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Hastings senior Philip Jensen qualified for the Class AA state swimming and diving meet in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke last week during the Section 3AA meet. Alec Hamilton / Hastings Star Gazette

Hastings senior Philip Jensen and freshman Charlie Jensen both qualified for the MSHSL Class AA state swimming and diving meet last week at the Section 3AA meet in Apple Valley. 

Philip was the section champion in the 100-yard backstroke and took fifth in the 100 butterfly but moved on thanks to the standard qualifying time. Charlie took fourth in the one-meter dive to advance.

Philip dominated the 100 backstroke finals, finishing over six seconds ahead of the runner-up. He swam a time of 51.91 seconds after putting up a mark of 54.72 in the preliminaries, which was the second-best time. In the 100 butterfly, he swam a 51.81 which eclipsed the standard qualifying time by almost a second at 52.76. 

Charlie compiled 259.65 points in diving, edging out Stone Larson of Egan who had 250.45. The section champion was Lucas Gerten of Rosemount with 466.75.

As a team, Hastings took fifth out of eight teams with 208 team points, one point ahead of Eastview and 52 behind Park of Cottage Grove. 

The Class AA state swimming and diving meet is March 3-5 at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota’s campus. The diving preliminaries are Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. with the finals on Saturday, March 5, alongside the swimming finals. Swimming preliminaries are Friday, March 4, also at 6 p.m.

Top-8 finishers

The Raiders had eight entries finish in the top eight of their events. 

The 200 medley relay team consisting of Philip Jensen, Caleb Urban, Adam Duer and John Destross finished third with a time of 1:39.59.

Philip Jensen took fifth in the 100 butterfly in 51.81 and Duer was right behind him in sixth with a time of 54.94. 

Destross placed eighth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.52 while Urban took third in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 4:50.97, just over five seconds off of the standard qualifying time.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Thomas Foss, Tristan Herbst, Taylor Schmaltz and Oliver Gergen took seven (1;38.47).

Philip Jensen won the 100 backstroke in 51.91 and Urban finished third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.07, less than two seconds away from state.

Finally, the 400 freestyle relay team of Philip Jensen, Destross, Duer and Urban finished fifth in 3:26.27.

Other finals placements

Herbst took 16th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.35, Destross finished 12th in the 50 freestyle in 23.44 and Herbst placed 10th in the 500 freestyle (5:05.27). Duer took 11th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.30.

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