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Swimming and diving: Swimmers cruise past Eastview, 100-84

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Recovering from a pair of important, busy weeks, the Rosemount boys swimming and diving team had the chance to relax last week.

The Irish had almost a week off before competing in a South Suburban conference meet against Eastview last week. After two weeks filled with conference dual meets and the True Team section and state meets, a single conference dual meet likely felt like a vacation.

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Rosemount wasn't taking any vacations though.

The Irish returned to the pool for a competitive meet and beat Eastview 100-84 last week.

"We had some really great swims at this meet," Rosemount coach Patti Wegner said. "A lot of guys are dropping time, and that is always our goal. It's all about the kids swimming fast."

The Irish placed first in seven events against the Lightning.

Braden McCormack, Jacob Stern, Tyler Lawson and David Baker started the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay.

Stern, Sheldon Hatlen and Lawson swept the top three spots in the 50 freestyle, going 1-2-3, respectively.

After winning the 50 freestyle, Stern took second in the 100 breaststroke.

Conor Manning touched the wall in first place in the 100 butterfly.

Luke Dowell won the 100 freestyle and took second in the 200 freestyle. Baker was second in the 100 freestyle.

The 200 freestyle relay provided some of the best drama of the night.

Rosemount's top relay team of Dowell, Hatlen, Baker and Manning placed first in 1 minutes, 32.55 seconds.

The Irish's second relay team had a race of its own. With Lawson, Kyle Bodine, Stern, and Nick Jeffrey teaming up, Rosemount touched the wall in a tie with Eastview's top relay team in 1:33.80.

"It is very unusual for a tie to occur because all of the times are done to the one-hundredth of a second," Wegner said. "It was very fun to watch."

Braden McCormack won the 100 backstroke with Matthew McCormack placing second.

In diving, Anthony Tooley and teammate Daniel Monaghan finished 1-2, respectively.

"They both are doing really well," Wegner said. "The divers took place in a conference dive meet at Eagan on Saturday. It was an 11-dive meet and both of them scored over 300 points. Hopefully they will both make it to state. They are diving really well. It has been a while since we have had such a good diving team."

However, Wegner knows the divers aren't the only ones surging toward the finish.

Rosemount hosts Prior Lake tomorrow.

"Our team as a whole is really coming together," Wegner said. "(Tomorrow) should be a good meet. We are going to use it as a tune-up for JV championships and sections. I am really excited about how our team is going to finish the season off. Our goal is to have lifetime best swims for every guy at their last meet."

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