Four pool records were overtaken in the meet against Owatonna on Thursday night — not surprising considering what fans have seen from these boys so far. The middle of the swim season is when teams do some of their hardest work, and, yet again, Winona’s swim and dive is downing records!
The night began with a second-place finish in the medley relay. Gavin Nelson, Nick Brand, Tanner Lozenski, and Jack Herczeg finished with a time of 1:51.56.
Ethan Evenson took a close second in the 200 freestyle.
Grant Wolner wanted to take down a three-year-old pool record held by John Becker from Rochester John Marshall. He got up on the blocks, tired from the week, but determined to go after the record. He raced hard and nailed it by a full second, finishing in 1:57.00. Alex Jorgenson took second in the race with 2:10.67.
Herczeg was the second who created a new time to beat, taking down a record from two years ago held by Jacob Long of Mankato East. Lozenski took second in the race, following Herczeg by only 1:88!
Diving went very well for Devon Dulek as he nailed a couple new dives, won with 212.30 points!
Lozenski and Jorgenson gave chase to Owatonna’s number-one swimmer in the 100 butterfly but came up a bit short. Placing second in 59.80 was Lozenski, and in third, Jorgenson at 1:01.13.
A great effort was given by Herczeg to take down a 12-year-old record of 47.53 in the 100 freestyle; unfortunately, he just barely missed, finishing in 47.70. Eighth-grader Julius Hanson picked up third in the event with a time of 58.38.
The 500 freestyle saw Winona’s depth take over with Winhawk placings of first second and third! Brand led the charge in 5:49.48. Colin White came next with his 6:02.56, and Ian Loos finished in third.
Wolner, Herczeg, Jorgenson and Lozenski raced their way to the third pool record breaker of the night in the 200 freestyle relay — a record from 2014 held by Hastings, Minn. The new record will go up as 1:30.28.
Evenson and Nelson added some good backstroke swims to pick up second and third, respectively.
It was Wolner who picked up the final pool record of the night in the 100 breaststroke, crushing the former time; and finally, the 4x100 free relay had the Winhawks taking second, Julius Hanson, Nick Brand, Ethan Evenson, and Jorge Olvera racing to a 3:50.35.