Boys Swimming & Diving: Rosemount finishes fourth at state meet
Even when the Rosemount boys swimming and diving team made it to the state meet last week, there was still a focus on the team.
The state meet rewards top-level performers instead of total team depth. But, the Irish had a special team.
That's what happens when the depth Rosemount enjoyed this season is as strong as it is. Irish coach Jim Ertl was still making decisions about his relay teams entering last week's state meet.
"I think I mentioned that we were still mixing things up a little bit," Ertl said. "We figured if we do a good job, we would still be in the top five teams and we ended up there. We had the opportunity to win some state titles and we really wanted to go after them. We were very fortunate to be able to pull those out."
Rosemount placed fourth as a team with 155 points, trailing winning Edina (268 points), Minnetonka (225), and Rochester Century (168).
"The thing is, we could have made decisions where we could have had third place," Ertl said. "We could have balanced out those relays like we did at sections. But we made the decision that we weren't going after that."
Instead, the decision on the relays teams paid off in a different way -- in two relay state titles.
Devon Meeks, David Stern, Tony Spiel and Max Hubbard combined to set a new state record in the 200-yard medley relay, touching the wall in 1 minute, 34.26 seconds.
The Irish also won the 200 freestyle relay as Stern, Hubbard, Tristan Boyd and Meeks set a new school record.
Meeks also was an individual standout. He won the individual title in the 50 freestyle with a new school record and automatic All American time of 20.73 seconds.
He placed second in the 100 freestyle, with another automatic All American time, finishing in 45.44 seconds.
"Devon just had a phenomenal meet," Ertl said. "He set school records and took my son, Eric, off there. It's kind of bittersweet, more sweet than bitter. When a guy goes that fast, you're just happy for him."
Stern was fifth in the 50 freestyle and seventh in the 100 breaststroke, breaking his own school record in the breaststroke.
John Tubbs placed 16th in the diving competition.
"Tubbs beat half the divers in the state meet," Ertl said. "We were really happy with that."
Max Hubbard added another Irish appearance in the finals, placing eighth in the 100 freestyle.