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Raider boys' swimming and diving beats South St. Paul

The Hastings Raiders boys' swimming and diving team blew the South St. Paul Packers out of the pool Thursday night at Hastings Middle School. Despite it being their first competition in over two weeks due to the holiday break, the Raiders still won eight of the first 10 events before swimming the last two as exhibitions. Despite conceding the last two events, Hastings still outscored the Packers 92-78 in just their second home meet of the season.

Head coach Gerry Rupp said that his team achieved a lot of personal-best times in the meet, which he accredited to the dry-land training they have been doing. Sophomore Jake McNamara was named the swimmer of the meet and eighth-grader Jager Brabec the diver of the meet. The Raiders are next in action Tuesday, Jan. 8, at home against Farmington. Below are the results for Hastings by event:

200-yard medley relay: The team of sophomores Avery Stoffel and Liam Shelhamer, seventh-grader Caleb Urban and eighth-grader Adam Duer took second with a time of 1 minute, 59.52 seconds, and the team of sophomores Joe Everson, Hudson Doty and Ryan Lester as well as junior William Jensen took third in two minutes flat.

200 freestyle: Freshman Philip Jensen won with a time of 2:03.39, fellow freshman John Destross was runner-up in 2:09.59 and junior Evan Scully took fifth (2:18.43).

200 individual medley: Everson won with a time of 2:12.81, Doty took third in 2:25.60 and Duer finished fifth (2:40.75).

50 freestyle: Stoffel won with a time of 24.16, William Jensen finished fourth in 27.37 and right behind him was McNamara in fifth (28.11).

One-meter diving: Raider divers Lester and Brabec competed against themselves. Lester took first with 170.55 points while Brabec was second with 85.65 points.

100 butterfly: Philip Jensen won with a time of 59.10, Urban took fourth in 1:07.41 and Doty was fifth in 1:08.83.

100 freestyle: Stoffel won with a time of 53.49, Destross finished fourth with a time of 57.73 and freshman Ben Witt finished fifth (1:06.04).

500 freestyle: Junior Tyler Sorenson won with a time of 5:54.88, in second was McNamara with a time of 6:15.58 and Shelhamer finished third in 6:29.61.

200 freestyle relay: The team of William and Philip Jensen, Sorenson and Destross took second with a time of 1:43.39 and Shelhamer, Witt, McNamara and Lester were fourth in 2:03.78.

100 backstroke: Everson won with a time of 1:04.47, Urban took third in 1:14.66 and seventh-grader Garrett Watterson was fourth (1:24.74).

Hastings conceded the 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay, but had they not they would have taken first, third and fifth in the breastroke and swept the top three spots in the relay.

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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