points to earn a ninth place finish.
The Magic scored 405 points at the meet, just surpassing the hosts from Spring Lake Park who tallied 397. Buffalo was third at the eight team event, finishing with 343 points.
The Magic host a meet tonight, vs Cambridge-Isanti, beginning at 6 p.m.