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Boys Swimming: Wingers 10th at True Team

With nine top 10 finishes, the Red Wing boys swimming and diving team finished in 10th place with 1,442 points in the 13-team Class 1A True Team state championship Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

"The boys swam pretty well today and stayed close to their personal bests," said Wingers head coach Kevin O'Brien. "The main goal for our top swimmers at this meet was to get used to the bulk head at the U of M pool, which can be tricky if not seen frequently."

St. Thomas Academy won the true team title with a score of 2,520.5. Sartell (2098), Breck/Blake (1,800.5) Melrose/Sauk Centre (1,604) and Alexandria (1,581) rounded out the top five.

Red Wing junior Tanner Alms took home a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 55.15 seconds, which was 2.22 seconds faster than the second-place swimmer, Kris Aaseng of Alexandria. Ethan Myers also racked up a top 10 finish in the 500 freestyle, taking ninth at 5:13.50.

Alms also took home a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.03. Adam Sienczak finished ninth in the 200 freestyle at 1:53.64, and had a 10th-place finish in the 100 freestyle at 50.55.

Hunter Connelly had a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke (56.94), and Chris Byrne gave the Wingers a boost in the 1-meter dive with a sixth-place score of 294.00.

The 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams also took home top 10 finishes for Red Wing. The 200 medley relay foursome of Hunter Connelly, Dan O'Keefe, Byrne and Alms finished eighth at 1:48.17, and the 400 freestyle relay of Sienczak, Josh Berg, Myers and Alms took fifth at 3:30.05.

On Thursday, the Wingers will hold their final dual meet of the season in a Missota Conference matchup with Northfield at Twin Bluff Middle School.