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Swimming and Diving: Raider boys split first two duals of the season

The Hastings boys' swimming and diving team started its dual season this past week with a 101-80 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and then a 90-88 win over Henry Sibley Thursday, Dec. 13.

The Raiders hosted Tartan on Tuesday, but do not compete again until Jan. 3 when they host South St. Paul.

The Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders won 10 out of 12 events against Hastings, though they swam the 400-yard freestyle relay as an exhibition so Hastings received the points in that event. Hastings took first in two events—the 200 individual medley and one-meter dive—with freshman Philip Jensen taking first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 12.92 seconds and sophomore Ryan Lester taking the diving with a score of 179.50 points.

Second-place finishers were the 200 medley relay team of Philip Jensen, sophomores Liam Shelhamer and Avery Stoffel and junior Tyler Sorenson with a time of 1:50.59; sophomore Joe Everson in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.88 and junior Dylan Shemon in the one-meter dive with a score of 145.80. Philip Jensen was also the runner-up in the 100 butterfly in 59.02, Everson was second in the 100 freestyle (52.70), Stoffel finished second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:20.82 and in the 100 backstroke (1:01.55). Shelhamer was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.22 and

Finishing third were seventh-grader Caleb Urban in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:23.84, junior Carter Johnson with a score of 109.35 in the one-meter dive and the 200 freestyle relay team of Everson, Shemon, Sorenson and Philip Jensen in 1:40.46. Urban also took second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:13.55 and the 400 freestyle relay team of Everson, Urban, Stoffel and junior Evan Scully would have taken third with a time of 3:51.20 if Cretin-Derham Hall had not raced the event as an exhibition.

Henry Sibley

Hastings bounced back against Henry Sibley as they won seven of the first nine events on the way to a 90-88 win. The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Hudson Doty, Philip Jensen, Everson and Stoffel won with a time of 1:56.73, Urban won the 200 freestyle in 2:06.66 and the 100 freestyle in 58.93, Everson took first in the 50 freestyle (24.35) and Lester edged out teammate Shemon by less than two points in the one-meter dive with a score of 179.15. Stoffel won the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.48 and Jensen took the 500 freestyle in 5:36.24.

Runners-up were Sorenson in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:26.19, Philip Jensen in the 50 freestyle (25.75) and Shemon in diving with a score of 177.20. Freshman John Destross took second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 59.79, Sorenson was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:59.53 and the 200 freestyle relay team of Shelhamer, Scully, junior Danny Brown and freshman Ben Witt with a time of 1:58.53.

In third place were the 200 medley relay team of Scully, Witt, Sorenson and eighth-grader Jager Barbee with a time of 2:19.31; Doty in the 200 freestyle in 2:15.84, Destross in the 200 individual medley (2:33.60) and Witt in the 500 freestyle with a time of 7:05.62. Finally, there was the 200 freestyle relay team of Urban, junior Isaac Huntington, sophomore Jake McNamara and freshman Obbe Haveman with a time of 2:01.02.

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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