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Melgaard tops own diving DLHS and pool records

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DETROIT LAKES - After breaking the Detroit Lakes High School and the BTD Aquatics Center diving pool record, junior Jon Melgaard can say he's already been there, done that.

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Melgaard broke both of his previous DLHS and pool diving records Friday after scoring a 260.70 in a duel meet against visiting Thief River Falls, in which the Lakers prevailed 101-82.

More importantly, Melgaard wasn't as concerned about the records, but where he is currently sitting with his diving performance at this point of the season.

"Last year around this time I was scoring 230's, so that's up by 30 points and that's almost a another whole dive," Melgaard said. "But it's nice getting those records, it would be nice to get them higher."

Melgaard, who has won the section diving meet the last two years, has a couple of marks in mind to hit this season to push him even further up the state rankings.

"My six-dive goal is 280 and my 11-dive goal is to break 450," Melgaard said. "I scored a 403 at sections last year and I think I can go higher than that."

Even though he's still just a junior, Melgaard is one of the veteran leaders on the team and he's also the anchor for a diving squad which has five divers on it.

The young Lakers had 12 swimmers who competed in their first meet in DL's season opener, so the inexperience level is high, but so is the talent level.

"So far, we've surprised ourselves, like beating Moorhead and taking third in the Fergus Falls Invite," Melgaard said. "It's great to know we can beat great teams like that. It's also good to have five divers, they just need to be more consistent and start scoring in the 200's.

"They all can definitely get there."

DL head swimming coach Rian Heimark said he's seen some great results coming from Melgaard and the diving team.

"Jon is diving smarter and just looks more relaxed," Heimark said. "He's more mature and isn't rushing things on the board at all."

The Lakers also closed out their 2009 portion of the schedule with a win, which included important production from the younger swimmers.

DL won seven events, including two of three relay races.

"The kids are showing their versatility," Heimark included. "The younger swimmers are learning everyday and dropping their times consistently."

Quillan Oak swam out of his comfort zone, racing in two events he normally doesn't swim, but won both.

Oak won each the 200 freestyle (1:53.34) and the 500 freestyle (5:08.26), while being on both victorious relay teams in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay races.

Brandon Olson also swam in an events he normally doesn't compete in, winning the 200 individual medley with a 2:22.17 time.

Cody Johnson also won in the 100 backstroke with a 1:11.22 mark.

The 200-medley team included Oak, Johnson, Cody Okeson and Olson -- which finished with a time of 1:54.10.

The 400 freestyle relay foursome combined for a winning mark of 3:40.61 and consisted of Okeson, Olson, Travis King and Oak.

Okeson was also second in the 50 freestyle.

"We've been getting some great results from Cody," Heimark said. "Travis King also had a phenomenal meet with personal best times in two events (50 and 500 freestyles). Cody Johnson had some great times in his events, as well.

"It's just a well-rounded team this year."

The Lakers will have two weeks of practice to get into the swing of the 2010 portion of their schedule, which is usually a grind.

Laker results

Thief River Falls at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Dec. 18.

Lakers 101, Prowlers 82

DL event results -- 200-yard medley relay: 1. DL A (Quillan Oak, Cody Johnson, Cody Okeson, Brandon Olson) 1:54.10; 3. DL B (Aaron Colby, Jon Melgaard, Jared Olson, Brady Eilertson) 2:09.41; DL C (Isaac Clem, Ben Thompson, Jacob Kempenich, Antonio Valdez) 2:41.49...200 freestyle: 1. Oak 1:53.34; 5. Brady Otto 2:25.65; 6. Mike Okeson 2:40.81...200 IM: 1. B. Olson 2:22.17; 3. C. Johnson 2:30.67; 6. Jared Olson 2:44.21...50 freestyle: 2. C. Okeson 25.22; 3. Travis King 25.29; 4. Carter Krengel 27.53...Diving: 1. Melgaard 260.70 (DLHS and pool record); 2. Pat Rethwisch 164.15; 3. Justin George 163.20...100 butterfly: 2. B. Olson 1:01.90; 4. J. Olson 1:13.34....100 freestyle: 2. Eilertson 1:01.16; 3. Krengel 1:02.09...500 freestyle: 1. Oak 5:08.26; 3. King 5:58.13...200 freestyle relay: 2. DL A (Melgaard, Eilertson, Krengel, King) 1:50.85; 3. DL B (Antonio Valdez, Otto, M. Okeson, Aaron Colby) 1:58.41; 4. DL B (Vaughn Johnson, George, Rethwisch, Clem) 2:00.98; 7. DL C (Jacob Kempenich, Austin CCullough, DJ Cahlin, Thompson) 2:27.93; 8. DL D (Hunter Hedstrom, Austin Nelson, Ryan Wendt, Tristan Johnson) 3:22.21...100 backstroke: 1. C. Johnson 1:11.22; 2. Colby 1:19.42; 6. Valdez 1:35.58...100 breaststroke: 2. Melgaard 1:17.77; 4. Eilertson 1:23.60; 7. M. Okeson 1:30.98...400 freestyle relay: 1. DL A (C. Okeson, B. Olson, King, Oak) 3:40.61; 3. DL B (J. Olson, Krengel, Otto, C. Johnson) 4:08.39.

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