Third place for ’Cats at Toreador Relays

BOONE – The Marshalltown boys’ swimming team won the two events that Waukee didn’t, yet the Bobcats got nipped by Fort Dodge for second place behind the Warriors on Saturday at the Toreador Relays hosted by Boone.

The Bobcat tandem of Blair Van Staalduine and Sam Carter claimed first place in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle relays. The duo topped the 2×50 free relay field with a combined time of 46.27 seconds, and in the 2×100 relay their winning time was 1:42.72.

Marshalltown scored points in every event except the breaststroke, yet came from behind Boone to pass the Toreadors with a third-place finish in the final event. The Bobcats’ 400 freestyle relay team of Van Staalduine, Daniel Lothe, Carter and Hunter Barnard picked up six critical points in a combined time of 3:36.22.

Lothe and Cole Podhajsky scored Marshalltown’s only second-place finish of the day, teaming up for a time of 11:23.35 in the 2×500 freestyle relay. Barnard and Jack Greene got third place in the 2×200 freestyle relay (4:17.33).

“Finishing third in this meet means the kids are very competitive, which is nice to see,” said MHS coach Mike Loupee. “Whenever they hit the water, they’re racing, they’re giving their best effort, and that’s a trait we can certainly work with and continue to improve upon.”

Loupee said the squad posted 14 lifetime-best times and 32 season-bests. Both Van Staalduine and Carter logged lifetime-bests in their splits of the 2×100 freestyle relay, and the 400 free relay team dropped more than four seconds from its time in Tuesday’s season opener.

“We hung in there pretty well,” Loupee said. “It was quite a dogfight and we got past Boone on that last relay.”

The Bobcats begin a three-meet week with Tuesday’s home dual against Indianola. Marshalltown visits Valley on Thursday and hosts Valley, Newton and Cedar Rapids Kennedy for the Bobcat Invite next Saturday.