Mounds View High School
Boys Swim & Dive
December 20, 2015
Mustangs Down White Bear Lake in Pool Opener
Several Impressive Opening Night Performances
The Mounds View Mustangs opened the 2015-16 swim & dive season with a convincing 97-84 victory over rival White Bear Lake at the Chippewa Middle School pool on Thursday, December 17. The young Mustangs were pumped up for this meet after being narrowly defeated by the Bears to close out last season. The Mustangs won 7 of 12 events on the program and were led by junior co-captain Albert Pan and eighth grader Isaac Pan, who each won two events. Sophomore Quinn Doan also won an event and 2 of the 3 Mustangs relay teams also recorded wins.
The Bears won the opening 200-yard medley relay by half a second over the Mustang quartet consisting of the Pan brothers, Doan, and freshman Jared Martini, who touched the wall in 1:48.75. The second unit of junior Noah Vranyes, sophomores Atakan Yurttas and Eric Pham, and freshman Will Goldman was third in 1:57.37 to make the score 8-6 in favor of the Bears. But, it didn’t take long for the tide to turn. The Mustangs swept the top three spots the 200-yard freestyle. Albert Pan won the first of his two races with a 2:01.49 clocking. Senior Leo Rossi was second in 2:07.26 and sophomore David Severson was third in 2:19.21. This made the score 19-11 in favor of the Mustangs they would only continue to build on that lead as the evening progressed.
Isaac Pan won the 200-yard individual medley with a nice swim of 2:10.45. Vranyes was third in 2:16.72 and sophomore Jason Lou finished third in 2:17.79 The Bears won the 50-yard freestyle, but the next three spots went to the Mustangs. Martini was second in 24.91, freshman Ian Boyles was third in 24.93, and Doan was fourth in 24.98. At the diving break, the Mustangs led 38-24.
The Mustangs have gone from zero to four divers in the space of less than a year, and two of them scored on the evening. Freshman Tad Tomczyk took third on the one-meter board with a 6-dive score of 118.15, while classmate Josh Bowman claimed third with 110.90 points. Doan posted his first win of the season in the 100-yard butterfly with a nice swim of 57.53. Yurttas was third in 1:04.08 and freshman Max Jytyla was fourth in 1:07.76. The Bears won 100-yard freestyle with Martini taking second in 53.88. Boyles was fourth in 56.71, with Goldman right behind in fifth in 56.97.
The Mustangs swept the top three spots in the 500-yard freestyle with Isaac Pan easily winning in a nice early season time of 5:17.43. Lou was second in 5:39.11 and Rossi claimed third in 6:02.07. At this point in the meet, the score was 74-52 in favor of the Mustangs. The locals proceeded to clinch the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The winning quartet was Boyles, Goldman, Yurttas and Lou, who swam to a 1:40.98 finish. The second unit consisted of senior co-captain Marshall Mastenbrook, junior Alan Wang, Pham and Rossi, who touched the wall in 1:46.24.
Albert Pan won his second event with a 1:01.49 clocking in the 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Coby Lessard was third in 1:05.21 and Vranyes was fourth in 1:06.72. At this point, the Mustangs lead was 97- 59 and the locals swam the last two events as exhibition, meaning any points earned are not counted in the final score. In the 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Alex Li was second in 1:15.60. Jytyla was fourth in 1:17.13, while Goldman was right behind in fifth in 1:17.97. In the final event of the evening, the Mustangs finished 1-3 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Martini, Albert Pan, Isaac Pan and Doan had the fastest time in 3:37.57. The second unit of Boyles, Yurttas, Lou and Vranyes swam to a 3:44.36 to claim third place.
In junior varsity competition, Mustangs defeated the Bears, 78-42. Individual Mustang winners were Lessard (50 Free) sophomore Jedi Pratt (diving), Pham (100 Fly), sophomore Thomas Wilkowske (100 Free & 100 Back) and Wang (100 Breast).
After the meet, coach Stephen Brauer commented, “I liked our competitiveness tonight. The boys swam hard and we had some nice early season times. Several of our first year boys had a very good meet.”
The Mustangs are now 1-0 in the Suburban East Conference (SEC) dual meet season. Their next opponent will be the Park (Cottage Grove) Wolfpack who will visit Chippewa on Tuesday, December 22. The meet begins at 6:00 with diving completion slated for 4:00 at Spring Lake Park HS.
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