Although Steve Hugo has retired from his teaching career, the veteran Mason City High School swimming coach couldn’t walk away from the pool.
On Thursday, it was a classic Hugo response following a dual meet against West Des Moines Dowling that saw a strong Maroon team down Mason City 77-17.
Despite the lopsided score, Hugo pointed to the 29 personal records that Mason City varsity swimmers recorded on the evening as a measure of growth.
“It’s good to be back,” Hugo said.
Mason City swimmers took first and second in the 50 freestyle as August Davison scored a win with a time of 23.20 seconds while Trevor Torkelson was second in 23.70.
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Dowling swimmers swept first and second in the remaining events, but that was not a reflection of the effort of the Mohawks.
Sawyer Berg posted a personal-best time of 1:05.91 in the 100 butterfly while Torkelson added a personal best in the 500 freestyle.
David Johnson added a personal best of 1:59.36 in the 200 freestyle.
While the familiar figure of Hugo is back on the side of the pool, one thing that has changed for the Mohawks is the workout regimen.