Two senior days. Three dual meets. A trip to Iowa for an invitational canceled at the last minute because of a snowstorm.
It was a busy nine days for the Pekin co-op boys swimming and diving team. The stretch came to an end Thursday when the Dragons lost 111-75 at Peoria Richwoods.
It was senior day at Richwoods and Pekin’s five seniors -- co-captains Sam Dunn and Garrett Oliver, Ethan Gaudet, Dakota Schultz and Jayden Tabb -- were honored along with the Knights’ seniors.
Pekin had done the same thing Jan. 10 when it hosted Rock Island on the Dragons’ senior day. Rock Island’s seniors shared the spotlight.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Pekin coach Christine Dunn said about honoring a visiting team’s seniors.
The Dragons beat Rock Island 109-77. Two days earlier, they lost at home to visiting Metamora co-op 101-82.
Pekin was supposed to compete in the Burlington (Iowa) Invitational on Jan. 12, but got word the invitational was canceled a half-hour before a scheduled 6:30 a.m. bus departure.
The invitational will not be rescheduled.
As for Pekin’s seniors, Sam Dunn and Oliver are the lone four-year swimmers on the team. Dunn also was a captain of Pekin’s football team this past fall. Oliver will be continuing his swimming career at Monmouth College.
Gaudet is diving for the first time this season and scoring valuable points for the Dragons.
“Ethan learned six dives in two days and started competing,” Christine Dunn said.
Schultz is in Pekin’s JROTC program. Tabb also runs on the Pekin cross country and track teams.
“Jayden (Tabb) got into swimming to stay in shape for cross country and track and because he competes in triathlons,” Christine Dunn said.
Richwoods is one of the top boys swimming teams in the area.
“We knew it was going to be a tough meet for us. They (Richwoods) were going to get a lot of first places,” Christine Dunn said. “So we concentrated on improving our times and getting as many second and third places in events as we could.”
Alex Kula was the only Pekin swimmer who won an individual event against Richwoods. He was first in the 100 butterfly in :57.33.
The Dragons won two of the three relays. They were seeded behind Richwoods in both of their relay wins.
Brady Hild, Dillon Marlatt, Kula and Oliver won the 200 medley relay (1:50.93). Sam Dunn, Marlatt, Oliver and Kula combined to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.08).
Pekin divers Jayson Presley (second, 189.75) and Gaudet (fifth, 116.45) posted their highest six-dive point totals of the season.
Twins Isaac Watson and Garrett Watson competed against each other in an individual race for the first time this season. Isaac finished third (1:03.52) and Garrett was sixth (1:11.10) in the 100 butterfly.
Isaac is a third-year swimmer for Pekin; this is Garrett’s first year on the team.
Pekin won seven events against Rock Island.
Kula was a two-time winner of individual events, taking the 50 freestyle (:23.44) and 100 backstroke (1:00.75).
Hild won the 100 butterfly (1:01.79) and Matthew Peterson won the 100 breaststroke (1:16.70). Presley won diving (178.60 points).
The Dragons also won two relays.
Oliver, Kyle Leichtenberg, Tabb and Isaac Watson won the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.68) and Marlatt, Sam Dunn, Leichtenberg and Kula won the 400 freestyle relay (3:47.56).
Sam Dunn swam a personal-best 1:05.53 while finishing third in the 100 butterfly.
The Dragons had only four wins against Metamora.
Kula won the 200 freestyle (2:00.35), Marlatt won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.95) and Presley won diving (169.70 points).
The Dragons ended the meet on a winning note, taking the 400 freestyle relay. Marlatt, Sam Dunn, Isaac Watson and Kula were timed in a victorious 3:53.54.
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