Trepanier, Pekarek are runner-up at state swimming

Eagan 6th in Class AA team competition

Lakeville North sophomore Andrew Trepanier congratulates a fellow competitor during the state Class AA 50-yard freestyle preliminaries. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy
Lakeville North sophomore Andrew Trepanier congratulates a fellow competitor during the state Class AA 50-yard freestyle preliminaries. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Lake Conference teams, as expected, dominated the state Class AA boys swimming and diving meet as Minnetonka and Eden Prairie took the top two places in the team competition. But schools from the South Suburban Conference had their moments.

Three SSC schools – Shakopee (fifth), Eagan (sixth) and Prior Lake (ninth) – finished in the top 10 at last week’s state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Two more, Lakeville South and Eastview, finished just outside the top 10, placing 11th and 12th. Lakeville North placed 15th.

Lakeville North sophomore Andrew Trepanier, who finished second in two events at last year’s state meet, added second- and third-place medals this year. Trepanier swam an automatic All-America time of 20.55 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle but finished second to Eden Prairie senior Jordan Greenburg, who touched in 20.33 to win his second consecutive state championship.

Trepanier was third in the 100 butterfly in 49.23, another automatic All-America time. Defending champion Joshua Withers of Eden Prairie won in 48.25, setting a Class AA meet record.

Eastview senior Sam Pekarek was touched out in a tight race for the 100 breaststroke championship. Minnetonka senior Corey Lau won in 55.04, with Pekarek second in 55.09. Both are automatic All-America times. Pekarek added a sixth place in the 200 individual medley with an All-America consideration time of 1:51.36.

Sam Pekarek of Eastview was second in the 100-yard breaststroke final by .04. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy
Sam Pekarek of Eastview was second in the 100-yard breaststroke final by .04. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Eagan, the 2015 Class AA team champion, was going for its third consecutive podium finish but came up about 40 points short. The Wildcats scored 116 points. Chanhassen was third with 155, grabbing the last available team trophy. Minnetonka, the prohibitive favorite going into the meet, scored 340 points and Eden Prairie had 274.

Wildcats senior Jasper Appleton was fifth in the 50 freestyle in 21.05 and fifth in the 100 butterfly in 50.43, earning two state individual medals. Quenton Steffen, a junior, was seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 58.99.

Eagan picked up more than half its points in relays, taking third in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle races. Noah Baum, Colin Kehoe, Mike Kehoe and Appleton swam the 200 freestyle relay in 1:26.63. Mike Kehoe, Caiden Kuehn, Colin Kehoe and Appleton finished the 400 freestyle race in 3:09.21.

The Lakeville South 200 medley relay of Brady Torborg, Jake Berg, Andrew Lind and Tate Leverenz was seventh in 1:36.15. Lind, Torborg, Leverenz and Ray Bares were seventh in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:11.20. Torborg placed eighth in the 100 butterfly in 51.69 and fifth in the 100 backstroke in 51.18

Lakeville North added an eighth place in the 200 freestyle relay, with Blake Schrick, Andrew Oveson, Zach Upham and Trepanier finishing in 1:28.90.

Rosemount scored 12 points at the state meet, all by senior diver Stephen Satnik, who placed seventh with 374.35 points. Alex Thompson finished 16th in the 100 freestyle for Burnsville, which scored one team points. Farmington’s Austin Kueck (distance freestyle), Seth Krause (diving) and Ben Gunderson (100 freestyle, backstroke) competed in the preliminaries but did not advance to the finals.