Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bulldogs Get Break Coming off the Break Tough Meet Canceled, Easier Foe Swamped

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bulldogs Get Break Coming off the Break Tough Meet Canceled, Easier Foe Swamped

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Fort Zumwalt South swimming coach Mike O'Brien wasn't upset when last week's dual meet with Parkway Central was snowed out. "Parkway Central's awfully good this year and, coming off the holiday break, I'm not sure that would've done us much good," the coach said. "Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll be able to reschedule, either, because we can't find a date that'll work for both teams. We talked a little about rescheduling after our conference meet, but that doesn't make much sense because it'd be after the deadline for state-qualifying times."

As it was, the Bulldogs came off the holiday break to roll by Westminster Christian 148-31 Friday in a game at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

"Westminster's not real strong," O'Brien said. "We tried to mix up the lineup a little to give some of the younger guys a chance to compete."

South dominated, winning every event in the dual meet. The Bulldogs finished 1-2-3 in both freestyle relays - Billy Palmer, Nick Mantia, Ed Schlueter and Steve Mansker won the 200-yard freestyle relay, while Palmer, Jay Menzie, Josh Rains and Charles Bowers teamed up to win the 400-yard freestyle relay.

South also won the 200-yard medley relay, with Mansker, Mantia, Menzie and Palmer teaming up.

Other 1-2-3 performances by South were recorded in the 200-yard individual medley (Menzie, Casey Gertken, Dale Hicks), 50 freestyle (Mantia, Steve Davis, Tim Graves), the 100 freestyle (Mansker, Graves, Brent Pitzer), the 100 backstroke (Gertken, Hicks, Geoff Newcomb) and diving (James Melton, Glen Martin, Nick Howlett).

"Our top two divers had two of the better diving scores our team has ever posted," O'Brien noted.

Other South winners were Mansker in the 200-yard freestyle, Steve Davis in the breaststroke, and Andrew Wagner in the 500-yard freestyle.

"We had the best holiday workouts we've ever had, and I think that showed against Westminster," O'Brien said. "Our numbers at the holiday practices were up, our yardage was up, and we accomplished a great deal."

Monday against Eureka, the Bulldogs improved to 8-0 on the season, rolling by Eureka 114-70 in a meet at the Rec-Plex. …

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