Mounds View High School

Boys’ Swim & Dive

 

Press Release

December 10, 2017

 

Mustangs Boys’ Swim & Dive 2017-2018 Season Preview

Mustangs Return Solid Core with High Expectations

 

The 2016-2017 Mustangs enjoyed an excellent season and finished with a dual meet record of 6-2 and a third place finish in the Suburban East Conference (SEC).  They finished second at True Team Sections and went on to finish second at MSHSL Sections and qualify one individual and a relay team for the MSHSL State Championship meet.  This season, the Mustangs return 19 lettermen and seven All-Conference performers, but will need to work hard in order to continue to move up in the SEC standings and improve on last year’s post-season performance.  The Mustangs graduated only four seniors from last year’s team and several solid performers return with another year of experience to build upon. The expectations are high and there will undoubtedly be a lot of healthy competition for varsity roles.

 

The 2017-2018 Mustangs will be led by their three senior co-captains, Quinn Doan, Jason Lou, and Kyle Peterson.  Doan is a four-year letter winner and two-time an All-Conference performer.  He is the top returnee in the 100 Fly and ranks ninth on the Mustangs All-Time Top 10 Honor Roll in that event. He is also an excellent breaststroker.  Lou is a three-year letter winner and is expected to primarily swim the 200-yard individual medley (200 IM) and the 500 Free. Peterson is a three-year letter winner and All-Conference Honorable Mention performer who competes primarily in sprint freestyle events, the 50 & 100 Free.  Other senior letter-winners returning are Derek Chen (butterfly & breaststroke), Eric Pham (butterfly & sprint freestyle), David Severson (mid & distance freestyle), Thomas Wilkowske (backstroke & sprint freestyle), and Atakan Yurttas (butterfly & sprint freestyle).  This is the largest and most experienced Mustangs senior class in four years and this senior leadership will be one of the keys to the team’s success this season.

 

The juniors also return eight athletes in 2017-2018.  Ian Boyles is a two-year letter winner, All-Conference performer, and one of the top returnees in the sprint freestyle events. Jared Martini is another two-year letter winner, All-Conference performer, and is a top returnee in the 100 Back.  He is very versatile and also expected to see action in the 200 IM and freestyle events.  Will Goldman is a two-time letter winner and All-Conference Honorable Mention performer who is expected to swim the 100 Breast, as well as sprint freestyle events. Other junior letter winners returning include Jaymes Andrews (sprint freestyle), Josh Bowman (diving), Max Jytyla (butterfly & breaststroke), Coby Lessard (freestyle & backstroke), and Tad Tomczyk (diving).  Clark Kadwell is a newcomer to the junior class who has previous swimming experience.

 

The sophomores will be led by a pair of All-Conference performers in Isaac Pan and Will Quackenbush.  Pan is a three-time letter winner and is the top returnee in the both the 200 IM and 100 Breast. He ranks sixth on the All-Time Top 10 Honor Roll in the 200 IM and tenth in the 100 Breast.  Quackenbush is also a three-time letter winner and was the only individual to qualify for the State meet in 2016-2017.  He is the top returnee in the 100, 200, & 500 Free. He is ranked fifth in the 500 Free and eighth in the 200 Free on the Mustangs’ All-Time Top 10 list. Other returning sophomores are Ben Goldman (butterfly & breaststroke), Adam Higley (freestyle & breaststroke) and Ryan Lawrence (butterfly and freestyle).  Higley was selected as the team’s Most Improved swimmer in 2016-2017.  Newcomer Jack Valentine rounds out the sophomore class.

 

Sam Magnuson is the lone returning letter winner in the freshman class and is expected to primarily swim the 100 Back and 200 IM.  Other returnees are Leo Cui (freestyle & breaststroke) and James Freimuth (freestyle). The class includes seven newcomers: Andrew Boeser, Eric Feng, Isaac Landin, Daniel Rauenhorst, Justin Rauenhorst, Daniel Shang, and Alexander Wilson.  Several of these newcomers have club swimming experience and it will be interesting to see what they can contribute.  Landin appears to be the strongest of this rookie class.

 

Returning eighth graders are Andrew Apel (freestyle), Mathew Shen (freestyle) and Micah Vranyes (breaststroke & freestyle). Shen was the team’s Rookie-of-the-Year in 2016-2017.  Newcomers include eighth graders Owen Arndt, Will Kostolnik, and Thomas Thaden.  Also new to the team is seventh grader Michael Heller.

 

The Mustangs’ depth and experience will give head coach Stephen Brauer the flexibility to modify his line-up to match the competition this season. This will be especially true in the all-important relay events where the Mustangs should be strong. Brauer enters his thirteenth season as the Mustangs’ head mentor and has established himself as one of the top coaches in Minnesota. During his twelve-year tenure, his teams have compiled an impressive 67-29 (.70 winning percentage) dual meet record and have cracked the State’s “top ten” six times.  He has coached seven state champions and ten All-American swimmers. Once again, he will be assisted by Chris Yauch, who also begins his thirteenth season on deck. 

 

Following last Thursday’s SEC Relay meet that kicked-off the season, Brauer commented, “We should have another strong team this year. Some of the boys worked hard during the off-season and we had some nice swims at Conference Relays. We should finish in the top half of the conference. Stillwater will be the heavy favorite again, but we should be among several teams that will battle for second through fourth places.  But, because Stillwater is in our section, qualifying for the State meet is going to take some very good performances in both individual events and in relays.”     

 

The Mustangs open their dual meet season when they travel to Woodbury HS on Thursday, December 14, to take on a strong Royals team, beginning at 6:00 pm.  Two days later, the Mustangs will compete in the Blaine Bengal Invitational at the Northdale Middle School pool in Coon Rapids, a competition where they captured second place last season.  Diving begins at 9:00 am with swimming competition beginning at 1:00 pm. The home opener for the Mustangs will be on December 21 when they host rival Roseville at 6:00 pm.  Diving competition will take place at Spring Lake Park HS at 4:00 pm.     

                   

            2017-2018 Mustangs Swim & Dive Schedule

Date

Time

Opponent

Location

12/7/2017

5:30p

Conference Relays

Stillwater JHS

12/14/2017

6:00p

at Woodbury

Woodbury HS

12/162017

1:00p

Bengal Invitational ##

Northdale MS

12/21/2017

6:00p

Roseville*

Chippewa MS

1/4/2018

6:00p

White Bear Lake*

Chippewa MS

1/9/2018

6:00p

at Park

Cottage Grove MS

1/11/2018

6:00p

East Ridge*

Chippewa MS

1/18/2018

6:00p

at Stillwater

Stillwater JHS

1/20/2018

TBA

True Team Sections

Stillwater JHS

1/24/2018

6:00p

True Team State

U of M Aquatic Ctr

2/1/2018

6:00p

at Forest Lake

Southwest  JHS

2/8/2018

6:00p

at Cretin-Derham Hall

U of St. Catherine

2/17/2018

10:00a

JV Conference Meet

Stillwater JHS

2/22/2018

5:30p

Section Prelims (Swim)

Stillwater JHS

2/23/2018

6:10p

Section Prelims (Dive)

Stillwater JHS

2/24/2018

1:30p

Section Finals

Stillwater JHS

3/1/2018

TBA

State Prelims (Dive)

U of M Aquatic Ctr

3/2/2018

TBA

State Prelims (Swim)

U of M Aquatic Ctr

3/3/2018

TBA

State Finals

U of M Aquatic Ctr

## Diving competition at Northdale MS @ 9:00 am

*   Diving competition at Spring Lake Park HS @ 4:00 pm

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