Cougars 3-0 to start swim season

Lakeville South boys swimming went into the holiday break with three South Suburban victories and confidence building.

The Cougars are the only undefeated team in the conference with Rosemount, Eastview, Prior Lake and Eagan all netting one loss each. Prior Lake and Lakeville North’s losses were to Lakeville South.

Head coach Rick Ringeisen has been pleasantly surprised at his team’s depth and efforts.

“I knew we had the makings of a solid squad, and they’ve done nothing to prove me wrong so far,” Ringeisen said. “I think the proverbial ‘Cougar is out of the bag’ now and we’ll need to continue to really work hard in hopes of continuing our team success.”

The Cougars’ first meet of the year was against crosstown rivals Lakeville North when South’s depth proved to be too much and the Cougars notched a 98-82 victory.

The Cougars won six of eight individual events and all three relays in route to the win.

Leading the way individually for South were Mitch Herrera (200- and 500-yard freestyle), Adrian Sommers (50 and 100 freestyle), Travis Meyer (200 individual medley) and Luke Sabal (100 breaststroke). The diving trio of Lee Bares, Frank Schrock and Gavin Tennessei went unopposed and scored as well.

South’s second victory was a 98-79 dual win against Bloomington Jefferson on Dec. 13 winning seven of eight individual events and the three team relays.

Individual winners for the Cougars included Robert Trone (200 freestyle/500 freestyle), Herrera (100 butterfly/100 breaststroke), Meyer (50 freestyle and 100 backstroke) and Sabal (200 IM).

Against perennial power Prior Lake, the Cougars delivered a 99-83 victory at Prior Lake’s Hidden Oaks pool.

“Prior Lake is an extremely talented squad, and our boys did a really nice job with this win,” Ringeisen said.

South won six of eight individual events and all three relays.

Individual winners included Herrera (200 and 500 freestyle), Sommers (50 and 100 freestyle) and Sabal (100 butterfly/100 breaststroke). Bares notched his third-straight diving win for the Cougars.

Next up for the Cougars is a dual meet against Apple Valley on Friday and the boys travel to the University of Minnesota Maroon and Gold Meet on Saturday.