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Raider swimmers beat Mustangs in close meet, 99-87

Hastings swimming coach Gerry Rupp had a lot to be excited about coming into this season. For one thing, his team, thanks to a new pool at the Hastings Middle School, was able to add a diving program again. That meant that Hastings was no longer going to be forced to forfeit those points every night.

In close meets, that was going to make a big difference for the team, he said.

On Thursday night, that diving program proved just how valuable it had become.

Hastings picked up nine key points in a close dual meet against Mounds View. Those points were key as Hastings went on to win, 99-87.

The Raiders are now 2-0 in Suburban East Conference action.

Vova Tipler won the diving competition. He is a seventh-grader.

The swimmer of the meet was Stephen Smith, who turned in a number of his best swims. He is a seventh-grader, too.

Results from the meet went like this:

200 medley relay - team of John Utecht, Cole Tipler, Elijah Reilly and Hayden Schmitt, first, 1:45.14; team of Kenny Benson, Hunter Sassor, Jack Weldon and Cole Scully, third, 1:52.47.

200 freestyle - Thomas Everson, second, 1:47.20; Jack VanZee, third, 1:57.14; Stephen Smith, fifth, 2:00.84.

200 individual medley - Colby Smith, first, 2:03.38; Sassor, fourth, 2:13.85; Utecht, 2:23.51.

50 freestyle - Schmitt, first, 22.86; Tipler, third, 23.81; Reilly, fourth, 24.28.

Diving - Vova Tipler, first, 137.05; Mikey Everson, fourth, 104.90; Benson, fifth, 99.05.

100 butterfly - Reilly, second, 57.40; Schmitt, third, 57.52; Weldon, fourth, 1:00.72.

100 freestyle - Thomas Everson, second, 50.01; Underwood, third, 50.09; Scully, 56.95.

500 freestyle - VanZee, first, 5:09.49; Smith, third, 5:25.22; Tipler, fifth, 5:30.82.

200 freestyle relay - team of Underwood, Colby Smith, Thomas Everson and Schmitt, second, 1:30.74; team of Scully, Sassor, Tipler and VanZee, third, 1:38.70; team of Weldon, Christensen, Carter Williams and Cal Gergen, 1:49.17.

100 backstroke - Underwood, second, 59.03; Utecht, third, 1:00.83; Benson, fourth, 1:02.11.

100 breaststroke - Colby Smith, first, 1:03.99; Sassor, fourth, 1:07.71; Bobby Moore, 1:13.68.

400 freestyle relay - team of Thomas Everson, Reilly, Underwood and Colby Smith, second, 3:28.69; team of Van Zee, Scully, Utecht and Stephen Smith, fourth, 3:47.03; team of Weldon, Benson, Aaron McCullough and Mikey Everson, 4:02.40.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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