High School State Championships: Minnesota Boys Class A and AA

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 5. ONE state, five Class A and one Class AA record fell during the Minnesota State High School Swimming and Diving Championships. The meets were held March 1-3 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Class A
Monticello's Paul Fair lowered two individual Class A records and helped out in a third. The junior erased Zack Strumbell's 2008 time of 1:40.85 with his 1:40.75, and Fair's effort of 49.35 marked the first time a Class A swimmer went under 50 seconds in the 100 fly. The previous record of 50.13 was set by Justin Hake in 2002. Fair anchored Monticello's record-setting 200 free relay with juniors Evan Lahr, Jack Fair and Derrek Teicher (1:26.11). The previous standard of 1:26.41 was set by Red Wing-Winger Academy back in 1999.

Mitchell Foster, a junior at Breck-Blake, lowered his Class A record in the 100 back that he set last year by 1-hundredth, posting a 49.34 this year. He also came in first in the 200 IM (1:53.27) and anchored the Class A record-setting 200 free relay with seniors Bob Blease and Will Erickson plus sophomore Clark Sun. They combined for a 1:34.83, taking down Breck-Blake's 2011 mark of 1:36.45.]

St. Thomas senior Luke Johanns swept the sprint free events, going 20.75 in the 50 free and 46.34 in the 100 free. Red Wing sophomore Tanner Alms posted a 4:41.10 to capture the 500 free, and Quillan Oak, a senior at Detroit Lakes, was tops in the 100 breast (56.73). Tanner Nordlund, a senior at Sartell-St. Stephen, put together 359.35 points to win the diving competition over Willmar senior Bennett Woltjer's 357.50.

Monticello's 400 free relay of Lahr, Jack Fair, senior Erick Topp and Paul Fair, combined for a 3:09.79 victory.

St. Thomas Academy was the top Class A team, scoring 330 points. Monticello placed second with 204 points, followed by Breck-Blake (193), Richfield (189) and Fergus Falls (152).

Class AA
Eden Prairie's 200 free relay of juniors Aaron Greenberg, Mike Solfelt, Bryce Boston with senior Maverick Hovey, put together a new state record 1:23.90. That erased Alexandria's 1:24.68 from 1999 from the record book. They also grabbed the 400 free relay win with their 3:06.01.

Greenberg won two individual events, claiming first in both the 50 free (20.93) and the 100 free (45.65). Hovey posted a 49.52, good for first in that event. With the three individual wins, the two relay victories and depth, Eden Prairie was the top team, scoring 314.5 points. Maple Grove and Minnetonka both scored 206 points for second. Rosemount came in fourth (178), followed by Edina (159).

Rosemount's 200 medley relay of seniors Braden McCormack, Luke Dowell and Conor Manning, plus junior Jacob Stern, set a Class AA mark with their 1:33.37. Eden Prairie's 2011 team had set the previous standard at 1:33.75. Stern was tops in the 100 breast (57.46).

Mounds View junior Noah Lucas doubled in the 200 free (1:39.89) and 500 free (4:33.14). The 100 back was won by Minnetonka junior Noah Busch (50.44) and Gregory Norsten, a Woodbury senior, pulled away from the field with his 1:49.76 in the 200 IM. Blaine senior Sean Leverton's 431.80 points earned him the diving title.

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