Austin boys swimming and diving team advances 6 swimmers to state in 7 events

Published 7:58 am Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Austin boys swimming and diving team had state qualifiers in seven of the 12 events at the Section 1A meet in Inver Grove Heights Friday.

A total of six Packers will swim in the state meet as Austin advanced in all three relays.

Moving on to state are the 200-yard medley relay team of Kaleb Blaser, Zach Newman, Ben Walker and Mitch Mayer, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Seth Clasen, Walker, Mayer and Isaac Christopherson, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Walker, Clasen, Mayer and Christopherson.

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Individually, Christopherson advanced to state in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles, Clasen advanced in the 50-yard freestyle, and Walker, Clasen and Mayer advanced in the 100-yard butterfly.

The Class A state swimming preliminaries will be held in the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis noon Friday and the finals will be held in the Aquatic Center noon Saturday.


200-medley relay: Kaleb Blaser, Zach Newman, Ben Walker, Mitchell Mayer (first, 1:43.46)

200-freestyle: Isaac Christopherson (third, 1:46.94); Ethan Thompson (16th, 1:57.65)

200-individual medley: Rafe Dolan-Peterson (12th, 2:16.35)

50-freestyle: Seth Clasen (sixth, 22.74)

Diving: Riley Norton (ninth, 313.50)

100-butterfly: Ben Walker (second, 52.34); Seth Clasen (third, 53.15); Mitchell Mayer (sixth, 54.88)

100-freestyle: Isaac Christopherson (third, 48.50)

500-freestyle: Ethan Thompson (eighth, 5:12.45)

200-freestyle relay: Seth Clasen, Ben Walker, Mitchell Mayer, Isaac Christopherson (second, 1:29.24)

100-backstroke: Kaleb Blaser (14th, 1:03.78)

100-breaststroke: Zach Newman (10th, 1:05.50)

400-freestyle relay: Ben Walker, Seth Clasen, Mitchell Mayer, Isaac Christopherson (second, 3:18.16)