Packer boys qualify seven for state swimming and diving meet

Published 4:58 pm Sunday, February 26, 2023

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The Austin boys swimming and diving team qualified seven athletes in 11 separate events for the state meet at the Section 1A meet in Rochester Saturday.

Senior Winston Walkup won a section title with a first place finish in the 200-yard individual medley and he also took third in the 100-yard backstroke to get to state.

Austin’s other state qualifiers include the 200-yard medley relay team of Riley Ferguson in diving, Brent Dahl, Walkup, Joey Hilkin, Kenny Cabeen, Zach Evenson in the 100-yard and 200-freestyles, Cabeen in the 50-freestyle, Hilkin in the 100-butterfly, Dahl in the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, the 200-freestyle relay team of Evenson, Hilkin, Myers and Cabeen, and the 400-yard freestyle team of Evenson, Dahl, Walkup and Myers.

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Team standings: 1. Northfield 393; 2. Mankato East 354; 3. Austin 319; 4. Simley 237; 5. Winona 215; 6. New Prague 207; 7. Mankato West 198; 8. Red wing 110; 9. Faribault 94; 10. Albert lea 46

200-medley relay: Brent Dahl, Winston Walkup, Joey Hilkin, Kenny Cabeen (third, 1:38.84)

200-freestyle: Zach Evenson (fourth, 1:48.39)

200-individual medley: Winston Walkup (first, 2:01.70); Lucas Myers (fourth, 2:06.81)

50-freestyle: Kenny Cabeen (fourth, 22.35); Carter Holt (ninth, 23.61)

Diving: Riley Ferguson (fourth, 316.70); Gage Rasmussen (14th, 217.05)

100-butterfly: Joey Hilkin (fourth, 55.23)

100-butterfly: Joey Hilkin (fourth, 55.23)

100-freestyle: Kenny Cabeen (third, 49.33); Zach Evenson(fifth, 49.83)

500-freestyle: Brent Dahl (third, 4:52.55); Hunter Peters (11th, 5:26.49)

200-freestyle relay: Zach Evenson, Joey Hilkin, Lucas Myers, Kenny Cabeen (second, 1:30.31)

100-backstroke: Winston Walkup (fourth, 54.58); Brent Dahl (fifth, 55.38)

100-breaststroke: Carter Holt (fifth, 1:04.57); Joey Hilkin (11th, 1:07.21)

400-freestyle relay: Zach Evenson, Brent Dahl, Winston Walkup, Lucas Myers (fourth, 3:22.45)