Getting into the meat of its winter season, the Cambridge-Isanti boys swim & dive team tied for 3rd place at the Jan. 7 Panther Invite hosted at Spring Lake Park. C-I’s Mississippi 8 partner Monticello held off Elk River to win the meet title.
The Bluejackets had several top-10 performances to help them to a tie with the host Panthers. Calvin Cicha led the way by winning the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:04.4, and he also placed 4th in the 200 Individual Medley at 2:11.6. Parker Brown had a very strong day in Diving while placing 2nd at 321.1 points.
More top results for the Bluejackets at the Invite: Benj Nault-Maurer 5th in the 100 Backstroke (1:01.3) and 7th in the 200 Freestyle (1:587); Grant McCormick 7th in the 100 Butterfly (1:01.8); Kyle McCormick 9th in the 50 Free (24.4) and 9th in the 100 Free (54.7); Matt Taray 10th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:13,4); the 200 Free Relay of Nault-Maurer, Cicha and the McCormicks placing 4th (1:37.8); and the 400 Free Relay of Darren Codner, the McCormicks and Nault-Maurer placing 5th (3:38.2).
SLP Panther Invite: Monticello 464, Elk River 422, Cambridge-Isanti 271, Spring Lake Park 271, St. Louis Park 256, Buffalo 253, Fridley 224, White Bear Lake 162.
C-I 98, Buffalo 88
The Bluejackets opened the Mississippi 8 Conference season 1-0 by defeating the host Bison Jan. 5. Posting 1st places for Cambridge-Isanti were Calvin Cicha (200 IM and 100 Breaststroke), Parker Brown (Diving), the 200 Free Relay (Cicha, K.McCormick, G.McCormick, Codner) and the win-clinching 400 Free Relay (K.McCormick, G.McCormick, Codner, Nault-Maurer).
• On Jan. 10, host Andover defeated C-I 100-85 in a non-conference dual meet.