By BRAD SALMEN
COKATO – The DC girls swim & dive team opened the COVID era with a victory in their meet of the season at home Thursday, Sept. 3, defeating the visiting Litchfield Dragons 92-87.
“It was a great night for the girls team,” said DC head coach Nathan Youngs. “The girls did a great job with all the new COVID rules and restrictions, and won 8 of the 12 events and had many career best times.”
Indeed, the meet looked a lot different from years past. The biggest, and most obvious change, was that no fans were allowed in the stands – only athletes, coaches, meet workers, and facility staff (and two media members).
Everyone wore masks, except the athletes who were competing or about to compete.
The visiting Dragons sat in the stands, while the Chargers sat on the opposite end of the pool.
Instead of alternating lanes, Litchfield had lanes 1-2-3, while DC had lanes 4-5-6. And so on.
The DC administration did their best to take the sting out of the “no fans” rule (which was handed down by the Minnesota State High School League), streaming a live video of the meet on Youtube. Technology Integration Specialist Justin Larson did a phenomenal job at the helm, working the audio, visual, and technology, and even interviewing the swimmers and divers.
As for the meet, while the final score was a five-point difference, in actuality the Chargers won with ease, as the last two events were scored 1-2-3 for Litchfield as a courtesy.
First-place finishers for DC included:
• Amelia Travis in the 200 Free and 100 Fly
• Veronica Stenberg in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke
• Britanie Borg in diving
• All three relays
Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.