Hayden Zheng of St. Louis Park competed in the 100 yard breaststroke. Photo: COURTNEY DEUTZ * firstname.lastname@example.org
Anderson Breazeale’s attention to detail was rewarded on Friday.
The Breck/Blake senior was a part of two Class 1A state records at the boys’ swimming and diving preliminaries at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
Breazeale set a record in the 100-yard backstroke (48.57 seconds) as he goes for his second consecutive title in that event. He also teamed with James Pan, Spencer Pruett and Dylan Brown to set a record of 1:32.43 in 200 medley relay as Breck/Blake got off to a good start in its bid for a third consecutive state title.
“I was focused on the backstroke,” Breazeale said. “It’s been a lot of hard work, but our atmosphere at practice and our coaches really help. Our coaches have stayed after practice to help me. My teammates watch my underwaters and my stroke. It helps everybody be better.”
Breazeale also had the top qualifying time in the 50 freestyle (20.96) and closed out his day by teaming with Brown, Pruett and Luke Hamlin for the top qualifying time in the 400 freestyle relay.
Breazeale didn’t compete in the 50 freestyle at last year’s state meet. He finished second in the 200 individual medley last year.
“[Because of] a hip injury, I can’t breaststroke,” Breazeale said. “and I’m not very good at it so I decided to try out the 50 freestyle.”
Breazeale’s twin brother, Thayer, had the top qualifying time in the 200 freestyle and second-best qualifying time in the 100 butterfly.
“They work hard and push their teammates,” said Breck/Blake co-coach Brian Wright. “We have seven seniors who all work so well together.”