Boys Swimming & Diving: Irish wins section title
This is the time of the season that the Rosemount boys swimming and diving team has been waiting for.
The Irish knew the talent they possessed from the early going.
More often than not, Rosemount didn't even put together its best lineup while winning the conference title, the True Team section title and a third-place finish at the True Team state meet.
Last week, Ertl and the Irish started to put things together. More swimmers were shaved and tapered. More swimmers were put into the events that would carry the team totals.
But even then, Ertl put together a lineup for last week's section meet that would give them a chance to win, but more importantly, a chance to win at the next level.
"We kind of put the section lineup together so we could be set up for state," Ertl said. "I was happy a lot of kids will get to swim there. I think we'll do alright. We have to make sure we make it happen on Friday. And Thursday will be a key for John Tubbs."
The state meet is the focus now after the Irish won the section meet last week with 356 points, besting Burnsville's 276 points.
This week is the state meet and the Irish will put everything together to try and win a state title.
And Rosemount certainly has the individuals in place to accomplish it.
The Irish won each relay at the section meet.
The 200-yard medley relay of Devon Meeks, David Stern, Tony Spiel, and Tristan Boyd set a school record with a time of 1 minute, 35.92 seconds. The mark is also an automatic all-american time.
The Irish are seeded first in the event in the state meet.
Stern, Jake Lehmann, Adam Cody, and Max Hubbard combined to win the 200 freestyle relay. Hubbard, Lehmann, Cody and Meeks comprised the winning 400 freestyle relay.
"That was the first time ever we have won all three relays," Ertl said. "It is very hard to do that, especially in our section. We had teams get automatic times. We had the most depth of any section in the state, a lot of competition."
There was a bit of controversy in the 50 freestyle as the starting horn was suffering from feedback. They ended up having to have a swim off to decide the eventual place winners.
Meeks won the event in 21.71 seconds and Stern placed third.
"There were guys moving all over the place," Ertl said. "The beep went and Stern was still on the block He would have won that race easily. He made the state cut, but guys started 15 feet ahead of him. He definitely had the best swim."
Hubbard won the 'B' final in the event with a time that would have placed him in the top 5.
Meeks then came back to win the 100 freestyle, with Hubbard placing third and Lehmann sixth.
John Tubbs placed third in the diving competition to qualify for state.
Lehmann placed third in the 200 individual medley. Spiel advanced to state with a qualfying time in the 100 butterfly.
Stern set a school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.49.
Dane Peloquin was seventh in the breaststroke, and Nikita Klochan won the 'B' final.
"We had a great meet," Ertl said. "You could put in all the names and places. Everyone did great. They all deserve it."