HAST swimmers compete in two state meets
By Brenda Green, contributor
The Hastings Area Swim Team (HAST) finished out the Fall/Winter Short Course season swimming at the Minnesota Senior State Championships, March 15-18, and at the Minnesota Age Group State Championships March 22-25.
Hastings Area Swim Team swimmers, 15 years of age and above, attended the Minnesota Senior State Championships at the Eden Prairie Community Center. Those who placed in the top 24 in individual events at the Senior State Meet scored team points and relays scored twice as many points as individual events.
The HAST team finished 18th with 172 points. Nine HAST swimmers competed at this event.
Jackson Gergen set new HAST team records in the 17-18 boys and senior men 50 breaststroke with a time of 28.20 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.51.
Blake Harre set a new "A" time in the 200 breaststroke and Sam Rhode set a new "BB" time in the 100 backstroke.
The nine swimmers who competed were Gergen, Harre, Rhode, Joe Everson, Natasha Girgen, Kiya Riley, Zach Bria, Sydney Fleming and Katie Gjelhaug. Hastings Area Swim Team swimmers 14 years of age and under competed in the Minnesota Age Group State Championships at the Rochester Recreation Center Natatorium.
The HAST team finished 15th overall with 547 points. Twenty HAST swimmers competed at Age Group State. Four HAST swimmers and two relays set new HAST team records.
Lauren Jenkins swam the 400 individual medley in 4:55.63 in the 11-12 girls division.
Dylan Purrington competed in the 13-14 boys division and swam the 50 breaststroke in 29.18 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.31.
Ashtyn Stewart swam the 50 butterfly in 27.35 in the 11-12 girls division.
Caleb Urban set records in the 1,000 freestyle (11:11.18), 200 breaststroke (2:36.55), 200 butterfly (2:20.66) and 400 individual medley (4:54.38) while competing in the 11-12 boys division.
Kendal Jenkins, Lauren Jenkins, Purrington, Schwartz, Stewart and Urban all set new "ZONE" times. James Jensen and McNamara set new "CHAMP" times, and Aarness and Urban set new "A" times.