Bobcats nearly nip Roosevelt
One race, two points, 55-hundreths of a second.
The numbers will dance in Marshalltown head boys’ swimming coach Mike Loupee’s head for a few days, but not so much that it distracts him from all the positives the Bobcats pulled out of the pool in Tuesday’s season-opening double dual.
Marshalltown made its way to 27 lifetime-best times and nearly notched a sweep at the MHS pool, beating Oskaloosa 61-33 but falling to Des Moines Roosevelt by the aforementioned margins, 48-46.
The Bobcats and Roughriders were tied at 43-all going into the final race, and Des Moines Roosevelt eked out a slim victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay to stave off Marshalltown’s bid for a perceived upset. The Roughriders’ relay team touched the wall in 3 minutes, 35.62 seconds, while the Bobcats’ combined time was 3:36.17.
“I am so proud of the guys,” Loupee beamed after the meet. “They competed, they competed so well, they were into the meet, they battled, and it was a hell of a meet.
“It hurts to lose by two. Opportunities like this don’t come up very often, and every kid poured their heart into it.”
Roosevelt captured first and second place in the next-to-last race — the 100 breaststroke — to catch the Bobcats before the final event opened the window for the Roughriders.
“You lose a meet by 10 points or less, that’s on the coach,” Loupee said. “That’s on me and how I use my chess pieces.”
The Bobcats won half of the 12 events, with five of them coming in freestyle races and the other in the backstroke. Gage Petty and Ryne Downey both accounted for a pair of individual victories to lead MHS, and both were on Marshalltown’s winning 200 freestyle relay.
Petty won the 200 freestyle by nearly three seconds, clocking in at 1:57.91, and his sub-minute backstroke victory arrived in 59.81 seconds.
“That’s an outstanding start for Gage,” Loupee said of the winning times.
Downey doubled up with wins in the 50 freestyle (23.16) and the 100 freestyle (52.96), and Chris Streets won the grueling 500 freestyle by 19-hundreths of a second.
Downey, Petty, Brad Barkema and Carson Beals teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay, and the quartet of Downey, Nash Perisho, Beals and Petty placed second — barely — in the meet’s finale.
“The thing that encourages coach (Sam) Backstrom and I is that the kids were upset about losing,” said Loupee. “It’s gratifying as a coach to see that they’re not satisfied. They started talking about next week, asking what can we do to get better to improve and win, and as a coach that’s all you can ask.
“Even though we didn’t quite squeeze out the win, I am ecstatic about our first meet out of the chute.”
Marshalltown’s second week of competition is a busy one. Following the holiday break, the Bobcats go to Grinnell next Tuesday, Des Moines East on Thursday and Boone’s Toreador Relays on Dec. 1.
Des Moines Roosevelt 66, Oskaloosa 28
Des Moines Roosevelt 48, Marshalltown 46
Marshalltown 61, Oskaloosa 33
(Champion plus MHS placewinner)
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1. DMR (Olson, Garcia, D.Shay, Klinge) 1:47.22; 3. MHS (Streets, Gunderson, C.Summers, Barkema) 1:52.24.
200 FREESTYLE — 1. Gage Petty, MHS, 1:57.91; 3. Nash Perisho, MHS, 2:02.24.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1. Alex Shay, DMR, 2:14.55; 2. Carson Beals, MHS, 2:23.24; 5. Caleb Jones, MHS, 2:52.88.
50 FREESTYLE — 1. Ryne Downey, MHS, 23.16; 3. Brad Barkema, MHS, 24.58.
100 BUTTERFLY — 1. Duncan Shay, DMR, 58.30; 2. Caleb Summers, MHS, 1:01.02.
100 FREESTYLE — 1. Downey, MHS, 52.96; 3. Perisho, MHS, 55.51.
500 FREESTYLE — 1. Chris Streets, MHS, 5:48.83; 5. Lance Ingram, MHS, 6:46.64.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. MHS (Downey, Petty, Barkema, Beals) 1:34.61.
100 BACKSTROKE — 1. Petty, MHS, 59.81; 4. Beals, MHS, 1:03.18.
100 BREASTSTROKE — 1. Hamilton Parrish, DMR, 1:09.19; 4. Blaine Gunderson, MHS, 1:15.74.
400 FREEESTYLE RELAY — 1. DMR (Vald, Brown, D.Shay, A.Shay) 3:35.62; 2. MHS (Downey, Perisho, Beals, Petty) 3:36.17.