Mounds View High School
Boys Swim & Dive
February 28, 2016
Mustangs Swim and Dive to Second Place at Sections
Two Relay Teams Qualify for State Meet
The Mounds View Mustangs swam and dived to a second place finish at the Section 4AA championship meet finals on Saturday, February 27 at Stillwater Junior High. The Mustangs scored 368 points to claim the runner-up trophy after battling North St. Paul for the second spot all afternoon.† The Polars finished with 314 points. Stillwater easily won the championship with a score of 533 points.† The Mustangs were led by their 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay teams who both finished second to earn a trip to the State meet at the University of Minnesotaís Jean Freeman Aquatic Center on March 2-4.† Several Mustangs posted seasonís best times in their respective events over the course of the three-day meet to cap off their season.
The Mustangs had a sixth place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with the quartet of freshman Jared Martini, eighth grader Isaac Pan, sophomore Quinn Doan and freshman Ian Boyles touching the wall in 1:45.33.† In the 200-yard freestyle, senior Leo Rossi swam to a fifth place finish in 1:51.73, just off his seasonís best time of 1:51.38 recorded in preliminaries two days earlier. Junior co-captain Albert Pan was seventh in 1:52.89.† Sophomores Kyle Peterson and Atakan Yurttas finished thirteenth and fourteenth in 2:02.67 and 2:04.18, respectively.† Isaac Pan claimed seventh place in the 200-yard individual medley with a swim of 2:08.37.† Sophomore Jason Lou was tenth in a seasonís best 2:12.44, junior Noah Vranyes finished thirteenth in 2:15.02, and Martini was fourteenth in 2:18.14.† In the 50-yard freestyle, the Mustangs put three athletes on the medal stand with a 5-6-7 finish. Senior co-captain Josh Peterson finished fifth in 22.73, just of his seasonís best time of 22.65 in preliminaries. Eighth grader Will Quackenbush was sixth in a seasonís best 23.07, while Boyles was seventh in 23.37, just off his seasonís best swim of 23.35 in preliminaries. Freshman Will Goldmanís 24.47 earned him a twelfth place finish.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Doan swam to a 55.06 to finish fifth, after posting a 54.82 in preliminaries two evenings earlier.†† Yurttas was fourteenth in 1:01.56, just off his seasonís best preliminary time of 1:01.29.†† Quackenbush had a seasonís best time of 50.48 to claim seventh in the 100-yard freestyle, with Josh Peterson finishing eighth in 50.60.† Boyles was eleventh in 52.79 after a posting a 52.55 two days earlier. At this point in the meet, the Polars led the Mustangs be a score of 215-208.† But, the Mustangs surged ahead of the Polars for good in the 500-yard freestyle.† Rossi finished fifth in a seasonís best time of 5:13.47, while Isaac Pan claimed seventh in 5:19.45 after a seasonís best time of 5:16.45 in preliminaries. Lou had a seasonís best time of 5:24.26 to finish tenth, while sophomore David Seversonís 5:40.93 was good enough for twelfth after clocking a seasonís 5:36.04 two days earlier.† At this point the Mustangs led the Polars by a score of 246-226 and would only increase the lead as the afternoon progressed.
The Mustangs were seeded fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, but pulled off an upset by passing both Stillwater and White Bear Lake to claim second place behind the Polars with a seasonís best time of 1:32.03.† The quartet earning a trip to the state meet was comprised of Josh Peterson, Doan, Quackenbush and Boyles. In the 100-yard backstroke, Albert Panís seasonís best time of 59.17 earned him a seventh place finish.† Martini won the consolation heat with a seasonís best 1:01.04.† Vranyes was right behind in tenth place with a seasonís best 1:02.86, with freshman Coby Lessard claiming fourteenth in 1:04.77.†
Doan swam to a seasonís best 1:04.17 to finish sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke.† Goldman was tenth in 1:09.14 after posting a seasonís best 1:08.51 in preliminaries.† Freshman Max Jytyla and sophomore Alex Li were fifteenth and sixteenth in 1:14.09 and 1:15.35, respectively.† Both had posted a seasonís best time of 1:13.35 and 1:13.09, respectively in preliminaries.† In the final event of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the fourth seeded Mustangs pulled of another upset to finish second behind Stillwater and earn a trip to the state meet.† This time, the unit consisted of Josh Peterson, Quackenbush, Albert Pan, and Rossi who posted a seasonís best time of 3:22.30.
In the diving completion held on Friday, February 26, four Mustangs competed in an 11-dive program on the one-meter board.† Freshman Josh Bowman finished sixth with 258.50 points. Eighth grader Jedi Pratt was ninth with 235.65 points, freshman Tad Tomczyk was right behind in tenth with 232.25 points, and eighth grader Alex Bonsanger was twelfth with 216.95 points.† This was a nice performance for a team that had no divers a year ago.
Other Mustangs competing in swimming preliminaries on Thursday, February 25, but not advancing to Saturday finals were:
100 Fly†††††††††††† Max Jytyla††††††††††††††††††† 17th†††††† 1:03.44
††††††††††††††††††††††† Eric Pham††††††††††††††††††† 19th†††††† 1:07.10
100 Free†††††††††† Kyle Peterson†††††††††††††† 17th†††††† †† 56.42
State meet swimming preliminaries will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday March 3 at the Freeman Aquatic Center and both swimming and diving finals will take place the next evening.
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