by Dennis Dalman – firstname.lastname@example.org
The boys Sartell Sabre Swim Team tallied an impressive 106-80 victory over St. Cloud Tech last week in a Central Lakes Conference meet.
In 12 categories, both individual and team medleys, the Sabres, led by coach Jason Anderson, took eight first-place honors.
Midway through the swimming season, the Sabres now have a 6-1 record. So far, the top winning teams in the CLC are Sartell and the Brainerd Warriors with a 6-0 record as of press time Jan. 22.
At the meet with Tech, the Sabres outswam their rivals in a number of categories, taking first place in the following: 100-yard butterfly (Connor Hollingsworth); 100-yard freestyle (Jack Hellie); 100-yard breaststroke (Ian Lawson); 50-yard freestyle (Hellie); 200-yard individual medley (Lawson); 200-yard freestyle relay (Lawson, Ben Maurer, Jack Nieters and Chad Peichel); 200-yard medley relay (Hellie, Lawson, Nieters and Drew Reitz); and 400-yard freestyle relay (Hellie, Nieters, Trevor Nordlund and Reitz).
The Sabres are well on their way to the state CLC championship meet Feb. 7-8 in Alexandria.
As of press time Jan. 23, the CLC teams’ standings are as follows: Brainerd 6-0, Sartell 6-1, St. Cloud Tech, 4-2, Fergus Falls 2-3, Alexandria 2-3, Willmar 2-3, Rocori 1-4, Sauk Rapids-Rice 1-4 and St. Cloud Apollo 0-6.
So far, the Sabres have lost only once – to Brainerd. They won over Sauk Rapids-Rice, Fergus Falls, St. Cloud Apollo, Alexandria, Willmar and St. Cloud Tech.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.