Mounds View takes second at section swim meet

Two Mustangs relay teams qualify for state

The Mounds View High School boys swimming and diving team took second place at the Section 4AA championship meet finals on Feb. 27 at Stillwater Junior High School. The Mustangs scored 368 points to claim the runner-up trophy after battling North St. Paul for the second spot all afternoon. The Polars finished with 314 points. Stillwater easily won the championship with a score of 533 points. 

The Mustangs were led by their 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, which both finished second to earn a trip to the Class AA state meet at the University of Minnesota’s Jean Freeman Aquatic Center on March 2-4. Several Mustangs posted season-best times in their respective events over the course of the three-day meet.

The Mustangs had a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with the quartet of freshman Jared Martini, eighth grader Isaac Pan, sophomore Quinn Doan and freshman Ian Boyles touching the wall in 1:45.33. In the 200-yard freestyle, senior Leo Rossi swam to a fifth-place finish in 1:51.73, just off his season-best time of 1:51.38 recorded in the preliminaries two days earlier. Junior co-captain Albert Pan was seventh in 1:52.89. Sophomores Kyle Peterson and Atakan Yurttas finished 13th and 14th in 2:02.67 and 2:04.18, respectively. Isaac Pan claimed seventh place in the 200-yard individual medley with a swim of 2:08.37. Sophomore Jason Lou was 10th in a season-best 2:12.44, junior Noah Vranyes finished 13th in 2:15.02 and Martini was 14th in 2:18.14. In the 50-yard freestyle, the Mustangs put three athletes on the medal stand with a 5-6-7 finish. Senior co-captain Josh Peterson finished fifth in 22.73 seconds, just of his season-best time of 22.65 in preliminaries. Eighth grader Will Quackenbush was sixth in a season-best 23.07 while Boyles was seventh in 23.37, just off his season-best swim of 23.35 in preliminaries. Freshman Will Goldmanís 24.47 earned him a 12th-place finish. 

In the 100-yard butterfly, Doan swam to a 55.06 to finish fifth after posting a 54.82 in preliminaries two evenings earlier. Yurttas was 14th in 1:01.56, just off his season-best preliminary time of 1:01.29. Quackenbush had a season-best time of 50.48 to claim seventh in the 100-yard freestyle with Josh Peterson finishing eighth in 50.60. Boyles was 11th in 52.79 after a posting a 52.55 two days earlier. At this point in the meet, the Polars led the Mustangs by a score of 215-208. But the Mustangs surged ahead of the Polars for good in the 500-yard freestyle. Rossi finished fifth in a season-best time of 5:13.47, while Isaac Pan claimed seventh in 5:19.45 after a season-best time of 5:16.45 in preliminaries. Lou had a season-best time of 5:24.26 to finish 10th while sophomore David Severson’s 5:40.93 was good enough for 12th after clocking a season-best 5:36.04 two days earlier. At this point the Mustangs led the Polars by a score of 246-226 and would only increase the lead as the afternoon progressed. 

The Mustangs were seeded fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, but pulled off an upset by passing both Stillwater and White Bear Lake to claim second place behind the Polars with a season-best time of 1:32.03. The quartet earning a trip to the state meet was Josh Peterson, Doan, Quackenbush and Boyles. In the 100-yard backstroke, Albert Pan’s season-best time of 59.17 earned him a seventh-place finish. Martini won the consolation heat with a season-best 1:01.04. Vranyes was right behind in 10th place with a season-best 1:02.86 with freshman Coby Lessard claiming 14th in 1:04.77. 

Doan swam to a season-best 1:04.17 to finish sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Goldman was 10th in 1:09.14 after posting a season-best 1:08.51 in preliminaries. Freshman Max Jytyla and sophomore Alex Li were 15th and 16th in 1:14.09 and 1:15.35, respectively. Both had posted a season-best time of 1:13.35 and 1:13.09, respectively, in preliminaries. In the final event of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the fourth-seeded Mustangs pulled off another upset to finish second behind Stillwater and earn a trip to the state meet. This time, the unit consisted of Josh Peterson, Quackenbush, Albert Pan and Rossi, who posted a season-best time of 3:22.30.

In the diving completion held on Feb. 26, four Mustangs competed in an 11-dive program on the one-meter board. Freshman Josh Bowman finished sixth with 258.50 points. Eighth grader Jedi Pratt was ninth with 235.65 points, freshman Tad Tomczyk was right behind in 10th with 232.25 points and eighth grader Alex Bonsanger was 12th with 216.95 points. This was a nice performance for a team that had no divers a year ago.


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


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