Boys Swim & Dive shave seconds, perfect form in section finals

The Boys Swim and Dive Section 6AA Finals was held last Saturday at the Art Downey Aquatic Center in Edina. Though the teams were highly competitive, the Trojans had a successful meet, with two team members qualifying for state. 

I think Edina should have been put with the other big teams, like Minnetonka.”

— Noah Rice

Jacob Wahlberg qualified with a second-place finish in the 50 free and a fourth-place finish in the 100 free, and Tanner Zeise qualified by placing fourth in the diving competition.

In other events, such as the 200 free relay, finishes were less than a second away from qualifying. Senior Noah Rice, a swimmer in this relay, was disappointed with his time, though he wasn’t fazed.

“I did terribly,” he said with a smile. 

However, many of the swimmers on the team questioned the placement of Edina into a section with mainly smaller-sized schools.

“We tried to get out of the section—like Cretin-Derham did. I think Edina should have been put with the other big teams, like Minnetonka; they always make state and are first,” Rice said.

Despite this obstacle, many swimmers dropped time and broke team records.

The state tournament takes place Feb. 27-29 at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota.