The Winhawk swim and dive team had a good Big 9 meet and took fourth overall among a strong contingent of teams!
The Big 9 conference meet is a tough meet because of the timing. The team is mid taper and are coming down in yardage from all of the hard work earlier in the season. Some guys feel great, others feel like their arms are made of stone. The majority the Winhawks held their seed times and swam pretty well.
Here are the team totals: Rochester Mayo 399, Northfield 374, Rocheater Century 299, Winona 264, Mankato West 191, Austin 174, Rochester John Marshall 172, Red Wing 105, Faribault 93, Owatonna 69, Mankato East 69, and Albert Lea 24.
The team started the meet on the right foot and right at our seed time in the medley. That medley relay took eighth in 1:50.93, the team of Tanner Lozenski, Nick Brand, Jon Broas, and Tony Coudron.
Next up were Alex Jorgenson and Tanner Lozenski who went toe to toe with the best in the conference in the 200 free. Lozenski is such an incredible athlete with an unrivaled determination and he took seventh at 1:50.77. Remember that this is the guy who crushed four vertebrae and has two six-inch rods in his back! Jorgenson swam against the strongest 200 guy in the section, Grafton Parlette, and took second with his 1:47.63. Grafton went 1:45.11.
Julius Hanson and Jon Broas had some strong swims in the 200 individual medley, placing 15th and 14th respectively, with their 2:17.56 and 2:17.77. Grant Wolner was in the final heat and raced against Aidan Shue and Grant Reeves. A great battle that Grant Reeves won in 1:54.18, Shue took second in 1:56.76, and Wolner took third in 1:57.65.
In the 50 free,Tony dashed his way to 14th with his 23.70. Jack Herczeg had been undefeated in this event all season, but got touched out at the finish by Northfield’s Andrew Becker, 21.45 to 21.48.
Devon Dulek fell gracefully into fifth place in diving while Aidan Mohan took 15th. Devon scored 291.25 and Aidan had 212.60.
Wolner continued to best his school record in the 100 butterfly, this time dropping to 51.92 as he took third in the event.
The 100 free had two Winhawks place in the top eight! Tony Coudron snuck in at eighth with his 51.39, and Jack Herczeg got revenge on Becker from that 50, winning the 100 free in a new meet record time of 46.58!
Alex and Tanner both had great 500s, taking fifth and seventh, respectively, on a very deep event. Alex went 5:00.57 and Tanner went 5:02.23.
Defending the championship from last year in the 200 freestyle relay, Grant Wolner, Tony Coudron, Jack Herczeg, and Alex Jorgenson won the event in 1:28.69!
In the 100 backstroke, the Winhawks shined, placing 15th, 16th, and 17th. Brayden Coudron took 15th in 1:03.79, Ethan Evenson took 16th in 1:03.86, and Gavin Nelson took 17th in 1:04.55!
The team did not have any individuals scoring in the 100 breaststroke, but they were close. Nick Brand and Jorge Olvera took 24th and 22nd, respectively.
In the last event, the 4x100 free relay, Grant Wolner led off a strong first leg, Tanner followed that up with a new season best 100 in second position, Alex rocked the third spot and swam a new personal best, and those three positioned Jack to have a come from behind race against Mayo and Century. Jack raced the first 50 and caught Century. Making his way to the 75, Jack crept closer to Mayo. And as Jack hit the turn at the 75, Jack was at his shoulders. Teammates were glad Jack did not trim his fingernails that night as he touched first, winning 3:13.46 to 3:13.48!! That relay set a Big 9 meet record in process!