Andrew Trepanier of Lakeville North, photographed in practice last season, is among the top swimmers to watch. Star Tribune file photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii
INDIVIDUALS TO WATCH (Includes Class 2A state meet results from 2018, unless noted)
Anderson Breazeale, Breck/Blake, senior: First in 100 backstroke, second in 200 individual medley in Class 1A.
Soren Dunn, Eden Prairie, junior: Fourth in 100 and 200 freestyles.
Sean Dwyer, Prior Lake, senior: First in 500, second in 200 freestyles.
Andrew Gray, Edina, senior: Third in 200 and 500 freestyles.
Nick Kale, Wayzata, sophomore: Second in 100 breaststroke.
Andrew Karpenko, Minnehaha Academy, junior: First in 200 IM, second in 100 breaststroke in Class 1A.
Sam Kennedy, Wayzata, senior: Third in 100 backstroke, eighth in 100 freestyle.
Zack Kopp, Elk River, senior: Second in 50 and 100 freestyles.
Andrew Trepanier, Lakeville North, senior: First in 50 and 100 freestyles.
Hayden Zheng, St. Louis Park, sophomore: First in 100 breaststroke, third in 200 IM.
Edina ready to return
Edina hasn’t won the Class 2A state title since winning three consecutive championships from 2008-10. Coach Scott Johnson’s squad welcomes back all but one entrant from its sixth-place group of a year ago. Add Bloomington Jefferson transfer senior Peter Larson to the mix and the Hornets are quickly among the title favorites. Larson, who sat out last season after transferring schools, is headed to the University of Texas. Senior teammate Andrew Gray is Arizona State-bound.
Breck/Blake seniors eye three-peat
Breck/Blake successfully defended its Class 1A state championship by more than 100 points a year ago. It also won the True Team title for the first time. Don’t expect anything to change this season. Defending state champions Anderson Breazeale (100 backstroke) and Spencer Pruett (500 freestyle) headline a strong senior class. “The biggest strengths of this team are the level of depth at each event and the high level of senior leadership,” Breck/Blake coach Brian Wright said.
The two schools have been a cooperative program in past years but split up as individual entities come section and state meet time. That won’t be the case in 2018-19. “Our program is a cooperative program from the start to the end of the year,” Chaska/Chanhassen coach Megan Hawker said. “It will be exciting to see what this change brings.” Chanhassen took third place in the 2A state meet a year ago; Chaska finished 21st.