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Austin swimmer earns spot in championship finals in two events at Class 1A state meet

Mar. 1—MINNEAPOLIS — Austin sophomore Brent Dahl advanced to the championship finals in two individual events during the preliminary round of the Class 1A boys state swimming competition on Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Dahl was sitting in third place in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:56.49. He was in sixth place in the 500 freestyle as he posted a time of 4:47.48 in the prelims.

The Class 1A swimming and diving championship finals will be held at noon on Saturday at the Aquatic Center. Swimmers who finished 1-8 during the preliminary round are in the championship finals and those who finished 9-16 will swim in the consolation finals.

Red Wing's Ethan Ihrke was the only other area swimmer to land a spot in the championship finals. The junior had placed third in the section meet, but he was one of three swimmers from Section 1-1A to earn a spot in the finals of the 100 butterfly. Ihrke posted a time of 53.80 to post the No. 7 time heading into the finals.

Austin had a pair of relays reach the consolation finals. The Packers' 200 medley relay team of Dahl, Hunter Peters, Lucas Myers and Zach Evenson was in 12th place with a time of 1:41.84.

Austin's 400 freestyle relay quartet of Evenson, Myers, Peters and Dahl finished 13th with a time of 3:22.47.

Evenson, a senior, came up short in his bid to advance to Saturday's championship round in two individual events. He finished in 20th place in the 100 freestyle in 50.41 and placed 26th in the 50 freestyle in 22.52.

Winona freshman Cordel Ruppert earned the final spot in the consolation finals in the 500 freestyle as he placed 16th with a time of 5:09.20. He just missed earning a spot in the 200 freestyle consolation finals. He was one spot off the pace and finished in 17th with a time of 1:52.44.

Red Wing's 200 freestyle relay team of Ezra Dennis, Gavin Magill, Elijah Flattum and Ihrke was disqualified and didn't earn a finish at state.

Winona freshman Matthew Baumgartner placed 18th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.97.