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Boys swimming and diving: Season bests pile up

The Rosemount boys swimming and diving team had two strong performances over the weekend, and head coach Tami Carlson has the numbers to prove it.

Carlson calculated that her swimmers turned in season-best times in 43 percent of their events while setting four pool records in a 143-39 South Suburban Conference rout of Bloomington Kennedy Friday night at Oak Grove Junior High. A day later the Irish traveled to the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center and swam season-bests in 36 percent of their races while placing fifth in the Gold Division at the Maroon and Gold Invite.

"Wow, two great meets this weekend," Carlson said. "I challenged the guys to try to get season-best swims two days in a row - once is easy.... The guys swam really well. You can tell they are finally getting in great shape with all the drops in time."

The Irish scored 258 points. Eden Prairie outscored Minnetonka 708-391 for the team championship. East Ridge was third with 300 points, followed by Edina with 295.

Daniel Monaghan claimed Rosemount's lone individual title. He won the one-meter dive with a score of 205.50. Teammate Gareth Estabrook was seventh.

Sheldon Hatlen added a pair of top individual swims. He was third in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and anchored a pair of top-five relays. He joined Kyle Bodine, Sam Kendall and Andrew Urness for a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay and a fifth-place swim in the 400 freestyle relay.

Urness added a ninth-place finish in the 200 freestyle and a 10th-place showing in the 100 butterfly. Noah Peterson tacked on a 10th-place finish of his own in the 500 freestyle.

The Irish won 11 of 12 events and finished 1-2-3 in six of them while rolling past Kennedy Friday night.

"After having a grueling last couple of weeks with two hard meets against Eden Praire and Edina we had some great swims,"?Carlson said.

Hatlen set pool records in winning the 50 and 100 freestyles and joined Urness, Kendall and Bodine for a pool-record swim in the 200 freestyle relay. Monaghan added a pool-record score in the one-meter dive.

Other individual winners were Cody Sedbrook (200 freestyle), Ian Gardiner (200 IM and 100 butterfly), Kendall (100 freestyle), Scott Maki (500 freestyle) and Myles Higgs (100 backstroke).

The Irish return to the pool tomorrow night against Apple Valley at Valley Middle School.