State swim meet recap

The District 621 high schools had two entries each in last weekend’s state boys swimming and diving championships. Irondale sent two individuals while Mounds View qualified a pair a relay teams.

Irondale junior Greg Pehl was the only competitor from the district to reach the finals. He finished 16th in the 100-yard butterfly.

Pehl sat in 15th place after the preliminaries with a time of 52.93 seconds. That was 0.04 seconds faster than the he posted in the Section 5AA state qualifier.

In the finals, Pehl’s time was 53.38 seconds.

Irondale’s other state qualifier was senior Ed Olivares, who competed in the 50-yard freestyle. His section time for the event was 22.09 seconds and he bettered that in the state prelims by going 22 seconds flat. That time left him tied for 20th overall, which wasn’t good enough to advance to the finals.

Mounds View’s state entries came in the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team consisted of freshman Ian Boyles, sophomore Quinn Doan, eighth grader Quinn Quackenbush and senior Josh Peterson. They qualified for state with a section time of 1:32.03 and shaved four-thousandths of a second off that in the state prelims, where their time was 1:31.59.

That time put them in 19th place and left them out of the finals.

Peterson also swam in the 400-yard freestyle relay along with eighth grader Will Quackenbush, senior Leo Rossi and junior Albert Pan. Their prelim time of 3:22.35 landed them in 21st place.

In the team standings at the state meet, Eden Prairie took home the championship with 335 points while Minnetonka was second with 262.5. Stillwater was the highest-finishing team from the Suburban East Conference with a sixth-place finish. Elk River led the Northwest Suburban Conference teams by finishing 13th.


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


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