Mustangs swim to second at true team sections

The Mounds View Mustangs boys swimming and diving team swam to a second-place finish at the Section 4AA true team meet on Jan. 23 at Stillwater Junior High School. The host Stillwater Ponies won the five-team meet with 941 points while the runner-up Mustangs tallied 773 points. The Mustangs' performance was a strong one with some excellent swims but it was not quite good enough to earn a wild card bid to the true team state meet on Jan. 30. 

Leading the way for the Mustangs were seniors Josh Peterson and Leo Rossi who both had top-eight individual finishes. Juniors Albert Pan and Noah Vranyes; sophomores Quinn Doan, Jason Lou, and David Severson; freshmen Ian Boyles, Will Goldman Jared Martini and Tad Tomczyk; and eighth grader Isaac Pan all made it to the awards podium with a top-eight finish, as well. The locals also had top-eight finishes in all three relay events.

 The Mustangs had a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with the quartet of Martini, Isaac Pan, Doan and Josh Peterson touching the wall in 1:48.01. Ross had a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best 1:56.78, while Albert Pan was seventh in 1:57.21. In the 200-yard individual medley, Isaac Pan swam to 2:09.72 to capture fourth place. Vranyes' 2:17.29 was good enough for eighth place. In the 50-yard freestyle, Josh Peterson was fourth in a season-best 23.24, with Boyles clocking a season-best 24.48 to finish sixth. 

In the diving well, Tomczyk tallied 135.40 points on the one-meter board to nail down eighth place. In the 100-yard butterfly, Doan swam to a season-best 56.08 to finish fourth. Josh Peterson's swim of 52.29 earned him a fourt-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Albert Pan was right behind in fifth place with a 53.71 clocking. Three Mustangs earned medals in the 500-yard freestyle. Isaac Pan was sixth in 5:23.27, Lou claimed seventh with a season-best 5:36.64, and Severson was eighth in a season-best 5:52.31.

The Mustangs had three teams in the top eight in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Boyles, Kyle Peterson, Atakan Yurttas, and Rossi finished fourth in 1:37.50. The unit of Doan, Goldman, Lou and Albert Pan was right behind in fifth in 1:37.69. The third unit comprised of Alan Wang, Derek Chen, Eric Pham and Marshall Mastenbrook finished eighth with a swim of 1:45.22. 

Martini swam to a 1:03.31 to finish seventh in the 100-yard backstroke, with Vranyes claiming eighth in 1:05.23. Doan touched the wall in fourth place with a time of 1:07.41 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Goldman posted a season-best time of 1:09.97 to finish sixth. In the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Mustangs again had three top-eight finishes. The first unit comprised of the Pan brothers, Martini and Josh Peterson posted a season-best time of 3:33.85 to finish second. The quartet of Lou, Kyle Peterson, Vranyes and Rossi was fourth in 3:40.66. Finally, the unit of Boyles, Mastenbrook, Yurttas and Coby Lessard was sixth in 3:50.88.

Other Mustangs competing in the meet, where everyone who finishes scores points, were sophomore Alex Li; freshmen Jaymes Andrews, Josh Bowman, Nate Fatkhiyev, and Max Jytyla; eighth graders Alex Bonsanger and Jedi Pratt; and seventh grader Sam Magnuson. 

The next dual meet for the Mustangs will be with Cretin-Derham Hall on Jan. 28 at Chippewa Middle School, beginning at 6 pm. The diving competition will take place at Spring Lake Park High School beginning at 4 p.m.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

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