MASON CITY | With a lot kids on the roster, putting together a meet lineup has become a daunting task for Mason City boys swimming coach Steve Hugo.
Still, it seems like a task that Hugo thoroughly enjoys.
On Tuesday, Hugo shuffled kids around in an effort to not only put together a lineup that could secure a dual meet win against Spencer — which the Mohawks accomplished in a 58-36 victory — but to provide some competition within the Mason City squad in order to get a better handle on who can best help later in the season.
“We had some fun with our relays,” Hugo said. “It made the meet exciting.”
With the depth, Mason City was able to take two of the top three spots in nine of the 11 events.
The relays, though, were the feature events for Hugo as he assembled four competitive teams — two varsity and two junior varsity — and let the results in the pool speak for themselves.
The Mohawks earned victory in just one of the relays — the 400 freestyle — in which Randy Vaughan, Ben Hehr, Michael Rowe and Shaden Tweeten narrowly edged the Mason City team of Derek Johnson, Mason Berg, Derek Wurth and Sawyer Berg.
Mason City relay teams took second and third in the medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
Five different Mohawks won individual events on the evening.
Aden Stroup, a freshman, took first in the 200 freestyle while Ben Hehr won the 200 individual medley.
Ryan Korthals, another fresman, won the 100 butterfly, Derek Johnson claimed the 100 freestyle and Michael Manternach established a personal-best time for first in the 500 freestyle.
Mason City has one more meet before entering the winter break, but that will be a major challenge as the Mohawks travel to top-rated Ames on Thursday.
“We will have to enter a tough lineup,” Hugo said of the Ames meet.