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Hastings swimmers place third at invite in South St. Paul

One of the most experienced swimming teams in the Suburban East Conference is Mounds View.

One of the least experienced swimming teams in the Suburban East Conference is Hastings.

So, judging from just those two statements, it would probably be pretty easy to predict who came out on top of last week's meet between the two schools. If you predicted Mounds View to win, you'd be right.

The Mustangs won, 99-66.

"They are one of the top five teams in the state," coach Gerry Rupp said. "They're pretty heavy with upperclassmen. They were a good team."

Despite the loss, Rupp had all kinds of evidence to back up the belief that his team swam well.

"We had 74 percent best-times across the board for our swimmers," he said. "That is mission accomplished for what we're trying to do this year. We're just trying to improve. We want to be competitive at the section level with a bunch of very young kids."

Hastings has just one senior on the roster, captain Tony Ring.

Ring had a great meet for the Raiders, earning Swimmer of the Meet honors for Hastings.

"He's gotten bigger, stronger and he's working his tail off," Rupp said. "He's also a tremendous leader. He's the kind of captain any coach would want."

There are no juniors on the team and just three sophomores. The rest of the swimmers range in grade levels from seven to nine.

Results from the meet went like this:

200 medley relay -- team of John Utecht, Hunter Sassor, Elijah Reilly and Tony Ring, third, 1:54.53; team of Michael Everson, Matt Cater, Gergen and Montano, 2:40.00.

200 freestyle -- Hayden Schmitt, second, 2:01.40; Reilly, fifth, 2:10.84; Utecht, 2:23.46.

200 individual medley -- Thomas Everson, second, 2:07.06; Brandon Underwood, third, 2:16.90; Michael Everson, fifth, 2:40.01.

50 freestyle -- Ring, third, 24.76; Sassor, fifth, 26.31; Kenneth Benson, 28.36.

100 butterfly -- Underwood, third, 1:01.18; Sassor, fifth, 1:06.41; Jack VanZee, 1:16.02.

100 freestyle -- Schmitt, third, 53.25; Ring, fifth 55.66; Utecht, 57.60.

500 freestyle -- Smith, second, 5:06.46; Benson, fifth, 6:05.68; VanZee, 6:09.97.

200 freestyle relay -- team of Ring, Sassor, Utecht and Reilly, second, 1:44.26; team of Everson, Schmitt, VanZee and Benson, 1:58.70.

100 backstroke -- Thomas Everson, second, 59.36; Michael Everson, fifth, 1:13.84; Cole Tipler, 1:14.20.

100 breaststroke -- Smith, first, 1:05.83; Reilly, second, 1:19.32; Cater, third, 1:29.91.

400 freestyle relay -- team of Underwood, Everson, Schmitt and Smith, first, 3:31.80; team of Benson, Schmitt, VanZee and Tipler, second, 4:24.72.


Hastings placed third a tournament over the weekend at South St. Paul.

Swimmers had personal best times 46 percent of the time in South St. Paul.

Cambridge-Isanti won the meet with 414 points.

Farmington was second with 357 and Hastings was third with 319.

"It was nice for the boys to finish off a hard week of training and get a little hardware," Rupp said.

Smith, Everson and Schmitt each won individiual events.

Smith had a lifetime best and state qualifying time in the 100 butterfly of 54.05.

Everson won the individual medley by five seconds, finishing in 2:06.73.

Schmitt came back with an upset win in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 52.41, just three hundredths of a second ahead of the second-place swimmer.

The 400 freestyle relay team won, too, with a time of 3:27.02. The team was made up of Everson, Schmitt, Smith and Underwood.