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Hastings swims strong in loss to second-ranked STA

Carter Williams took third in the 100 butterfly as the Raiders fell to second-ranked St. Thomas Academy. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Philip Jensen finished fourth in the butterfly when Hastings hosted St. Thomas Academy. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
John Rupp races out front on his way to winning the 100 freestyle. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The Hastings Raiders boys' swimming and diving team hosted the second-ranked St. Thomas Academy Cadets Thursday, Jan. 11, on Parents Night. While the Raiders lost 108-75, head coach Gerry Rupp said he was happy with how his team raced.

"We could not have swam any better against them," he said. "St. Thomas Academy was ranked second in the state in this week's poll, so we did an outstanding job hanging with them. We were missing three personnel, so the rest of the team really stepped up their game."

Rupp said that 91 percent of his team's times were best times for his swimmers. He also highlighted sophomore Evan Scully, freshman Liam Shelhamer and freshman diver Ryan Lester for their performances.

"Co-swimmers of the meet were Liam Shelhamer for dropping 50 seconds in his 500 free time, and Evan Scully for dropping 20 seconds in his 200 free," Rupp said. "The diver of the meet was Ryan Lester for winning his second diving competition in a row."

Rupp added that Hastings currently has six swimmers and two divers on the all-conference list at the moment.


200 medley relay — The team of John Rupp, Jack Gergen, Carter Williams and Avery Stoffel took second with a time of one minute and 43.77 seconds (1:43.77); and the team of Christopher Benson, Philip Jensen, William Jensen and Dylan Anderson took fourth (1:56.66).

200 freestyle — Joe Everson took second with a time of 1:56.16, Tyler Sorenson was fourth (2:04.37) and Hudson Doty took sixth (2:10.17).

200 IM — William Jensen finished second (2:11.91, Philip Jensen took third (2:14.01) and John Destross placed sixth with a time of 2:32.82.

50 freestyle — Gergen won with a time of 22.44, Williams finished fourth (24.92) and Obbe Haveman took sixth in 32.50.

One meter dive — Lester won with a score of 180.10.

100 butterfly — Williams took third (59.10), Philip Jensen finished fourth in 1:00.02 and Destross placed fifth (1:05.65).

100 freestyle — Rupp won the event with a time of 51.36, Stoffel finished fourth in 54.05 and Evan Scully took sixth (1:01.96).

500 freestyle — Everson won with a time of 5:08.62, Sorenson finished fifth (5:43.00) and Shelhamer took sixth (6:34.87).

200 freestyle relay — The team of William Jensen, Williams, Everson and Sorenson finished second (1:40.83) and Scully, Lester, Destross and Ben Witt took fifth in 1:53.62.

100 backstroke- Rupp took second in 54.99, Stoffel finished third in 1:01.71 and Doty placed fifth with a time of 1:10.08.

100 breaststroke — Gergen won with a time of 1:04.40, William Jensen finished fourth in 1:13.75 and Shelhamer took fifth (1:15.33).

400 freestyle relay — The team of Rupp, Stoffel, Everson and Gergen finished second (3:34.36) and Sorenson, Philip Jensen, Doty and Scully took fifth with a time of 3:58.21.

The Raiders next swim on Thursday, Jan. 18, at North St. Paul and then are home on Saturday, Jan. 20, for a section 1AA True Team Meet where they host Farmington, Lakeville North, Lakeville South and Rochester Mayo.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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