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Boys Swimming: Connelly sets new school mark in Wingers’ victory

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Boys Swimming: Connelly sets new school mark in Wingers’ victory
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In its first dual meet of the season, Red Wing raced past Faribault 98-82 in non-conference swimming and diving action Friday.

Punctuating the Wingers’ return to the pool was Hunter Connelly, who broke the school record in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 53.53 seconds, 0.11 seconds faster than the old mark.

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While several personal bests were set in the Falcons’ pool, two Red Wing swimmers saw improvement in the same race. Chris Byrne (59.72) and Nolan Schmidt (59.83) both broke the one-minute barrier in the 100 butterfly. Ben Schaffer was also noted by Red Wing head coach Kevin O’Brien as Schaffer finished with a time of 1:09.08.

Three-time defending state champion Tanner Alms won the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:58.46, nearly 30 seconds ahead of second place.

It may have taken a while to get to their first head-to-head competition, and it was the first time Red Wing was in a meet since Dec. 5, but the Wingers are ready for a busy upcoming schedule.

“This was our first dual meet of the season, and the boys were very excited to race,” O’Brien said. “The boys put up some great times with lots of (personal records). The boys are looking forward to the five meets coming in the next two weeks.”

That stretch of swimming will begin Tuesday when Rochester Mayo comes to Twin Bluff Middle School for a 6 p.m. meet. The Wingers will host Farmington on Thursday before capping off the week with the Winger Invitational Saturday. Along with Red Wing, Austin, Mankato West and Bloomington Kennedy are slated to be in the field next Saturday.

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