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Swimming and diving: Irish send seven to state

The Rosemount swimming and diving team will compete in seven events at the Class 2A state meet.

The Rosemount swimming and diving team qualified seven events for state and was pleasantly surprised by a second-place team finish at Friday’s Section 3AA Championships.

The Irish entered seeded fourth out of seven teams, but moved up to third after prelims and into second after finals with 354 ½ points in action at Hidden Oaks Middle School. They leapfrogged both Lakeville schools before finishing 40 points off the pace of team champion Prior Lake.

Senior Dan Monaghan will get a chance to defend his Class 2A state title after winning the 1-meter dive with a score of 401.10.

“He was focused and had a great performance,” Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said.

Senior Sam Kendall will represent the Irish in four events. He qualified individually with a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, and swam legs on the Irish’s second-place 200 medley relay and fourth-place 200 freestyle relay.

“He worked extremely hard this fall and winter and it paid off with significant drops in time and state-qualifying times,” Carlson said.

Frank Haney and Noah Peterson each contributed legs to both qualifying relays. Derek Schnoor rounded out the 200 freestyle foursome and Ian Gardiner contributed a leg of the 200 medley relay.

Haney and Gardiner also qualified for state in individual events. Haney placed fifth in a talent-filled 50 freestyle and Gardiner was sixth in the fast 100 butterfly final where the top seven swimmers met the state-qualifying standard.

Haney just missed qualifying in a fourth event. He was fourth in the 100 backstroke. The Irish 400 freestyle also earned a fourth-place finish.

Peterson placed fifth in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 200 freestyle. Stephen Satnik added a personal-best score while placing sixth in the 1-meter dive.

Gardiner added a seventh-place swim in the 200 individual medley. Cody Sedbrook was seventh in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 200 freestyle. Other eighth-place efforts came from Mike Lindemann in the 100 breaststroke and Schnoor in the 50 freestyle.

The Class 2A state meet gets under way today and runs through Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.