The effects of a rigorous workload are apparent, but that didn't stop the Bobcats from enjoying an early reward as they build toward February.
Competing in its fifth meet in the last 10 days, the Marshalltown boys' swim team won 10 of 11 events to cruise past Grinnell 97-65 at home Monday.
"They're tired. The last third of the meet it showed," said Marshalltown coach Mike Loupee, whose squad also completed its first morning practice before taking on the Tigers that evening.
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Marshalltown’s Paul Landherr keeps pace in the 500-yard freestyle against Grinnell at home Monday. Landherr finished in third place in 6 minutes, 32.95 seconds, as the Bobcats completed their fifth meet in the last 10 days.
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Marshalltown freshman Cole Podhajsky races to a second place finish in the 100 butterfly against Grinnell at home Monday. Podhajsky came through in 1:08.14 as the Bobcats defeated the Tigers 97-65.
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"We're kind of piling some things on. We knew Grinnell was not real deep and that we had an opportunity to win the meet, without letting up and getting some valuable training hours in."
Despite the aggressive schedule, the Bobcats still turned in 21 lifetime-best performances and 25 season-best swims.
Well aware of the fatigue factor both mentally and physically, Loupee altered the lineup a bit, giving his swimmers an opportunity to try some different races.
Marshalltown 97, Grinnell 65
200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. MHS (Mahlstede, Dulaney, Van Staalduine, Landherr) 1:49.55.
200 FREESTYLE - 1. Mahlstede, MHS, 2:02.64; 3. Landherr, MHS, 2:13.85; 4. Van Staalduine, MHS, 2:16.67
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Dulaney, MHS, 2:19.60; 4. Beurskens, MHS, 2:35.60; 5. Heinrichs, MHS, 2:41.52
50 FREESTYLE - 1. Carter, MHS, 24.05; 2. Cope, MHS, 25.12
100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Smith, GRIN, 1:04.94; 2. Podhajsky, MHS, 1:08.14; 4. Barnard, MHS, 1:08.93;
100 FREESTYLE - 1. Carter, MHS, 52.49; 3. Cope, MHS, 55.91; 4. Carlon, MHS, 1:02.52
500 FREESTYLE - 1. Podhajsky, MHS, 5:58.38; 2. Van Staalduine, MHS, 6:14.34; 3. Landherr, MHS, 6:32.95
200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. MHS (Barnard, Cope, Dulaney, Carter) 1:39.25
100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Mahlstede, MHS, 1:01.33; 3. Beurskens, MHS, 1:12.04
100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Dulaney, MHS, 1:07.25; 4. Kacmarynski, MHS, 1:21.42; 5. Heinrichs, MHS, 1:22.85
400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. MHS (Van Staalduine, Landherr, Mahlstede, Carter) 3:40.27; 3. MHS (Barnard, Carlon, Beurskens, Podhajsky) 4:05.04
"Some of that was kind of in fun," said Loupee, whose squad continues its busy slate against Newton on the road Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
"It's nice to have (the variety) especially with the stretch we've had."
Not worse for the wear, John Mahlstede, Raymond Dulaney and Sam Carter each contributed to four victories to lead Marshalltown. Mahlstede claimed the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 2.64 seconds, while also taking the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.33).
Mahlstede and Dulaney joined Blair Van Staalduine and Paul Landherr on the victorious 200 medley relay (1:49.55), before Van Staalduine, Landherr and Mahlstede teamed with Carter for gold in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:40.27).
Dulaney was first in the 200 individual medley (2:19.60) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.25) and joined forces with Hunter Barnard, Connor Cope and Carter on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:39.25).
"We're getting better but we don't have a lot of depth in a lot of the events, especially the strokes," Loupee said. "So the guys who are swimming the strokes and specific events, we've had to use every time in those events.
"It's nice to give some guys a rest and let them swim something a little bit different every now and then."
Carter swept the 50 (24.05) and 100-yard freestyle (52.49), while freshman Cole Podhajsky earned his first varsity victory turning in an impressive sub-six minute 500-yard freestyle (5:58.38) to win by nearly 14 seconds.
"That's a nice milestone for a freshman," said Loupee, who also was pleased with the performances of his second- and third-place finishers who made their debut in the race.
Van Staalduine (6:14.34) and Landherr (6:32.95) each competed in their first 500 and outperformed Loupee's expectations while also learning a valuable lesson along the way.
"That was a great experience for them about how important conditioning is not only in a race, but also through the course of a meet because they were both pretty tired by their last relay," said Loupee.
Troy Smith gave Grinnell its lone victory in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.94.
The Bobcats will need to be in top form against the Cardinals, who are one of several high-quality opponents in the CIML Conference.
"We're going to need our strongest lineup to compete with Newton," said Loupee.
Starting morning practices earlier than they ever have, the Bobcats will continue to keep the intensity high before taking three days off around Christmas. Marshalltown will be back in the water twice a day through all of Christmas break as it makes its hay for February.
"That's where we get a lion's share of our real intense training and high yardage," said Loupee.
And just like their training, the Bobcats' competitive schedule should only benefit their long-term aspirations.
"We swim in the toughest conference in the state by far," said Loupee.
"It's a brutal conference and it's a tough schedule, but that's what makes us a better team at the end of the season."