Record breaking relay off to state for boys swimmers
A trio of Champlin Park boys swimming and diving records fell in the Section 7AA finals Feb. 23, and fittingly, two resulted in a state meet appearance later this week.
Junior Ben McBroom teamed with seniors Todd Croaston, Reid Schuerman and Colin Hortman to set a new school record in the 200-yard medley relay by swimming the team to a runner-up finish in the section in 1 minute, 42.96 seconds to qualify the foursome for the Class AA state meet.
Hortman then went out and set another mark, this time in the 100 backstroke, as he finished in 57.09 seconds to place second in his event and earn another state qualifying spot.
All four swimmers will take place in the preliminary portion of the Class AA boys state swimming and diving meet that begins at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Should they advance, they would return to the Aquatic Center at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2 for the Class AA state finals.
Hortman nearly made it in three events, as he also placed third in the 200 individual medley in the section. Each of the top-two finishers advanced.
Croaston also had a third place finish in the 100 butterfly. Senior Josh Anderson also placed ninth in that same event.
McBroom, senior Josh Anderson and sophomore Casey Carlson placed fourth, seventh and 10th respectively in the 50 freestyle. McBroom (seventh place) and Carlson (10th) also swam in the 100 freestyle.
Ninth-grader Christian Magalis placed eighth and ninth-grader John Hartland was 12th in the 500 freestyle, junior Ryan Rodeback was fifth in the diving competition and 14th in the 100 backstroke, and Schuerman was ninth in the 100 breaststroke.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Anderson, Carlson, Hortman and Magalis placed fifth in a school record time of 3:26.22, and Anderson, Carlson, Rodeback and McBroom swam the 200 freestyle relay team to a fourth place finish.
As a team, Champlin Park ended up fifth in the section.
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