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High School Swimming and Diving: Saying so-long to its seniors

Willmar honors Zammert, Schueler, Seelhammer and McGillivray on Senior Night

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Willmar senior Riley Zammert leaps into the pool with his father as part of the Cardinals' Senior Night festivities during Tuesday's meet against Montevideo from Willmar High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — The Willmar boys swimming and diving team was guided by its four seniors during Senior Night against Montevideo.

Riley Zammert, Ayden Schueler, Ben Seelhammer and Logan McGillivray were each a part of victories during the Cardinals’ 107-74 non-conference win from Willmar High School.

Willmar won 11 of the evening’s 12 events.

Midway through the meet, the seniors were recognized and joined by the parents and family for dips into the pool.

“It's tough to quantify how much they've meant to the program,” Cardinals head coach Carl Shuldes said. “I think it says all you need to know about the character of these guys that the boys swim team has won the CLC sportsmanship award four years running.

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“They have been solid character-builders for the younger swimmers, leading by words, and more importantly, actions.”

The foursome teamed up in the meet’s first event, taking the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 47.44 seconds.

Schueler added two individual triumphs (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke) before joining the junior trio of Colin O’Farrell, Ethan Hurley and Luke Lammers to a win in the 400 freestyle relay.

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Willmar senior Ben Seelhammer gets off the starting block for 100-yard freestyle during Tuesday's meet against Montevideo from Willmar High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Seelhammer also earned a pair of individual wins (100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke). He grouped with McGillivray, Zammert and eighth-grader David Lammers to capture the 200 freestyle relay.

One event prior, McGillivray earned a close victory over Montevideo ninth-grader Austin Dunn in the 500 freestyle. McGillivray completed the race in 5:26.49. Dunn’s time was 5:29.01.

The Thunder Hawks’ lone win came in the 100 butterfly. Sophomore Evan Smith finished first and clocked in at 59:26, more than three seconds ahead of David Lammers.

In their final regular-season meet, Willmar is host to Alexandria at 6 p.m. Thursday. Montevideo is host to Waconia at 6 p.m. Friday.

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Willmar 107,
Montevideo 74

200 MEDLEY RELAY – (1) Willmar (Riley Zammert, Ayden Schueler, Ben Seelhammer, Logan McGillivray), 1:47.44 (2) Montevideo (Austin Dunn, Callim Schmitz, Evan Smith, Ashton Christopher), 1:49.50
200 FREESTYLE – (1) David Lammers, W, 2:03.74 (2) Parker Thissen, M, 2:10.70
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – (1) Jacob Loerzel, W, 2:21.08 (2) Colin O’Farrell, W, 2:31.34
50 FREESTYLE – (1) Schueler, W, 23.74 (2) Aidan O’Meara, W, 24.75
DIVING – (1) Kale Bockelman, W, 204.20 (2) Gavin Arends, M, 131.90
100 BUTTERFLY – (1) Evan Smith, M, 59.75 (2) D. Lammers, W, 1:02.90
100 FREESTYLE – (1) Seelhammer, W, 51.55 (2) Luke Lammers, W, 55.51
500 FREESTYLE – (1) McGillivray, W, 5:26.49 (2) Austin Dunn, M, 5:29.01
200 FREESTYLE RELAY – (1) Willmar (Seelhammer, McGillivray, Riley Zammert, D. Lammers), 1:38.91 (2) Willmar (L. Lammers, O’Meara, Max Gatewood, O’Farrell), 1:41.92
100 BACKSTROKE – (1) Schueler, W, 1:01.33 (2) Dunn, M, 1:02.12
100 BREASTSTROKE – (1) Seelhammer, W, 1:10.20 (2) Schmitz, M, 1:12.42
400 FREESTYLE RELAY – (1) Willmar (Schueler, O’Farrell, Hurley, L. Lammers), 3:37.90 (2) Willmar (D. Lammers, Zammert, Loerzel, Kadin Brabender), 3:51.34

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