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Boys swimming and diving: A six pack of titles

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Four first-place finishes and 24 top-10 showings carried Rosemount to its sixth straight Section 3AA True Team championship Saturday at Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake.

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Rosemount scored 1,341 ½ points, over 150 more than runner-up Lakeville South's 1,188 ½. Teams from Prior Lake, Eagan, Lakeville North, Eastview, Apple Valley and Burnsville rounded out the eight-team field.

The Irish advance to Saturday's True Team State Meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center, where they have finished third three times in the last four years.

Senior standout Sheldon Hatlen tied a section record by being part of four first-place finishes and helping the team amass 192 points. He opened the meet by winning the 50 freestyle and came back three events later to claiming the 100 freestyle by over a second over the next closest finisher.

Hatlen then went to work in the relays. He teamed up with Kyle Bodine, Andrew Urness and Sam Kendall to win the 200 freestyle relay, and then closed out the meet by anchoring the 400 freestyle to victory. Bodine, Urness and Kendall also rounded out that foursome.

The Irish started the meet with a seventh-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Urness and Noah Peterson followed with a 3-10 finish in the 200 freestyle and Sam Kendall and Ian Gardiner went 3-5 in the 200 individual medley.

After Hatlen's first victory in the 50 freestyle, the team's depth began to show. Three Rosemount athletes finished in the top 10 in each of the next three events, starting with Daniel Monaghan (2nd), Gareth Estabrook (7th) and Dominic Smithson (8th) in the 1-meter dive. Urness, Gardiner and Ben Peterson followed with a 5-7-9 finish in the 100 butterfly and Hatlen (1st), Kendall (7th) and Kyle Bodine (9th) combined for 84 points in the 100 freestyle. Bodine was also seventh in the 50 freestyle.

The Irish extended their lead by placing 1-8-10 in the 200 freestyle relay. Top-10 individual performances were also turned in by Noah Peterson (5th) in the 500 freestyle, Frank Haney in the 100 backstroke (6th) and Sam Stern (10th) in the 100 breaststroke.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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