Mounds View boys swimming remains unbeaten in conference

The Mounds View High School boys swimming and diving team hosted the Park-Cottage Grove Wolfpack at Chippewa Middle School on Jan. 5. The Mustangs won nine of 12 events on the evening program and cruised to a 100-78 win to run their Suburban East Conference dual-meet record to 3-0. 

Freshman Will Quackenbush was a double winner for the locals, finishing first in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events. Other Mustangs notching wins were sophomore Ian Boyles (50-yard freestyle), junior co-captain Quinn Doan (100-yard butterfly), sophomore Jared Martini (100-yard freestyle) and sophomore Coby Lessard (100-yard backstroke). The Mustangs also won all three relay events.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 10-4 lead with a first and third in the opening 200-yard medley relay. The Mustang quartet of freshmen Isaac Pan, sophomore Will Goldman, Doan and Boyles touched the wall first in 1:45.12. The third-place unit was comprised of senior co-captain Noah Vranyes, junior Jason Lou, Lessard and junior Thomas Wilkowske, who finished in 1:55.27. 

Quackenbush won the 200 freestyle by over five seconds in 1:50.68. Senior co-captain Albert Pan was second in 1:55.71. The Mustangs had a 2-3-4 finish in the 200-yard individual medley. Isaac Pan was second in 2:03.68, with Lou and Vranyes claiming third and fourth in 2:15.39 and 2:17.00, respectively. Boyles had a nice 23.70 clocking in the 50 freestyle to claim first. Martini (24.13) and Goldman (24.62) were third and fifth, respectively. At the diving break, the Mustangs had the lead at 39-23. 

Sophomore Josh Bowman tallied 155.85 points on the one-meter board to finish second in the diving competition, just 1.15 points behind the winning Wolfpack diver. The Mustangs swept the 100 butterfly with Doan touching out teammate Isaac Pan to claim first. Doan’s time was 55.02 while Pan touched the wall in 55.63. Lou was third in 1:02.31. Martini and Albert Pan battled hard in the 100 freestyle with Martini coming out on top in 52.79. Pan finished in 52.98, with Boyles taking third in 53.71 to complete the sweep. The Mustangs now had a commanding lead at 69-38. 

Quackenbush (5:07.23) won the 500 freestyle by over 16 seconds to win his second event of the evening. Sophomore Max Jytyla was third in 5:52.14 while sophomore Nate Fatkhiyev was fifth in 6:00.37. The Mustangs easily won the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Martini, Doan, Isaac Pan and Quackenbush claimed first in 1:35.11. The second unit comprised of Albert Pan, Goldman, Jytyla and sophomore Atakan Yurttas took third place in 1:40.30. 

The Mustangs clinched the meet with a 1-2-5 finish in the 100 backstroke with Lessard winning in 1:04.07. Vranyes was right behind in second in 1:04.28. Eighth grader Sam Magnuson was fifth in 1:07.44. At this point, the Mustangs led the meet 100-53 and decided to swim the final two events on the program as “exhibition,” meaning that points earned did not count toward the final score. 

Doan finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a swim of 1:05.09. Goldman was third in 1:08.21. To close out the meet, the locals finished 1-3 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The unit comprised of Martini, Boyles, Albert Pan and Quackenbush claimed first in 3:31.21. The quartet of Lou, Jytyla, Wilkowske and Vranyes finished third in 3:45.25. 

In junior varsity competition, the Mustangs won easily 115-52. Individual event winners for the Mustangs were Yurttas (200 free & 100 fly), Magnuson (200 IM), senior Alan Wang (50 free & 100 breast), Wilkowske (100 free & 100 back) and seventh grader Matthew Shen (500 free). The JV also won all three relay events.

In addition to Park-Cottage Grove, Mounds View has also defeated Roseville and White Bear Lake in Suburban East Conference duals.

The Mustangs will host perennial league favorite Stillwater at Chippewa on Jan. 10 at 6:00 pm. Diving will take place at 4:30 at Spring Lake Park High School. Two days later, the Mustangs will travel to Woodbury to take on the East Ridge Raptors at Woodbury Middle School beginning at 6:00 pm. Diving competition will take place at Lake Middle School at 4:30 pm.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


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