It was a battle for the trophies between a talented Sartell Sabre swim/dive team and perennial private school powerhouses Breck Blake, St. Thomas Academy, and a blazing fast record setting team from Winona this weekend in the state swimming and diving meet at the U of M. The Sabres came in the underdog to that group by a few points on paper. But, paper is only paper and seed times are only seed times. The Sabre tankers had an exceptional weekend and rose to the occasion to earn the third place trophy by the time the dust settled on Saturday afternoon.
Here is how the action went down!
200 Med. Relay – The team of (B. Bjork, Zhang, Garman, and G. Larson) were faster than ever placing 5th overall earning all state honors. The effort helped jump start the Sabre point total and put distance between Sartell and Winona. Way to go big blue!
200 Free – The second event in was the biggest individual scoring event for the Sabre blue wave. Captain Super Cooper Larson stepped up on championship day and moved up to swim a life best 1:44.36 and the second fastest swim ever in Sartell history to earn 4th and all state honors. Junior stand out Carter Larson swam a 1:45.47 in the prelims to vault himself into the medals scoring big points for the blue squad. His seventh place finish was fantastic and earned him all state honors. Jack Thomas was a hero that came to the finals to race moving himself from 12th to a consultation finals win. His life best effort was major in the effort for a trophy on the second day.
200 IM – Young superstar Lil’ “G” George Larson had a nice effort in the prelims, but was caught one handed at the wall in the breaststroke leg and will need to wait until next year to experience an individual final.
50 Free – Big “G” Garrett Maras was on the move championship day in the short sprint. He placed 4th overall moving up from the prelims earning all state honors. ‘Atta Boy!!
The Diving – 9th grader David Binsfeld may get the award for the pleasant surprise of the meet. His goal was to just make it to state. Check. Then his goal was to make the first cut. Check. Then his goal was to make the final. Check. Then he handled the pressure and performed like a champ in the finals moving from 11th to 8th earning a medal, big points, a life best score of 330.25 points, and all state status in the diving.
100 Free – The big blue wave was on the move and swimming fast! The 100 free was the last turning point in the meet that put a trophy closer to the Sabres. Senior Captain Super Cooper Larson and Junior Big “G” Garrett Maras both had life best swims moving up to to 3rd and 4th place in the record setting speedy event. Their efforts scored huge points and put a trophy within reach.
500 Free – Relentless Carter Larson was sitting just off the school record after a superior effort in the prelims finding the 40’s in the distance race. He was just as impressive in the finals placing 5th overall earning another all state honor. The workman Jack Thomas was equally awesome in the prelims swimming a life best 4:53.99. He was just out of the medals placing 9th after the first day. But, he came back on day two and tore it up keeping his ninth place and winning the consolation heat once again in the 500. George Larson competed in the 500 during the prelims and set a middle school record of 5:03.17. He finished just out of the finals placing 18th overall. Great season George!
200 Free Relay – The short relay set a school record. The Sabre speedsters (S.C. Larson, J. Thomas, B. Bjork and Big G. Maras) bested the school record with a 1:26.89 which earned them all state status and a 3rd place finish in the relay. Fantastic work boys!
100 Backstroke – Brannon Bjork placed 16th overall adding to the point total after coming out of the record setting relay.
100 Breaststroke – David Zhang helped cement in the trophy with a life best swim in the breaststroke 1:01.09. He was seeded 11th after day one and dropped a half second to move up a spot into 10th. You had an amazing season David!
400 Free Relay – It all came down to the last relay. Winona had a first place record setting group on the blocks. Sartell had plenty of horsepower, but were seeded 4th after the prelims. The big blue needed to get better than sixth in a race that was seeded within tenths of a second 2nd through 8th. The powerhouse showed up big as the relay of ( S.C. Larson, J. Thomas, C. Larson, and G. Maras) tied a school record placing second overall schooling the field. It was the culmination of a very exciting day!
Congratulations Sabres! It has been 18 years since the boys took home a trophy after several 4th and 5th place efforts. Enjoy the inner satisfaction that you have reached your goals and done what you are capable of doing.