Wildcats 4th at section meet
Eagan won two events on its way to fourth place at the Section 3AA True Team boys swimming and diving meet Saturday in Prior Lake.
The Wildcats had a particularly good day in diving, with Keith Krawza, Justin Wollin and Toby Heller finishing first, third and fifth at Hidden Oaks Middle School. Eagan also picked up a first place in the 200-yard medley relay.
Eagan scored 1,102 points, trailing Rosemount (1,341.5), Lakeville South (1,188.5) and Prior Lake (1,168.5). Rosemount earned the section’s automatic bid to the state finals at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Krawza, a senior, scored 390.75 points in diving and finished about 16 points ahead of the runner-up. Wollin’s third-place score was 362.05 and Heller scored 313.40 to place fifth. Ninth-grader Nic Lemieux was ninth as the Wildcats scored 114 points in diving.
Sam Zenner, Max Griesgraber, Eli Broman and Bill Leighton were winners in the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 41.03 seconds, almost a full second ahead of the runner-up.
Broman, a sophomore, also placed second in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.93 and third in the 100 butterfly in 54.44. Leighton had a second place in the 100 freestyle (49.57) and a third in the 50 freestyle (22.37). Ninth-grader Parker Lemke was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:01.50. Zenner placed fifth in the 100 backstroke in 59.38 and Griesgraber took fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.02.
Zenner, Tal Shub, Griesgraber and Leighton were runners-up to Rosemount in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:31.32.
Other top-10 finishers for Eagan at the section True Team meet were Lemke in the 200 freestyle (sixth), Shub in the 200 individual medley (eighth) and 100 breaststroke (eighth), Griesgraber in the 200 IM (10th), Zenner in the 50 freestyle (eighth), Andrew Wehman in the 500 freestyle (10th) and the “A” 400 freestyle relay team (10th).
The Lightning finished sixth of eight teams at the Section 3AA True Team meet with 701.5 points.
Eighth-grader Sam Pekarek had the team’s highest finish at the meet, a fourth place in the 500 freestyle in 5:06.21.
Drew Reinhardt, another eighth-grader, was ninth in the 100 butterfly. Tom Schutte finished ninth in the 500 freestyle, Erik Nelson placed eighth in the 100 backstroke and Noah DeSutter was ninth in the 100 breaststroke.
Eastview’s top relay finish was 10th in the 200 medley race.
Andrew France’s second place in the 50 freestyle was the highlight of the Section 3AA True Team meet for Apple Valley, which finished seventh of eight teams.
France’s time of 22.19 was 17 hundredths of a second behind Rosemount’s Sheldon Hatlen. Apple Valley’s Seth Berry finished 10th in the event.
Eagles junior Carson Scholberg finished 10th in diving. Apple Valley’s highest relay place was fourth in the 200 freestyle with France, Berry, Jackson Scholberg and Alex Perkins finishing in 1:32.35.
Saturday’s Section 3AA True Team meet showed that Burnsville’s Ben Albert and Charlie Kollasch are among the elite swimmers in the South Suburban Conference. It also showed that as a team the Blaze is not yet at the level of its conference rivals.
Burnsville coach Andrew Michelson said earlier last week that no matter where the Blaze finished in True Team sections, it would be good for its young swimmers to face strong competition. Burnsville finished eighth in a section consisting of eight South Suburban Conference teams.
Albert, a senior, won two events, both by convincing margins. His first-place time of 2:02.37 in the 200 individual medley was almost four seconds ahead of his closest competition. He swam 1:02.06 in the 100 breaststroke, winning by 1.63 seconds.
Kollasch took first in the 100 backstroke in 55.14. The senior also finished seventh in the 200 freestyle in 1:51.97.
Kollasch, Albert, Izaak Davison-Kerwood and Adam Jarnagin were fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:43.54. Davison-Kerwood, Ryan Dobrzynski, Albert and Kollasch took sixth in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:30.32.
The Blaze scored 579 team points, 34 behind seventh-place Apple Valley.