Rosemount diver to defend state title

Class AA meet starts Thursday

Rosemount senior Daniel Monaghan will defend his 1-meter diving championship at the state Class AA boys swimming and diving meet this week at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Some of Monaghan’s toughest competition might be other divers from the South Suburban Conference. Eagan senior Toby Heller was fourth at state last year, and Eagan sophomores Nic Lemieux and Alex Crow also qualified. Also taking part in the diving preliminaries at 6 p.m. Thursday are Apple Valley junior Carson Scholberg, Eastview sophomore Nick Kilen and Eastview senior Tucker Hoffman. Farmington junior Jonathan Bovee, a future South Suburban Conference diver (Farmington joins the league in 2014-15), also will compete at the state meet.

Class AA swimming preliminaries are 6 p.m. Friday, with the swimming and diving finals at 6 p.m. Saturday.

One of the top Dakota County swimmers in the state meet is Lakeville South senior Mitch Herrera, who will compete in both distance freestyle races. Herrera was fourth in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races at the 2013 state meet. This year, he is seeded second in the 500 and ninth in the 200.

Lakeville North’s Andrew Trepanier holds a unique distinction as the only seventh-grader to qualify for the Class AA state meet in an individual event. Trepanier is the No. 5 seed at state in the 100 butterfly and the third seed in the 100 backstroke.

Lakeville South has the fourth-fastest seed time in the 400 freestyle relay. Lakeville North is the fourth seed in the 200 freestyle relay and Eagan is the sixth seed in the 200 medley relay.

Several Lake Conference teams are expected to battle for the team championship. Eden Prairie is defending state champion, while Minnetonka won the Class AA division at the 2014 state True Team meet. Eagan, the South Suburban Conference and Section 3AA champion, also is among the teams looking for a place on the awards stand.