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Packer swimmers force a tie with JM

Austin's Sawyer Myers swims the 200 yard freestyle during a dual with Rochester John Marshall Thursday night. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

The Packers mustered just four first place finishes in 12 events, but they were still able to force a 93-93 tie with Rochester John Marshall in a boys swimming and diving dual in Ellis Middle School Thursday.

Austin forced the tie in the last event when the 400-freestyle relay team of Ian Christopherson, Craig Heimark, Jordan Bentley and Nick Brehmer edged out JM’s top team by just under one second.

Austin's Courtland Healey dives Thursday night during a dual with Rochester John Marshall at Ellis Middle School. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Brehmer fought off a toe cramp in the last 50-yards, but was able to hold on as he had a big lead going into the last leg.

“This is my sixth year swimming and I’ve never tied JM or beat them,” Brehmer said. “They’ve been beating us for years. We have such a young team, but we go two, three and four in half the events and that wins us meets.”

Brehmer had a big night in his individual events as he swam a season’s best time of 50.59 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle and his second best time of the season of 1:52.73 in the 200-yard freestyle.

Brehmer won the 200, but had to settle for second in the 100, as JM’s Ranner Nimke won by one and a half seconds.

“He’s the best in the Big Nine, and I was excited to be able to follow someone like that,” Brehmer said of Nimke.

Heimark had a solid leg in the winning 400-freestyle relay team and he won the 100-yard butterfly with a season’s best time of 1:00.33. Heimark had raced a 1:01 in his previous race.

“It felt really good to get that time. I was hoping to break a minute, and hopefully I can still do that soon,” Heimark said.

Austin’s Alex Laury took first in the 100-yard breaststroke.

AUSTIN RESULTS

200-medley relay: Carson Hackel, Chris Brown, Seth Clasen, Jordan Bentley (second, 1:56.60); Caleb Asay, Alex Laury, Ben Carroll, Jacob Legried (third, 1:58.03)

200-freestyle relay: Nick Brehmer (first, 1:52.73); Craig Heimark (second, 1:57.72); Joe Johnson (fourth, 2:07.78)

200-individual medley: Ben Carroll (third, 2:21.63); Sawyer Myers (fourth, 2:25.43); Chris Brown (sixth, 2:30.88)

50-freestyle: Ian Christopherson (second, 24.51); Carson Hackel (fourth, 25.13); Jordan Bentley (fifth, 25.52)

Austin's Alex Laury swims the breaststroke portion of the 200 yard medley relay during a dual against Rochester John Marshall Thursday night at Ellis Middle School. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Diving: Alec Anderson (second, 213.30); Courtland Healey (second, 123.15)

100-butterfly: Craig Heimark (first, 1:00.33); Ben Carroll (second, 1:02.58); Seth Clasen (fourth, 1:03.39)

100-freestyle: Nick Brehmer (second, 50.59); Ian Christopherson (fourth, 53.89); Jordan Bentley (fifth, 56.44)

500-freestyle: Sawyer Myers (second, 5:38.57); Joe Johnson (third, 5:40.94); Jacob Legried (fourth, 5:54.73)

200-relay: Ian Christopherson, Craig Heimark, Carson Hackel, Nick Brehmer (second, 1:35.04); Chris Brown, Alex Laury, Jacob Legried, Joe Johnson (fourth, 1:45.17); Seth Clasen, Justin Crews, Ben Carroll, Sawyer Myers (fifth, 1:46.79)

100-backstroke: Caleb Asay (second, 1:08.87); Carson Hackel (third, 1:10.02); Sam Clasen (sixth, 1:14.17)

100-breaststroke: Alex Laury (first, 1:09.66); Chris Brown (third, 1:13.69); Tanner Conway (sixth, 1:18.62)

Austin's Alec Anderson dives during a dual against Rochester John Marshall Thursday night at Ellis Middle School. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

400-freestyle relay: Ian Christopherson, Craig Heimark, Jordan Bentley, Nick Brehmer (first, 3:33.72); Sawyer Myers, Joe Johnson, Caleb Asay, Jacob Legried (third, 3:52.05)