Mounds View High School
Boys Swim & Dive
December 27, 2015
Mustangs Swim Past Park for Second Win
Young Swimmers and Divers Continue to Impress
The Mounds View Mustangs hosted the Park (Cottage Grove) Wolfpack at the Chippewa Middle School pool on Tuesday, December 22. What was billed to be a close meet turned out to be anything but, as the young Mustangs cruised to a 98-82 win. The locals won only 7 of 12 events on the evening program, but their depth was the big difference in the meet. The Mustangs were led by senior co-captain Josh Peterson who won two events. Junior co-captain Albert Pan, sophomore Quinn Doan and freshman Jared Martini also won individual events. The locals also recorded wins in 2 of the 3 relay events.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 10-4 lead with a 1-3 finish in the opening 200-yard medley relay. The winning unit was comprised of Martini, Doan, Peterson and eighth grader Isaac Pan, who touched the wall first in 1:48.81. The second unit was made up of junior Noah Vranyes, sophomore Atakan Yurttas, and freshmen Coby Lessard and Will Goldman who finished third in 1:56.01. Albert Pan won the 200-yard freestyle with a swim of 1:54.47. Senior Leo Rossi as third in 2:03.89, while sophomore Kyle Peterson was fourth in 2:04.50. This made the score 21-9 in favor of the Mustangs, and they would only continue to build on that lead as the evening progressed.
Isaac Pan claimed second in the 200-yard individual medley with a swim of 2:10.97. Vranyes was third in 2:19.02 and Goldman claimed fifth in 2:28.45. Josh Peterson picked up the first of his two wins with a 23.86 clocking in the 50-yard freestyle. Martini was third in 24.74 and freshman Ian Boyles was fourth in 25.11. At the diving break, the Mustangs led 40-22.
The Mustangs recorded a 3-4 finish on the one-meter diving board. Freshman Tad Tomczyk earned a 6-dive score of 110.90 to take third, while eighth grader Jedi Pratt tallied 79.70 points to claim fourth. At a key point in the meet, the Mustangs swept the top three spots in the 100-yard butterfly with Doan posting his second win of the season with a swim of 57.41. Yurttas was second in 1:04.22 and freshman Max Jytyla was third in 1:07.59. This made the score 58-35 in favor of the Mustangs and the eventual outcome was all but assured. Josh Peterson notched his second win of the evening with a 53.53 clocking in the 100-yard freestyle. Rossi was third in 55.22 and Boyles took fifth in 56.74.
In the 500-yard freestyle, Isaac Pan and Albert Pan claimed second and third place with swims of 5:21.28 and 5:24.76, respectively. Sophomore David Severson was fifth in 5:55.91. At this point in the meet, the score was 76-49 in favor of the Mustangs. The locals proceeded to clinch the meet with a 1-3 finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The winning quartet was Boyles, Rossi, Doan, and Albert Pan, who swam to a 1:39.70 finish. Goldman, Yurttas, Kyle Peterson and sophomore Eric Pham claimed third in 1:46.24.
Martini recorded his first varsity win in the 100-yard backstroke with a nice swim of 1:02.35. Vranyes claimed second with a 1:06.39 swim, while Lessard was fourth in 1:08.81. At this point, the Mustangs lead was 98- 57 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, Doan was second in 1:09.14. Sophomore Alex Li was third in 1:16.47 and Jytyla right behind in 1:16.99 to claim fourth. In the final event of the evening, the Mustangs finished 2-3 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Josh Peterson, Martini, and the Pan brothers claimed second with a swim of 3:35.47. The second unit of Boyles, Vranyes, Rossi and Goldman swam to a 3:47.87 to claim third place.
In junior varsity competition, Mustangs defeated the Wolfpack, 79-37. Individual Mustang winners were Severson (200 Free), Lessard (50 Free), Pham (100 Fly), Kyle Peterson (100 Free), seventh grader Sam Magnuson (500 Free), sophomore Thomas Wilkowske (100 Back), and freshman Nate Fatkhiyev (100 Breast).
After the meet, coach Stephen Brauer commented, “We had hard practices for the last several days, so it was nice to still see some nice time drops tonight. This is a pretty hungry team and they aren’t afraid of hard work, which is nice to work with.”
The Mustangs are now 2-0 in the Suburban East Conference (SEC) dual meet season. They will continue to train over the holiday break and travel to Stillwater on January 7 for their next meet with perennial league favorite Ponies, beginning at 6:00 pm.
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