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Boys Swimming & Diving: Strong finishes lead to No. 3 ranking for Irish

It's not uncommon for coaches to talk before, during and after swimming meets, and often those discussions talk about each team's strengths and weaknesses.

The Rosemount boys swimming and diving team has been receiving plenty of accolades from opposing coaches this season, and there is good reason for it.

The Irish are now the No. 3 ranked team in the state by the coaches association.

Rosemount coach Jim Ertl got more feedback from his colleagues this week as the Irish beat Bloomington Jefferson 111-70.

"We just absolutely dominated them. We had a phenomenal meet," Ertl said. "Their coach mentioned that we had some kids swimming exhibition that could swim varsity on other teams. That's pretty cool."

It was just the latest in a series of dominating performances by Rosemount. Last week at the Grand Rapids Invitational, the Irish finished second with 411 points. Minnetonka -- which is currently ranked No. 2 -- won the meet.

Burnsville finished third with 351 points. The two teams meet for their conference dual today, which will go a long way to determining the Lake Conference champion.

"That's a big meet," Ertl said. "We have to beat them to win the conference, bottom line."

The Irish have had their fair share of big meets already this season.

Against Jefferson, Rosemount won every varsity event except diving, often taking first and second. The JV also won 10 of the 12 events.

One shining example of the dominance was in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The Irish had the three fastest combined times. The "C" relay won the event with Jake Lehmann, Adam Cody, Connor Carroll and David Stern teaming up.

The "A" relay of Devon Meeks, Tristan Boyd, Dane Peloquin and David Officer finished second.

Max Hubbard, Tony Spiel, Nikita Klochan, and John Hannasch combined to have the third-fastest time.

The relay also exemplified how Ertl varied his lineup and gave swimmers the chance to swim different relay combinations.

"We gave the younger guys some chances to race at a higher level, which worked out great," Ertl said. "I couldn't be happier with the kids. We created some opportunities for a lot of guys to letter.

"Its a really good stepping stone towards True Team."

At the Grand Rapids meet, the Rosemount medley relay team of Meeks, Stern, Spiel and Lehmann combined for a time of 1 minute, 39.64 seconds to break the meet and pool records.

Meeks then set the meet and pool records with a time of 53.54 seconds in the 100 backstroke.