Dogies dunk the Bearcats

By: 
Sonja Karp, NLJ Sports Editor

Photo courtesy of Doug Scribner

Archer Ohnstad swims the breaststroke leg of the 200 IM at the Douglas Invitational Swim Meet Saturday. His third-place finish in the race helped his team to edge out the Bearcats for the team win on the day.

 

After being dry-docked for five weeks from competition, the Dogie swim team made a splash as they got back into action by defeating the Douglas Bearcats in back-to-back events last week. First, head coach Doug Scribner’s squad bested the Converse County team 51-31 at the Buffalo Triangular on Thursday, then they won the Douglas Invitational on Saturday, edging out the Bearcats by 2 and Natrona by 49 points.

“We won a dual against Campbell County last year or the year before, but this is the first time we’ve won an invitational,” Scribner said, grinning. “And it was also great to beat Douglas two times in one week, and it was the first time we’ve beat Natrona.”

Not only was Saturday the first time the boys won the Douglas Invitational, they did so against bigger teams. The Dogies were down a man, so they only had seven members competing, but they were still able to get the better of teams with 9 and 10 members each.

The squad won five of the seven individual events and two of the three relays on their way to scoring their 113 points. 

“It was also encouraging that both Douglas and Natrona were bigger teams, but we still were able to beat them,” Scribner described. “I was actually kind of worried last week, because we hadn’t had a meet in five weeks and practice over the Christmas break was kind of sporadic.

We had to cancel five meets and I knew that would impact where we were at — I just didn’t know how.”

Five weeks of no competition in a season that only lasts 11 weeks seems like a lot, however, as Scribner looked at how his team swam in Buffalo, there were a couple of improvements, but some were a little slower. Then, in Douglas, there were a couple more improvements or his swimmers were back on their times, so that was a relief for everyone.

Harrison Gross had a standout meet at Douglas by posting personal best times in the 50 Freestyle and also in the 400 Freestyle where he finished just two seconds shy of a qualifying time.

“His swim in the 400 was amazing. About halfway through it, I asked Ramsey [Gross] if he thought he could hold the pace and he admitted that he didn’t know,” Scribner said. “The kid he swam against was seeded ahead of him but he stayed right with him for the first 150, and after 200 meters were done he just kept going and beat him by half a pool’s length.”

Logan Olson also posted a personal best in the 200 IM where he finished first with a meter time of 3:10.14, which translates to 2:51.30 in yards. 

In addition to Olson’s win in the 200 IM, Ramsey Gross took first in the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke, Nate Strickland was first to the wall in the 100 Freestyle, while Harrison Gross was the champion in the 400 Freestyle. 

The team of Olson, Samuel Scribner, Ramsey Gross and Strickland also won the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle team consisting of Ramsey Gross, Strickland, Olson and Harrison Gross won that event.

Two days prior, the Dogies split at the Buffalo Triangular, defeating Douglas by 20 points and losing to Buffalo 34-63.  

“Buffalo is fast and they
have some of the best sprinters in the state,” Scribner explained. “They did beat us, but we stayed with them pretty well. They didn’t crush us and there were some good races against them.”

Ramsey Gross added another event to his rapidly filling state slate on Thursday when he finished third in the 100 Butterfly in 1:07.39, two seconds under the 3A qualifying time. 

Gross has now qualified in everything he has swam so far with the exception of the breaststroke and the 200 Freestyle where he finished just .80 seconds away from qualifying.

“We had two good meets last week and it was also just really good to get back to school and back into a routine after the chaos of Christmas break,” Scribner said. “We are doing the same thing as we did with the girls as far as changing our practice strategy, and the boys are getting faster and they seem to like it.”

Currently, the Dogies have six swimmers under 30 seconds in the 50 Freestyle, two guys are under a minute in the 100 Freestyle, while three more are within two to three seconds of a minute in the 100 Freestyle — which bodes well for the team as they get closer to the post-season.

This week the team is home on both Thursday and Friday. The Dogies will host a triangular against Douglas and Buffalo on Thursday and a dual against Douglas on Friday.

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