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Boys swimming and diving: Irish fifth at state

Fives were wild for the Rosemount swimming and diving team Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

Five fifth-place finishes helped the Irish place fifth out of 12 teams with 1,580 ½ points in their sixth straight appearance at the True Team state meet. They finished third at the meet in three of the previous four years.

Eden Prairie won the state title 2,313-2,159 ½ over runner-up Minnetonka, and Stillwater and Edina rounded out the top four.

Junior diver Daniel Monaghan was crowned meet champion in the 1-meter dive with a total score of 415.95. He led by less than a point through eight dives, but finished with three solid dives in a row to win by 23 over runner-up Taylor Hall of Minnetonka.

"Dan is very motivated and has been working very hard this season with eight or nine practices a week. He is very driven," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said. "All the boys did a good job at the meet. They swam well."

Sheldon Hatlen continued his standout senior season by contributing four top-five finishes to the Irish effort. He opened with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle, and then came back three events later to earn another runner-up performance in the 100 freestyle. Hatlen then went to work in the relays, contributing anchor legs on the third-place 200 freestyle relay and fifth-place 400 freestyle relay. Kyle Bodine, Andrew Urness and Sam Kendall rounded out both relay foursomes.

The Irish added an 11th-place finish in the 200 medley relay, which featured Frank Haney, Sam Stern, Ian Gardiner and Ben Peterson.

The team's next best individual finish came from Urness, who cracked the top 10 in the 200 freestyle with a ninth-place effort.

Fifteenth-place finishes were turned in by Stern in the 100 breaststroke and Kendall in the 100 freestyle. Bodine was right behind in 16th in the 100 freestyle and also placed 16th in the 50 freestyle. Matching 16th-place showings were provided by Noah Peterson in the 500 freestyle and Urness in the 100 butterfly

Gardiner and Kendall came in 17-18 in the 200 individual medley.

The Irish resume their South Suburban Conference dual schedule tomorrow night when they host Prior Lake at the Rosemount Middle School pool. On Saturday they travel to Dakota Hills Middle School for the Eagan Invitational.