CLINTON — The Clinton River Kings and Dubuque Hempstead tend to have this back-and-forth pattern going. The pattern goes that Clinton wins a meet, a tie takes place, or as what happened Monday night, the Mustangs take the dual over the River Kings.
In the first of three varsity meets this week, the River Kings fell to Dubuque Hempstead 111-48.
Josh Hill was the lone Clinton swimmer who won an individual event, winning the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.86 seconds. The second-place finisher in that race was Carson Peck, coming in 8 1/2 seconds later.
The relays had success despite not finishing first in any of them, but to Clinton swimming coach Albert Hayton, the River Kings’ eyes are on winning the Holiday Relays this Saturday at the Clinton Aquatic Center.
“Our intention was to load up the relays to get faster times because we want to try to get our times down, and we wanted our fastest to go up against their fastest,” Hayton said. “Some of these guys are going to be swimming three times this week, so we let them focus on one individual event to concentrate on.”
Clinton will swim at home Thursday against Davenport West before the Holiday Relays, while the junior varsity squad will host its own meet tonight at 5.
“We won’t have much time to practice this week with the three meets, so we just wanted to make sure we got some good events, don’t get down on ourselves because although we’re not practicing, competition takes it out of you (and) just to stay healthy,” Hayton said. “Our main goal is to see how close we can come to wining the Holiday Relays on Saturday.”
The closest that Clinton got to knocking off the Mustangs in a relay was in the first event of the night where the 200-yard medley relay team of Trevor Kao, Nate Harden, Hill and Koner Frandsen swam a collaborative 1:51.54 just a second short of Hempstead’s 1:50.53.