I don't know why pre-drying with a squeegee is so popular.
Close quarters lead me to use a sponge. A sponge literally
draws water from a surface unto itself; no water running
here and there. Dryer prints to start.

Tight quarters or spacious I think the sponge must have
the squeegee beat. Has a careful comparison ever been
made? I've two sizes of photo grade sponges and now
tempted to buy a print squeegee. Tests of the two
twixt each other should be of interest. Are there
squeegees then there are squeegees?
Recommendations? Dan