MASON CITY | Veteran Mason City boys swimming coach Steve Hugo looks to have a lot of options this season.

The Mohawks have on of their larger rosters in years, and some of the young talent is already beginning to blend with the veterans at the varsity level.

On Thursday, the Mohawks opened their home season. And the new-found depth played a role as Mason City pulled out a 56-38 win over Southeast Polk.

While many of the veterans from a season ago such as Nick Litterer and Derek Johnson figured in many of the event victories for the Mohawks, just as important was the number of times that the Mohawk depth produced two scorers in events.

Mason City placed two in the top three nine times in 11 events.

A disqualification in the 100 freestyle prevented the Mohawks scoring twice in 10 events.

“Big shout to Ben Hehr,” Hugo said. “He had some great races.”

Hehr, a sophomore, appeared on the winning medley relay, the second-place 200 freestyle relay and won the 100 butterfly and took second in the 200 individual medley.

Derek Wurth, a senior who saw his first appreciable varsity time, finished second in the 100 freestyle and scored points in all three of his relay appearances.

Wurth had a particularly strong second leg in the 400 freestyle relay in which he erased a deficit of a little more than a second and gave the Mohawks a four-second advantage.

The depth, though, came from several of the younger performers.

Three freshmen — Aden Stroup, Ryan Korthals and Sawyer Berg — all scored points.

Korthals finished second in the 100 breaststroke and was third in the 200 individual medley while Stroup anchored the winning medley relay and swam a leg on the winning 400 freestyle relay.

Berg added depth to two scoring relays.

Mason Berg, one of the key veterans for Mason City, was not available due to a shoulder injury.

Mason City returns to the pool on Thursday when it travels to Fort Dodge.

The Mohawks return home on Dec. 19 when they host Spencer.


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