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Boys Swimming & Diving: Another conference test, another easy victory

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With the overall depth that the Rosemount boys swimming and diving team enjoys, the Irish know going into most Lake Conference meets there won't be much of a challenge.

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It's one of the advantages that allows Rosemount to shuffle its lineup regularly. In swimming, there aren't typically many surprises when it pertains to one team being exponentially better than its opponent.

Irish coach Jim Ertl will often talk about small challenges throughout a matchup, but when it comes to team scores, there just aren't many matchups for the third-ranked Irish.

Because of that, Rosemount gets to try experiment with different lineups, just as it did last week against Bloomington Kennedy.

With an almost flip-flopped lineup, the Irish won the varsity competition 108-78. Meanwhile, with some of the varsity swimmers in JV heats, the Rosemount JV posted an almost perfect score, winning 118-26.

It might look lopsided, but that was likely the outcome regardless. Meanwhile, the Irish got some younger swimmers varsity action.

"We had 40 kids swim and only four of them didn't score varsity points," Ertl said. "We flip-flopped a lot of kids around, had some kids without much experience swim varsity. It was a lot of fun."

Rosemount started with a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200-yard medley relay.

Devon Meeks, David Stern, Tony Spiel and Max Hubbard placed first, setting the pool record.

Jake Lehmann, Tyler Lawson, Tristan Boyd, and Josh Fick finished in second place. Michael Young, Tommy Harrington, Adam Cody, and John Malecha touched the wall in third place.

John Hannasch won the 50 freestyle, while Spiel won the 500 freestyle.

Jon Sampers (200 freestyle), Nikita Klochan (100 butterfly) and Chandler Dye (100 freestyle) each placed second.

Due to the lineup switches, the meet stayed close until later, when Hubbard and Klochan went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke.

The Irish finished off the win as Lehmann and Meeks went 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke.

"We trained hard last week, it caused a little bit of stress for the varsity kids, some of the times were a little bit off," Ertl said.

Meeks swam the JV 200 individual medley, winning with a school record time of 2 minutes, 1.57 seconds.

But, there is one more regular season meet left, and Ertl isn't about to let his team overlook Eagan today

"I told them our guys, 'Don't take them lightly,'" Ertl said. "They are good."

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