All Faribault Swimmers Heading to Finals at State
The Faribault Falcons have only four guys at the Minnesota State High School League Swimming and Diving meet this weekend, and all qualified for Saturday's finals.
The event is at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, and Falcon senior Paul Sadergaski is hoping to repeat as the Class A 100-yard butterfly champion. He has a very good shot at it, coming into the competition with the fastest qualifying time at 50.05. In preliminary competition Friday, Sadergaski turned in the fastest time with 50.10.
The Faribault senior is also hoping to improve upon last year's fifth-place finish in the 50 free. Sadergaski came into Friday's meet with the second-fastest seed time and turned in the third-fastest time in preliminary competition.
Faribault junior Adam Rechtzigel finished 10th in the 50 free and qualified for the finals.
The Falcon 200-yard medley relay advanced to the finals after finishing 12th during preliminaries. Members of the team are junior Carter Howell, junior Adam Rechtzigel, senior Paul Sadergaski and junior Derek Bokelman.
Faribault's 200 free relay is also in the finals after placing ninth in preliminary competition. Members of the team include Adam Rechtzigel, Derek Bokelman, Carter Howell and Paul Sadergaski. Rechtzigel is also in the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke after finishing 11th in the preliminaries.
Northfield is also making a big splash.
On Thursday, senior Jack Cuddy was in first place through the semifinals in diving.
Sophomore Ethan Schaffer just made the cut for Saturday's final in the 200-yard IM even after shaving over a minute off his seed time. Schaffer did not qualify in the 100-yard butterfly, placing 22nd.
Senior Erik Lundstrom was 12th in the 500-yard freestyle and will be in the finals Saturday.
The Northfield 200-yard freestyle relay placed 16th, just good enough to get into the finals. The team is composed of seniors Haakon Larsen and Erik Lundstrom and sophomores Andrew Becker and Josh Beumer. The 400-yard freestyle relay team is composed of the same guys, and they placed ninth in that event to qualify for the finals.
Sophomore Becker missed the cut in the 50-yard free and 100-yard free.
In Class AA competition, new all-time Minnesota records and Class AA records were set during preliminaries in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle relay.
In the 200-yard freestyle, senior Sam Schilling of Minnetonka set the all-time record with a time of 1:35.82. The national record is 1:33.26.
Schilling also set a new Minnesota record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 44.02. The national record is 42.81.
In the 200-yard IM, John Thomas Larson of Minnesota Online swam a new record of 1:46.89. The national record is 1:41.39. He also set a record in the 500-yard freestyle of 4:17.75. The national record is 4:11.87.
Eden Prairie swam to a new record in the 200-yard freestyle relay: 1:23.50. The national record is 1:19.27.
Class A Swimming and Diving finals are noon Saturday with public ticket sales beginning at 10:30AM. Class AA Finals are at 6PM Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.