Congratulations to the Sabre powerhouse swimming and diving team for winning the section 5 A title on Saturday in Sartell. The team used fantastic depth and speed to outscore a stellar Alexandria team in the speedy timed final. The diving took place in Alexandria on Thursday producing Sartell’s first state entrant of the meet David Binsfeld, who won the diving with an outstanding 407 + score. The swimming sabres have every event represented in the state meet and look forward to the MSHSL competition next weekend. A special congratulations to Carter Larson for setting 4 meet and pool records today in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, along with George Larson, David Zhang, and Garrett Maras in the 200 free relay (Zhang, G. Larson, C. Larson, Maras) and 400 free relay (G. Larson, Thomas, C. Larson, Maras).
200 Med. Relay – The Sabre Powerhouse came out of the gates with a win in the medley. The team of Espelien, Zhang, Garman, and Thomas were outstanding snagging 40 pts for the big blue.
200 Free – Captain Carter Larson churned to a pool and section record in the 200 freestyle with a blistering 1:42.75 to take the win. 9th grade phenom Jackson Hovda swam fast to place 6th, while Charlie Magnuson was magnificent earning a medal in seventh, and Brice Kadlec dropped some serious time to place 10th.
200 IM – Freshman George Larson took the gold and punched his ticket to the state meet with a life best 2:00 time. Captain Beau Garman was 5th with an outstanding swim while 7th grade star Hayden Lenarz picked up 7th with a life best time. Lance Anderson rounded out the 4 starters with a 12th place finish.
50 Free – A hairy Garrett Maras spiked a life best time in the open 50 placing second at 21.65. Senior standout David Zhang ducted under the state cut and placed third to earn create a one two punch at state in the 50 for the big blue. Carter Trombley was phenomenal grabbing a medal in 7th while Peter Espelien won the console placing 9th. True depth of speed make this team a powerhouse.
The Diving – Sophomore sensation David Binsfeld took home the blue ribbon and will compete at state. Senior Carsyn Peterson placed 7th with a solid score and Daven Nelson placed 10th to add to the Sabre totals.
100 Fly – Jack Thomas glided his way to the state meet placing fourth in the event .01 under the cut. Beau Garman had an outstanding swim placing 7th, while Cam Schreifels placed eighth earning medals for the big blue wave. Rylan Hollenkamp placed 13th with a life best 1:02 time to help the effort.
100 Free – In a super fast heat Garrett Maras slide into second place with a life best time of 46.75. George Larson placed fourth and along with Garrett will give the Sabres a 1 -2 punch in the 100 at the state meet next Saturday at the U of M. Jackson Hovda was speedy rolling into 7th and James Kiewel moved up to score in 15th for the Sabre tankers.
500 Free – Carter Larson decided to break records (Pool, Section, and School) in the 500 placing 1st in the event. Hayden Lenarz and Charlie Magnuson each nabbed medals placing 7th and 8th earning some serious points in the distance event. Brice Kadlec was fantastic with a life best time in the 500 flying into 10th place overall.
200 Free Relay – It was Powerhouse rocket ship took off in the short relay. The team of Zhang Larson Larson and Maras set pool, section, and school records in the event and were close to All American Consideration Honors!
100 backstroke – Jack was back in the sprint 100 taking first place and setting a new pool record. He was followed by Peter Espelien who punched his ticket to state with a third place finish and an outstanding swim. Cameron Schreifels placed 6th with a solid 57 second time creating superior depth in the event . Maxx Jokela was 13th with a life best time adding to the scoring. Way to go Maxx!!
100 Breastoke- Senior star David Zhang and Junior speedster Lance Anderson will give the Sabres double depth in the breastroke with a 2-3 finish in the event. In the deepest event of the afternoon for the Sabre tankers Carter Trombley and Austin Besser each had life best times to place 6th and 8th earning big points and more medals for the big blue.
400 Free Relay – It was lights out in a blistering 400 free relay heat as the Sabres took home the win and a pool, section, and school record time of 3:09.42. Another close to AAC time that should score well at state.
The Powerhouse will be back in action swimming and diving for the title next Thursday and Saturday at the U of M. Look for details on the MSHSL web site.