The early-season Badger North Conference Relays boys swimming meet generally gives a good preview of the postseason conference meet.
After a last-place finish at Tuesday's relay meet, the Baraboo High School team has some ground to make up prior over the next two months.
Baraboo scored 106 points on Tuesday to finish last out of five teams at Waunakee High School. The host Warriors won the event with 176 points, while Sauk Prairie/Lodi/Wisconsin Heights (166) took second, DeForest (164) took third and McFarland (138) finished fourth.
Baraboo had two first-place finishes on the night. The first came in the 100-yard freestyle relay. Nicholas Riesterer, Seth Hittman, Noah Tiber and Max Statz took first in 50.41 seconds, just edging out the Sauk Prairie co-op (:50.44).
Jacob Laux, Ethan Klingenmeyer and Aidan Lohr clocked a 3:21.23 to win the 300-yard breaststroke relay by more than 16 seconds over second place Sauk Prairie (3:37.77).
The Thunderbirds swam to a runner-up finish in the 300 backstroke relay. Tiber, Lohr and Jakob Lemke used a time of 3:18.22 to take second, trailing only Waunakee's Luke Kobza, Zach Vinson and Ben Madonia (3:01.22).
Lemke, Statz, Mitchell Hamm and Riesterer added a third-place finish in the freshman/sophomore 200 freestyle relay, while Lemke, Tiber, Ben Beal and Josh Hackbarth took third in the junior/senior 400 freestyle relay. Riesterer, Beal, Statz and Klingenmeyer took fourth in the 400 medley relay and Lemke, Hittman, Hamm and Hackbarth took fifth in the 800 freestyle relay.
Now that they've got a look at all their conference opponents, the T-Birds will look to bump up a few places when they host the Badger North Conference meet on Feb. 1 at Jack Young Middle School. Baraboo took third in the relay meet and the conference meet last season, finishing behind Sauk/Lodi/Heights and Waunakee in both events.
The T-Birds, who started the season by taking ninth at the Sun Prairie Invitational on Dec. 1, will compete in the 10-team Fort Atkinson Invitational on Saturday.