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Ten top Minnesota boys’ swimmers to watch as season gets underway

By RON HAGGSTROM, Star Tribune , 01/12/21, 5:00PM CST


Meets can be held starting Thursday, with swimmers among those not required to wear masks while competing.

Hayden Zheng of St. Louis Park, competing in the 2020 Class 2A state meet, is among the top swimmers to watch in this abbreviated 2021 season. Star Tribune file photo by Andy Kosier

With limited fans and athletes in most sports wearing masks during competition, Minnesota high school winter sports resume with games and meets starting Thursday. Seasons will be condensed, with fewer games, owing to the pandemic, but there’s still hope of state tournaments.

Top 10 swimmers to watch

(includes Class 2A state meet results from 2020, unless noted)

Evan Bock, Chaska/Chanhassen, senior: First in 100 butterfly, second in 50 freestyle. College: Wisconsin.

Charlie Crosby, Breck/Blake, junior: First in 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke in Class 1A. College: Texas.

Alex Deng, Eden Prairie, senior: Second in 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke. College: Yale.

Keegan Duffy, Edina, senior: Returning from a back injury. College: Undecided.

Nick Kale, Wayzata, senior: Fourth in 100 breaststroke. College: Purdue.

Tommy McCarthy, Edina, senior: Eighth in 100 butterfly. College: Minnesota.

James Pan, Breck/Blake, junior: Second in 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley in Class 1A. College: Undecided.

Noah Rabb, Andover, junior: Third in 100 backstroke. College: Undecided.

Matthew Walker, Edina, junior: Fifth in 200 freestyle. College: Undecided.

Hayden Zheng, St. Louis Park, senior: First in 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley. College: Stanford.


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