Mustangs Swim to Ninth at True Team State
Several Swimmers Record Season’s Best Performances
The Mounds View Mustangs made their first appearance at the True Team State swim and dive meet in five years on Saturday, January 28 at the Jean Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota. The young Mustangs made the most of their opportunity and, paced by a number of season’s best performances by several athletes, finished ninth among the field of twelve top Class AA teams from across the state. The Mustangs were led by junior co-captain Quinn Doan, and freshmen Issac Pan and Will Quackenbush, all three of whom had a pair of “top 16” finishes. The locals also had “top 16” finishes in all three relay events.
In the opening 200-yard medley relay, the “A” unit of Isaac Pan, sophomore Will Goldman, Doan, and junior Kyle Peterson touched the wall in a season’s best time of 1:43.07 to claim eleventh place. In the 200-yard freestyle, Quackenbush swam to a season’s best 1:48.70 to finish ninth. Senior co-captain Albert Pan finished twentieth in a season’s best 1:52.25.
Isaac Pan had an outstanding season’s best swim of 2:00.88 in the 200-yard individual medley to finish eighth. With that performance, the hard-working freshman cracked the Mustangs all-time “top 10” honor roll and now holds down the ninth spot on that elite list. Junior Jason Lou also posted a season’s best time of 2:13.43 in the event to finish thirty-first. In the 50-yard freestyle, Peterson posted a season’s best time of 23.75 to claim twenty-second place among forty-eight finishers.
Doan, who recently also made the Mustangs all-time “top 10” list in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.14, just missed that mark on Saturday. But, his 54.18 swim earned him a ninth place finish for the Mustangs. Junior Atakan Yurttas also had a season’s best performance of 1:02.10 in the event to finish thirty-sixth. In the 100-yard freestyle, Lou had touched the wall in a season’s best time of 52.78 to finish twenty-sixth. Quackenbush had an excellent season’s best swim of 4:55.55 in the 500-yard freestyle to finish tenth, leaving him just thirteenth one-hundredths of a second away from cracking the Mustangs’ “top 10” list.
The Mustangs placed two teams in the “top 16” in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The first unit of Boyles, Doan, Isaac Pan, and Quackenbush was ninth in 1:31.94, while the quartet of Goldman, Albert Pan, Lou, and Peterson finished fifteenth in 1:34.47. In the 100-yard backstroke, Albert Pan recorded a season’s best time of 59.75 to claim twenty-second place. Isaac Pan had another season’s best swim of 1:02.61 to finish ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Doan was fourteenth in a season’s best 1:03.38. Goldman (1:05.27) and sophomore Max Jytyla (1:11.35) finished twenty-first and thirty-seventh, respectively. Both were season’s best performances.
In the final 400-yard freestyle relay, the quartet of Boyles, Albert Pan, Martini, and Quackenbush touched the wall in 3:26.73, just a tenth of second off the Mustangs season’s best performance in this event, to claim fifteenth place.
The Mustangs resume dual meet competition on Thursday, February 2 at Chippewa Middle School when they host the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders, beginning at 6:00 pm. Diving competition will take place at Spring Lake Park HS, beginning at 4:00 pm.
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