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Boys swimming and diving: Late slip allows Eagan to take opener

One slip off the block gave Eagan a dual win over Rosemount in the Irish's first meet of the season last Friday at Rosemount Middle School.

The leadoff swimmer of Rosemount's top 400 freestyle relay team was disqualified after slipping off the block and Eagan placed its three relays 1-4-5 to outscore the Irish 8-6 in the event and win the dual, 94-92.

Rosemount had rallied to tie the score at 86-86 heading into the final event after falling behind by as many as 12 points after five events. Despite Daniel Monaghan's victory in the one-meter dive, Eagan pushed its lead to 45-33. Andrew Urness then led a 2-3-4 Irish finish in the 100 butterfly and Sheldon Hatlen won the 100 freestyle to make it 57-53.

Rosemount took the lead back thanks to a 1-3-4 finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The foursome of Hatlen, Urness, Derek Schnoor and Sam Kendall claimed first place in 1 minute, 32.36 seconds.

Myles Higgs followed with a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke and Hatlen topped the field in the 100 breaststroke, but the score remained tied heading into the 400 freestyle relay. Eagan then clinched the meet with a time of 3:28.65, just under six seconds better than Rosemount's B relay.

The Irish opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay. Hatlen, Higgs, Sam Stern and Ian Gardiner combined on a winning clocking of 1:43.54. Urness followed with a runner-up effort in the 200 freestyle. Noah Peterson later tacked on a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle.

The Irish are back in action tomorrow night for another conference dual at Burnsville. The team competes at Eden Prairie Monday before returning home to take on Bloomington Jefferson next Friday.