Irondale senior has busy state meet waiting

Jacob Wielinski has been to the state swimming and diving meet before, but this year will be his busiest trip yet. The Irondale High School senior qualified for state in three events.

Wielinski captured a pair of titles at the Section 5AA meet last weekend. He won the 500-yard freestyle by obliterating the field and set a record in the process. His time of 4:38.09 was faster than the runner-up by more than 18 seconds, and he beat the previous meet record by nearly 2-1/2 seconds.

Wielinski also helped Irondale's 400-yard freestyle relay team nab a section title. He swam the anchor leg as the foursome won the event with a time of 3:22.87. 

Junior Ed Olivares Raniolo swam the first leg and was ahead after 50 yards, but was third after 100. Senior Jack Marchiafava pulled the team into second place after his leg and sophomore Greg Pehl kept the team in second leading up to Wielinski's turn.

Wielinski recorded the fastest 50-yard and 100-yard times of the event as the Knights ended up winning by more than two seconds.

Wielinski's third event at state will be the 200-yard individual medley. He qualified by placing second at the section meet with a time of 1:59.02.

Mounds View

The Mustangs got one individual to the state meet.

Senior Tanner Sachse is set to compete at state in the 100-yard freestyle after finishing second in the event at the Section 5AA meet. Sachse's time of 49.06 seconds was four-tenths of a second faster than the third-place finisher.

The Class AA state meet starts Thursday with the diving preliminaries. The swimming prelims are Friday and the finals for all events are on Saturday. The Class AA sessions begin at 6 p.m. on all three nights.

--Brian Meyers

Section 5AA boys swimming and diving meet

Team scores
1 – Wayzata 374
2 – Roseville 363
3 – Robbinsdale Armstrong 276
4 – Mounds View 243
5 – Irondale 224
6 – Maple Grove 190
7 – Osseo 177
8 – Robbinsdale Cooper 162
9 – Park Center 102



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