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Desmon Sachtjen

The Sauk Prairie co-op's Desmon Sachtjen stands atop the podium after winning the 200-yard individual medley on Dec. 30, 2017.

The Sauk Prairie co-op boys swim team made a statement over the holiday break.

The Eagles tallied a team score of 626 to dominate the sixth-annual Sauk Prairie Invitational. Monona Grove, the defending WIAA Division 2 state champions, finished second with 468 points, while Ashwaubenon (360) took third, Nennah (342) placed fourth and McFarland (309) finished fifth.

Sauk Prairie started the event with a bang, setting a meet record in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of Desmon Sachtjen, Allan Brickl, Ayden Frey and Ben Chao touched the wall in 1 minute, 37.58 seconds to beat out Monona Grove (1:39.32) and open the meet in winning fashion.

The Eagles went on to win six of the 12 events to claim their home invitational for the second straight year.

Sachtjen claimed a pair of individual events, including the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.85). The junior cruised to a first-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, touching the wall in 1:58.12 to finish more than 6 seconds ahead of the field, while Monona Grove's Josh Douberly (2:04.20) and Eric Storms (2:05.36) took second and third, respectively.

Sachtjen was also part of Sauk Prairie's eight-man team that won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:06.12, teaming up with Frey, Chao, Brickl, Payton Fandrich, Reese Drager, Adam Stecker and Jake Guentherman to easily beat out Monona Grove (3:17.12).

Drager was the lone swimmer to go under a minute in the 100 individual medley, using a time of 57.32 seconds to place first. Brickl (1:02.28) added a third-place finish in the event. Drager also took third in the 100 freestyle (:50.15).

Frey won the 100 butterfly in 52.93 seconds, while taking second in the 100 backstroke (:54.69).

Guentherman placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:52.95) and finished third in the 500 freestyle (5:21.37).

Sauk Prairie's 100 freestyle relay quartet of Drager, Stecker, Guentherman and Fandrich placed third in 44.85 seconds, while Monona Grove set a new meet record with a time of 41.96 seconds.

Sauk Prairie visited Baraboo on Tuesday night for a Badger North Conference dual meet. The Eagles will be among more than 30 teams competing in an invitational at Schroeder YMCA Aquatic Center in Brown Deer on Saturday.

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