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Minnetonka repeats as Class 2A boys' swimming champion

By HEATHER RULE, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/03/18, 10:36PM CST


The Skippers celebrated their first back-to-back state titles since 1996 and 1997.

From left, Minnetonka’s Erik Gessner, Michael Shelstad, Isaac Alberts and John Shelstad celebrated their first-place win in the Class 2A 200 yard freestyle relay Saturday at the University of Minnesota. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune)

Just like last year, Minnetonka boys’ swimming and diving coach Dan Berve found himself in the pool at the end of the state meet — in his shirt and tie.

The Skippers celebrated their first back-to-back state titles since 1996 and 1997. They won with 217.5 points, ahead of Shakopee (181) and Chanhassen (175) at the Class 2A boys’ state swimming and diving finals Saturday at Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota.

“Very different than last year,” Berve said.

“We had a lot of first-timers this year. We had a lot of firsts in the meet last year … and we needed a lot of younger guys to step up, and they did.”

Sophomore John Wargin took fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Sophomore Isaac Alberts swam on all three relay teams. Minnetonka took second in the 200 medley and 400-free relays, while winning the 200-free relay.

Senior John Shelstad won the 200 IM (1 minute, 48.92 seconds) and senior Erik Gessner won the 100 butterfly (48.75).

Chanhassen’s Dahlgren sets pair of state records

Chanhassen senior Jack Dahlgren set two state records, first recording the fastest time in the 200 free with a 1:35.39. He knew it would be a tough one after winning the 200-medley relay the event before.

“I just gunned it out,” said Dahlgren.

Then he set the record in the 100 backstroke, a record he and North St. Paul swimmer Mitchell Whyte have traded.

Whyte set the record (48.10) in the prelims. Whyte knew if he wanted to win, he had to hit the 47-second mark.

Whyte hit 47.84, but Dahlgren won with 47.52.

“Then I did go a 47; he just went a faster one,” Whyte said.

Trepanier gets gold in 50

Lakeville North junior Andrew Trepanier finished as a runner-up in the 50 freestyle at state last year, but this time he touched first, in 20.46 seconds. He also won the 100 free, in 44.52.

With such a short race in the 50, a lot of it just comes back to the mental game, Trepanier said.

“After losing the past two years, my main goal was to win, which I did,” Trepanier said.

“In the 50, it comes down to how you prepare yourself before the race. I think I did a better job at that this year.”

Diving champion wins crown by 1.15 points

Prior Lake senior P.J. Lenz won the diving title with 467.05 points, beating runner-up Andy Pfau of Bloomington Jefferson, who scored 465.90 points.

St. Louis Park freshman Hayden Zheng won the 100 breaststroke (56.43) and finished third in the 200 IM (1:50.82).

Gallery: Class 2A boys' swimming and diving meet

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