DUBUQUE — Cedar Rapids Washington won three events, and Cedar Rapids Jefferson won another Saturday in the Mississippi Valley Conference swimming meet at Dubuque Hempstead.
Cedar Falls won the team title with 365 points, followed by Cedar Falls with 310 and Washington with 284.
Washington picked up a title from its 200-yard medley relay team of John Sevier, Joseph Gallet, Will McCartan and Andrew Jarvey, who swam the event in 1:41.47. Sevier won the 50 freestyle in 22.32 seconds, and Gallett won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.77.
“The competition here is pretty rough,” Sevier told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. “We came into this thinking it would pretty much be a pre-state meet because of all the good teams in the conference, and that’s how it turned out.
“Andrew Jarvey really brought it home for us (in the medley). His freestyle leg was amazing.”
Jefferson’s Blake Higgins also commented on the quality of the competition.
“The competition here was pretty tough in pretty much everything except the fly,” said Higgins, winner of the 100 butterfly. “I went 53 earlier this week, and 55 won it today.”
Higgins set a school record of 53.20 in a dual meet, then won Saturday’s race in 55.13 seconds.
“I’m not happy about my time,” Higgins told the Telegraph Herald. “But we had a couple of really tough days in practice this week, and I might have been a little tired. I have a lot of room for improvement. I know that time is going to come down a lot when we hit our taper.”
Washington swimmers said they’d been working hard, too.
“Our entire team is tired, but we trucked through it,” Gallet told the Telegraph Herald. “This wasn’t our best showing, and we know it. We know we have a lot of improvement to make before district and state when we start to taper.”