The Rosemount Irish boys' swimming diving team is sending two entrants to the Class AA state swim meet-senior diver Brady Carrigan in the one-meter dive and junior Keegan Henning in the 500-yard freestyle-despite Mother Nature's best efforts. They cancelled swimming on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and ended up doing all diving on Thursday. The preliminaries were cancelled and they held just one time final to see who would go to state on Friday, Feb. 22. Head coach Jake Kemna said his team definitely had to overcome some adversity and they responded well.
"It definitely was a little more pressure," he said. "With the guys it's like 'ok, I've got one shot to do this' and some of those guys, they rely on prelims and you know they spent two-and-a-half weeks preparing for prelims mentally, and then to take that away, that's mentally tough. But all-in-all, for the most part we adjusted great."
"We swam great, we did," Kemna said about his team's performance overall. "We had big drops, everyone swam great, they definitely adjusted to the (timed finals), you could tell it was an adjustment but you could see that the guys stepped up and swam well. We had a great meet, everyone was really happy with the way it went."
This is the first state meet for both Carrigan and Henning. Carrigan finished fourth in the one-meter dive with 328.35 points and Henning qualified in the 500 freestyle via the qualifying standard time with a third-place finish and a time of 4 minutes, 43.79 seconds. Kemna said that while he hopes the both of the just enjoy the experience of the state meet, Henning is seed with a good chance of making it to a consolation or championship finals and is just two seconds away from the school record.
Below are the full results:
200 medley relay: The team of senior Owen Benson, junior Brogan O'Donnel, junior Devin Anderson and senior Raphael Popa took fifth with a time of 1:42.84.
200 freestyle: Senior Cody Spaeth took fourth with a time of 1:46.39, freshman Evan Kindseth finished eighth in 1:49.73 and sophomore Josh Cobian placed 15th (1:55.77). Freshman Jacob Olsen took 17th with a time of 1:58.84.
200 individual medley: Henning took fourth with a time of 2:02.75, O'Donnel and senior Nate Boerboom tied-for-seventh with a time of 2:06.90 and freshman Brennan Wirth placed 18th (2:13.43).
50 freestyle: Junior Cole Forgey took seventh with a time of 23.07, fellow junior Jony Wise was ninth in 23.23, Popa was 13th with a time of 23.79 and senior Caleb Ockwig placed 14th (23.87).
One-meter dive: Brady Carrigan took fourth with a score of 328.35, junior Luke Rexing finished seventh with a 284.25, junior Jack Wolf was 12th with a 203.20 and eighth-grader Will Carrigan placed 15th (189.85).
100 butterfly: Anderson took fourth with a time of 54.89, senior Jeff Horecka finished ninth in 56.92, Benson was 12th with a time of 57.32 and Cobian placed 25th (1:01.34).
100 freestyle: Spaeth took third with a time of 49.48, Forgey finished eighth in 50.68, Popa was 11th with a 50.95 and right behind him in 12th was Wise with a time of 52.00.
500 freestyle: Henning took third with a time of 4:43.79, behind him in fourth was Kindseth in 4:54.67, Olsen finished 14th in 5:20.14 and freshman Parker Pederson placed 15th (5:20.76).
200 freestyle relay: The team was disqualified for jumping early.
100 backstroke: Anderson took 11th with a time of 59.63, right behind him was Benson in 12th in 1:00.04, sophomore Carter Sikorski finished 14th in 1:01.58 and Horecka placed 19th (1:03.27).
100 breaststroke: O'Donnel took seventh with a time of 1:04.30, Boerboom finished 10th in 1:05.40, sophomore Jagger Thompson was 20th with a 1:11.18 and Wirth placed 21st (1:11.60).
400 freestyle relay: The team of Forgey, Spaeth, Wise and Henning took fourth with a time of 3:19.35.