C-I 2nd at own swim invite

Senior Benj Nault-Maurer earned big points at the Bluejacket Invite with a 2nd in the 100 Backstroke and 3rd in the 200 Freestyle.

Getting good production from across the events, the Cambridge-Isanti boys swim & dive squad placed 2nd at their own Bluejacket Invite on Saturday. Elk River, who will be competing for the Section 8AA title against St. Michael-Albertville and Brainerd this month, won the six-team affair with 595 points.

The Bluejackets’ lone 1st place came in the 200 Freestyle Relay where Calvin Cicha, Joe Lewis, Grant McCormick and Kyle McCormick teamed for a 1:37 time. Benj Nault-Maurer was 2nd in the 100 Backstroke (1:00) and also placed 3rd in the 200 Freestyle (1:56.6). Cicha matched those point totals by placing 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke (1:04.8) and 3rd in the 200 IM (2:10.2). Parker Brown also earned a 2nd-place in Diving with a solid 328.6 score on his 11 dives.

More top-10 finishes for the Bluejackets at the Invite were: G. McCormick 5th in the 200 Free (1:58.9) and 5th in the 100 Butterfly (1:01.2); K. McCormick 5th in the 50 Free (24.4) and 9th in the 100 Free (54.7); Matt Taray 6th (1:11.1) and Andrew Morley 8th (1:14.3) in the 100 Breaststroke; Austin Hemmelgarn 7th in Diving (257.9); John Solberg 7th in 100 Backstroke (1:04.3); Peter Edblad 8th (5:52.6) and Andrew Morley 9th (5:56.4) in the 500 Free; Darren Codner 9th in the 200 IM (2:23.2) and 10th in the 100 Free (54.8); Solberg 10th in the 200 IM (2:26.2); Cody Hemmelgarn 10th in Diving (216.6).

Junior Calvin Cicha continued his solid season for the Jacket Swim team with high places in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 IM at the Jan. 28 Bluejacket Invite. Cicha also had C-I’s lone 1st place– that coming in the Breaststroke– at the Jan. 26 dual meet against Monticello. Photos by Greg Hunt

“We had a lot of great swims from our younger swimmers that picked up a lot of depth points for us,” said C-I Coach Gary Gotz. “We are a lot more solid than we were at the beginning of the season but we will still be looking to our last two dual meets and the JV Conference meet to decide a few spots in the section roster.”

Bluejacket Invite

Elk River 595, Cambridge-Isanti 451, Champlin Park 327, Duluth 325, Superior 303, Princeton 244.

Monticello 99, Jackets 82

The strong and balanced Magic, ranked 6th in Class A, rolled to a Mississippi 8 dual win over the Bluejackets at CIHS Jan. 26.  In the process, Monti junior Paul Fair set a pool record in the 200 Freestyle with a 1:47.0 mark.

Sophomore Parker Brown has led the C-I Divers all season, placing 2nd off the board at the Jacket Invite.

Cicha came through with C-I’s lone win with another 1:04.7 time in the 100 Breaststroke, and he was just 2 seconds off Magic junior Evan Lahr’s time for a 2nd place in the 200 IM. More Bluejacket 2nd places in the meet were: Nault-Maurer in the 200 Free and 100 Backstroke; K.McCormick in the 50 Free; Brown in Diving and G. McCormick in the 100 Fly.


The Bluejackets close out the M-8 portion of their 2012 schedule with a Feb. 2 home meet against rival Princeton.

M-8 Boys Swim/Dive

St. Michael-Alb. 3-0, 7-0; Monticello 2-1, 3-1; Cambridge-Isanti 1-2, 4-4; Princeton 1-2; Buffalo 0-3.