Well, this is not something you see everyday.
The Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley boys swimming meet had all the ingredients of a classic dual meet and it did come down to the final event. But when the smoke cleared, neither team could claim victory.
The Bulldogs won nine of the 11 events but the host Spartans had multiple 2-3 finishes in other races to make up the difference. When it was over, the meet ended in an 85-85 tie.
Pleasant Valley led 79-77 going into the final event, the 400-meter relay. Bettendorf claimed the eight points for first place behind the effort from Zach and Charlie Bunn, Andrew Ottavianelli and Ryan Schade.
But the Spartans took second and third place in the event to gain the six total points needed to make things even. It was a theme all night as long-time Bulldogs coach Mike Ahrens said the result was a rarity in dual meets.
"I think we tied Muscatine one year," Ahrens said, trying to remember any similar results. "You always want to win but for us to be ranked eighth (in the state) and to tie the No. 2 team is certainly a compliment."
Ahrens said when he scored the meet beforehand to get an idea, his team came up about 12 points short. The difference came in the relays where the Bulldogs were able to make up the points by sweeping all three events.
In addition to the 400 relay win, Bettendorf won the medley relay with Caleb Aman, Ben Luppen, Sam Mitvalsky and Schade and took first in the 200 relay behind efforts from Zach and Charlie Bunn, Aman and Mitvalsky.
Ahrens said this was the first time all season that he was able to put together a strong lineup in all three relays and the results showed.
"I am really proud of the boys and everyone's effort," Ahrens said. "The 200 free relay was big because we went 1-3 (first and third) to get the 10-4 split (on points)."
The Bulldogs got a third-place finish in the 200 free relay from Luppen, Ottavianelli, Ben Ketelaar and Luke Nickles.
But perhaps the most impressive feat of the race was accomplished by Zach Bunn. The Bulldogs senior swam anchor on the event and had to make up a full length deficit on his leg to win the race by .41 seconds.
This came after Bunn had won the 500 freestyle just minutes earlier without much recovery time. Bunn said he's done the quick turnaround a lot so it was not a huge deal.
"That's always fun but I've done that all four years of my high school career," Bunn said. "But the 200 relay is always a fun race and it's fun to try and catch someone when you are behind. It's a mentality thing, you have to believe you are going to win."
In addition to his relays and 500 win, Bunn also won the 50 freestyle, edging past PV's Nathan McKay for the victory. Other individual wins for Bettendorf included Aman (200 freestyle and 100 backstroke) and Schade (100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley).
McKay and Kevin Burke had individual victories for the host Spartans. McKay claimed the 100 freestyle and Burke won the 100 butterfly.
But some of the other big swims came in second-and-third place finishes for the home team.
The relay team of Sam Lundry, Dylan Hartford, Austin Collins and McKay grabbed second in the crucial 400 and the efforts of Nate Martell, Alex Wong, William Nash and Jacob McCredie placed third to help deny the Bulldogs a win.
In other relay efforts, Vincent Gnad and Kyle Stoddard were big for PV to help snag crucial points.
"We knew it was going to close but our guys swam really well but so did Mike's guys," Spartans coach Stacey Zapolski said. "We told the kids before the meet this was going to be a meet of the underdogs and it was.
"We were kind of hoping to rely on our depth and those kids, who were not the top dog on our team, but the second, third or fourth fastest in that event were big."