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Boys Swimming: Waubonsie edges out rival Neuqua

Waubonsie Valley's Steven Ernst  finished second 200 yard individual medley during dual meet against NeuquValley Thursday. | Donnell Collins~For

Waubonsie Valley's Steven Ernst finished second in the 200 yard individual medley during a dual meet against Neuqua Valley on Thursday. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 10, 2013 11:11PM

The Waubonsie Valley swimming team continues to prove that this could be a very special season.

On Thursday, the host Warriors, who have been demonstrating all year that they can compete with the big guys, topped archrival Neuqua Valley in a dual meet for the first time in almost a decade.

“We’re friends with all the Neuqua guys,” said Steven Ernst, a member of the Waubonsie Valley 400 free relay team that sealed the victory at the end. “Beating them is a pride thing. We realized we had to step up in that last relay and win it if we wanted to win the meet.”

The final score was 96-90 after Ernst and teammates Bailey York, Nathan Morris and Adam Stacklin finished the 400 free relay in 3:21.19, more than ten seconds ahead of Neuqua’s relay team.

“Beating Neuqua is important to us because we swim with most of those guys at club,” said Morris. “We swam one of our best times of the year in the 400 free relay.”

Waubonsie, whose depth is proving to be one of the team’s strengths, also won the 200 medley relay, with York, Stacklin and Ernst joining Michael McWhirter in winning the top spot.

McWhirter, who had an outstanding all-around meet, also won both the 50 and the 100 freestyle.

“McWhirter is an absolute talent,” said Waubonsie Valley coach Nick Arens. “He had a great meet and he will be a big deal at the end of the season.”

The Warriors’ Adam Trotter and Kai Motoyama finished one-two in the 100 breaststroke, and Stacklin, who usually delivers important points for Waubonsie, won both the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.

“We knew we were a solid team this year,” Arens said. “But we’ve had more and more guys contributing in so many different ways. This was a good win.”

Neuqua Valley coach Chad Allen was impressed by the victorious Warriors.

“The medley relay was the key to their win,” said Allen. “We thought we could win that race, but they had Stacklin on the team and they won it. They were fired up. Give Waubonsie credit, they’re a very good team. This is the first time they’ve beaten us in my eight years here.”

Brian Dupuy and Drew Dvorchak were impressive for the Wildcats as DuPuy won the 500 free and finished first by edging Morris in the 200 freestyle. Dvorchak touched first in the 200 IM.

Kyle Wilkins of the Wildcats won the diving and Neuqua got its lone relay victory in the 200 free relay behind Will Russell, Joe Widuch, Alex Thoele and Alan Cartwright.

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