Boys swimming and diving: Irish send eight to state
Rosemount's streak of five straight section championships came to an end Friday at Hidden Oaks Middle School.
The Irish qualified six athletes for state in eight events, but came up 14 points short of Lakeville South's 364 1/2 points. They easily outdistanced Lakeville North 350 1/2-312 1/2 in the battle for second place.
The Cougars clinched the title by edging Rosemount by less than a second in a fast 400 freestyle relay where the top six teams all achieved state-qualifying times.
"It came down to the last relay and Lakeville was just faster than us," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said. "Lakeville South had a great meet. Our guys did a great job -- a lot of them reached their goals."
Seniors Sheldon Hatlen and Andrew Urness will return to the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center this weekend after both qualifying in four events. Hatlen finished second in both the 50 and 100 freestyle finals and anchored the Irish to first place in the 200 freestyle relay and second in the 400 freestyle relay. The 200 free relay, which also featured Kyle Bodine, Sam Kendall and Urness, set new pool and section records with a time of 1 minute, 26.84 seconds.
The same foursome teamed up to earn runner-up honors in the 400 free relay.
Urness added state-qualifying times while placing third in the 200 freestyle and sixth against a competitive field in the 100 butterfly.
The Irish's lone section individual title came in the 1-meter dive where Daniel Monaghan won with a score of 416.1 points. Teammate Gareth Estabrook finished seventh.
Freshman Noah Peterson rounded out the team's state berths with a fifth-place time of 4:52.50 in the 500 freestyle. He was one of several Irish swimmers who lowered their times at the section meet.
"Andrew (Urness) did a great job dropping additional time at finals to place higher and get state qualifying time," Carlson said. "Sheldon (Hatlen) had great swims and with a little more taper should even go faster at state. Noah had a great swim in the 500, dropping eight seconds from his season best. Trevor Gunderson did a great job in the 100 breaststroke on finals with a significant drop in time to help us get more points."
The Irish swam well enough to make the finals in several other events. They got seventh-place finishes from Sam Stern in the 100 breaststroke and by the 200 medley relay foursome of Stern, John Drew, Frank Haney and Ben Peterson.
Reaching the finals and finishing eighth were Matt Weber in the 100 breaststroke, Peterson in the 200 freestyle, Cody Sedbrook in the 500 freestyle, Kendall in the 100 freestyle and Haney in the 100 backstroke.
The Class 2A state 1-meter dive prelims get under way tonight at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis. The pool prelims are tomorrow at 6 p.m.