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By Kyle Dmello, Xavier junior
CEDAR RAPIDS - The Xavier swimmers at Washington High School are doing well, as is Washington’ team.
The Warriors have moved up in the state ranks to fourth and finished second to Dubuque Senior at last weekend’s Mississippi Valley Conference meet at Jefferson.
Nick Durin continues to excel for Warriors. He was on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay against Cedar Falls and West Des Moines Valley. Against Kennedy, Durin was on the third-place 200 medley relay and in the 200 IM. He placed second in the 100 free and the 200 free relay. Finally, Durin finished up with the Jim Voss Invitational at Washington. In this eight-team meet, Durin placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke, second in the 200 medley relay, the 50 free and the 200 free relay.
Washington ended up beating Cedar Falls and Kennedy and finished second in the Jim Voss Invitational.
Kennedy also has continued to swim well. They picked up a win against Dubuque Hempstead and placed sixth at the Grayhound Invitational (14 team event) in Burlington. The Cougars were fifth at the MVC meet.
John Richardson of Xavier was on the winning 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay against Dubuque Hempstead. Against Washington, Richardson had one third place finish in the 100 free and came in second in the 200 medley relay, 100 backstroke and the 400 medley relay.
“I felt good about my times and it was a good way to finish my home meet career,” Richardson said. His fellow Xavier swimmer Evan Bednar swam in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.
“I think I did very well,” Bednar said. “I had personal best times in both events.”
In the Grayhound Invitational, Richardson picked up third- and fourth-place finishes.
Both teams also starting to prepare for the championship Season and the taper workouts have begun. Districts will be held Feb. 2 at Mercer Pool in Iowa City.
“This is the time of the season that we have been working for all season,” Richardson said. “Workouts are shorter and more intense, which prepares our bodies to swim in the highly competitive championship races.
“We hope to taper as well as we did last year and qualify more people to the state meet than last year.”