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Swimming and diving: Conference co-champions

Rosemount swimmer Jacob Stern finishes second in the 200 individual medley during last week's home win over Prior Lake.

The Rosemount boys swimming and diving team knew its early-season matchup against Eagan was important.

It doesn't come as a shock to the Irish, but last week they learned how important the 93-93 tie in December was to conference standings.

Rosemount beat Prior Lake 107-77 last week to finish the dual meet South Suburban Conference season. Thanks to the earlier tie the two teams were co-conference champions with 8-1 seasons. It's the third season in a row the Irish have won at least a share of a conference title.

"We had some great swims as we near sections," Rosemount coach Patti Wegner said. "Some of our guys had season-best swims at this meet, and that is very encouraging for sections when we finish our taper."

The Class 2A, Section 3 meet is next week at Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake.

In the varsity's final tune-up for the section meet, the Irish certainly showed some speed.

Sheldon Hatlen won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races. He touched the wall in 50.64 seconds in the 100 freestyle for his best time. He added another career-best time in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1 minute, 51.18 seconds.

Hatlen was also part of winning relay teams in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.

"He had a great meet," Wegner said. "That is why we call him the speedboat."

Braden McCormack, Jacob Stern, Luke Dowell and Conor Manning teamed up to win the opening 200 medley relay.

With Hatlen winning the 200 freestyle, Rosemount swept the top three spots in the event. Andrew Urness was second and Nick Jeffrey added a third-place finish.

Jim Peterson took second in the diving competition with the Irish's Anthony Tooley placing third and Daniel Monaghan fifth.

Dowell won the 100 butterfly with teammate Tyler Lawson placing second. Dowell added a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle.

The Irish then swept the 100 freestyle, again with Hatlen taking the top spot followed by Jeffrey and Manning.

Urness added a win in the 500 freestyle with a season-best time of 5:07.61.

Jacob Stern won the 100 breaststroke and touched the wall in second place in the 200 individual medley.

Hatlen, David Baker, Stern and Manning combined to win the 200 freestyle relay.

While Rosemount exhibitioned the final event, Hatlen, Jeffrey, Lawson and Baker still teamed up to post the top time.

"The entire team is looking very strong," Wegner said. "We are going to continue to be a strong team for years to come thanks to all of our hard work from all of the guys."

The JV championships are this weekend at Olson Middle School in Bloomington, while the varsity preps for next week's section meet. The JV swimming championships begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

"I am very excited to see all of them swim fast," Wegner said. "Our JV team is extremely talented. If they continue to stick with swimming and work hard, I believe we can repeat as conference champions for years to come."

JV beats Lakers

The Rosemount JV finished the regular season with a 118-65 win against Prior Lake.

John Malecha won the 200 freestyle and Andrew Holzmer took the top spot in the 50 freestyle.

Dominic Smithson added a win in diving.

Kyle Bodine touched the wall in first place in the 100 butterfly, while Matthew McCormack placed first in the 100 freestyle.

Sam Stern later added a win in the 500 freestyle.

John Drew won the 100 backstroke and Trevor Gunderson touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke.