The Hastings Raiders boys' swimming and diving team competed at the Section 1AA meet in Rochester Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, and saw their regular season come to an end. While the Raiders won't have anyone advancing to the state meet next week, head coach Gerry Rupp said he could not have asked for more from his team.
"We had a lot of good swims yesterday, there were only a couple kids who did not have lifetime-best swims. At the end of the day, if you do your lifetime best, that's all you can do," he said. "That's all you can ask for as a coach from these kids and that's what they did. It was a good learning experience for them and you just get stronger next year and keep working hard."
The section meet was threatened by the snow that came mid-week, so the swimming prelims were moved from Wednesday to Thursday and all diving was done on Thursday instead of over two days. Despite the changes, Rupp said he did not think it was much of a detriment.
"I don't think it's that big of a departure just because the state meet format is that way, where its prelims and then the finals the next day. So I almost kind of like it because it is a preview of what you're gonna see the next week," he said. "Now this year we saw that and maybe they didn't respond to it, but they're going to learn from it and if it were to happen again, they'd be ready for it and come back the next day and swim a lot better."
200-yard medley relay: The relay team of freshman Philip Jensen, sophomore Liam Shelhamer, sophomore Avery Stoffel and sophomore Joe Everson took sixth with a time of 1 minute, 45.28 seconds after swimming a 2:00.62 in the prelims.
200 freestyle: Everson made the finals with a time of 1:48.75 and finished seventh with a time of 1:49.27. Junior Tyler Sorenson finished 22nd in the prelims with a time of 2:00.45, sophomore Jake McNamara took 26th with a time of 2:16.51 and freshman Ben Witt was 29th in 2:23.63.
200 individual medley: Seventh-grader Caleb Urban took 18th in the prelims with a time of 2:18.24, sophomore Hudson Doty was 21st in 2:21.03, Shelhamer took 22nd (2:22.39) and eighth-grader Adam Duer was 26th with a time of 2:31.08.
50 freestyle: Stoffel made the finals with a time of 22.32 and then took sixth with a 22.79. Freshman John Destross took 22nd with a time of 25.03 and right behind him was junior William Jensen in 23rd (25.17). Junior Isaac Huntington took 30th with a time of 27.70.
One-meter dive: Sophomore Ryan Lester took sixth with a score of 279.45 points.
100 butterfly: Philip Jensen swam a 55.59 in the prelims to make the finals and then finished eighth with a time of 55.89. Stoffel made the consolation finals after swimming a 55.80 in the preliminaries and finished 14th with a time of 57.19. Destross took 20th in the prelims with a time of 1:01.13 and junior Evan Scully finished in 26th in 1:06.77.
100 freestyle: Everson swam a 49.60 in the preliminaries and then finished eighth in the finals with a time of 49.93. In the prelims, Sorenson was 23rd with a time of 55.21, Huntington took 30th (1:07.08) and junior Daniel Brown took 32nd with a time of 1:08.04.
500 freestyle: Seventh-grader Caleb Urban made the consolation finals with a time of 5:24.77 and then took 15th with a 5:24.98. In the prelims, McNamara took 24th with a time of 6:02.61 and Duer was right behind him in 25th (6:06.55).
200 freestyle relay: The team of Shelhamer, freshman John Destross, sophomore Hudson Doty and Urban swam a time of 1:54.22 in the prelims and took seventh in the finals with a time of 1:42.45.
100 backstroke: Philip Jensen made the finals with a time of 57.41 and then took seventh with a time of 57.05. Doty took 23rd in the prelims with a time of 1:09.32, Scully was 24th in 1:09.33 and Brown finished 31st (1:23.69).
100 breaststroke: William Jensen took 19th in the prelims with a time of 1:07.58, Shelhamer finished 21st in 1:07.65 and Witt was 26th (1:21.81).
400 freestyle relay: The team of Everson, Philip Jensen, junior William Jensen and Stoffel swam the prelims with a time of 3:59.21 and took sixth in the finals with a 3:29.33.