Boys Swimming and Diving: Depth prevails as Irish win True Team section
Rosemount boys swimming and diving coach Jim Ertl recalls earlier this season when he thought this year's team would have good depth.
The way the season has progressed, Ertl might even be surprised at his team's depth.
After earning the No. 3 ranking in the state, the Irish won a True Team section title last week and will compete in the True Team state meet on Saturday.
"It's unique to have this kind of team," Ertl said. "At the beginning of the season I talked about how we have 15 freshman. A lot of guys have really stepped up and helped, and guys that were on JV last year. Our 'C' and 'D' relays were very good.
"This is the best True Team team I've ever had, really quality depth. We've had good top-end before, state meet guys. But depth-wise, we have never had this much quality depth."
That was never more evident than in last week's True Team section meet. Rosemount took first place easily with 1,321 points, besting second-place Eastview's 1,203.
In the True Team scoring format -- where each member of the team scores points -- the relay teams were the best example of the Irish dominance.
Rosemount won the opening 200-yard medley relay with Devon Meeks, David Stern, Tony Spiel, and Adam Cody winning by over two seconds.
The Irish's four relays all finished in the top 12 in the eight-team meet.
Tristan Boyd, Dane Peloquin, David Officer, and John Hannasch combined to place 10th.
David Baker, Nikita Klochan, Chandler Dye and Alex Roberts finished 11th.
Braden McCormack, Jacob Stern, Michael Young and Conor Manning placed 12th.
The Irish had four of the top 13 teams in the 200 freestyle relay, led by the second-place showing of David Stern, Jake Lehmann, Cody and Max Hubbard.
Rosemount's had its four relays in the top 14 of the 400 freestyle relay. Hubbard, Lehmann, Boyd and Meeks finished third.
"That's what won the meet for us right there," Ertl said of his relays .
But that wasn't the only thing.
David Stern won the 50 freestyle in 22.14 seconds. He added a second in the 100 breaststroke.
John Tubbs was fifth in the diving competition, with Anthony Tooley adding a seventh-place finish.
Devon Meeks won the 100 freestyle, followed by Hubbard in fourth. Meeks was also second in the 100 backstroke, setting a school record by touching the wall in 52.73 seconds.
The Irish then earned an easier-than-expected 109-61 win against Eastview on Tuesday in a Lake Conference dual.