MVHS headed to true team state

The Mounds View High School boys swimming and diving team finished in second place at the Section 4AA true team section meet on Jan. 21 at Stillwater Junior High School. The host Stillwater Ponies won the six-team meet with 1,130 points while the runner-up Mustangs tallied 1,013 points. 

The Mustangs’ performance was a strong one, with several season-best times, and earned them an invitation to the true team state meet as a wild card entry. The meet will be held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 28 at       6 p.m. 

Several Mustangs earned medals with top-eight finishes, including senior co-captains Albert Pan and Noah Vranyes, junior co-captain Quinn Doan, juniors Jason Lou and Kyle Peterson, sophomores Josh Bowman, Ian Boyles, Will Goldman, Jared Martini and Tad Tomczyk and freshmen Isaac Pan and Will Quackenbush. The locals also had multiple top-eight finishes in all three relay events, including an exciting first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. 

 The Mustangs claimed fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay with the quartet of Isaac Pan, Goldman, Doan and Martini touching the wall in 1:44.58. The second unit, comprised of sophomore Coby Lessard, Lou, sophomore Max Jytyla and Peterson, was seventh in 1:51.53. 

Quackenbush had a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:50.89 clocking, while Albert Pan was fifth in 1:55.57 and Vranyes eighth in 1:59.24. In the 200-yard individual medley, Isaac Pan swam to 2:03.28 to capture fourth place and Lou was eighth in 2:15.42. In the 50-yard freestyle, Boyles swam a season-best time of 23.13 seconds to finish fourth, with Goldman (23.78) and Peterson (23.96) right behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. 

In the diving well, Tomczyk tallied 254.20 points in 11 dives off the one-meter board to nail down sixth place. Bowman scored 248.90 points to claim eighth. In the 100-yard butterfly, Doan swam to 54.51 seconds to finish third. The locals finished 4-5 in the 100-yard freestyle, behind Boyles’ season-best time of 51.75 seconds and Martini’s season-best 51.81. In the 500-yard freestyle, Quackenbush’s 5:03.81 was good enough for third, while Vranyes’ season-best 5:24.63 earned him an eighth-place finish.

The Mustangs had three teams in the top eight in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Boyles, Doan, Isaac Pan and Quackenbush swam a season-best 1:31.36 to just touch out the Ponies’ “A” relay team by 0.22 seconds in one of the most exciting races of the afternoon. Peterson, Goldman, Lou and Vranyes combined to swim 1:36.45 to claim fourth place. The third unit, comprised of senior Alan Wang, sophomore Max Jytyla, and juniors Eric Pham and Atakan Yurttas, was eighth in 1:41.99.

Martini swam to 1:01.47 to finish sixth in the 100-yard backstroke, with Albert Pan claiming eighth in 1:01.78. Isaac Pan turned in one of the best individual performances of the day for the Mustangs, shaving five seconds off his previous best to finish third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.84. Doan (1:04.79) and Goldman (1:06.37) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Goldman’s time was a season-best. In the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Mustangs had a pair of top-eight finishes. The first unit, comprised of Boyles, Albert Pan, Martini, and Quackenbush, clocked 3:28.10 to capture third place. The quartet of Vranyes, Yurttas, Lessard and junior Thomas Wilkowske claimed seventh in 3:48.15.

Other Mustangs competing in the meet, where everyone who finishes scores points, were juniors Derek Chen and David Severson, sophomores Jaymes Andrews and Nate Fatkhiyev, freshman Ryan Lawrence and eighth grader Sam Magnuson. 

The next dual meet for the Mustangs will be against Forest Lake on Jan. 26 at Chippewa Middle School, beginning at 6 p.m. Diving competition will take place at Spring Lake Park High School beginning at 4:00 pm.


The Knights, competing in Section 5AA, were one of three teams to amass more than 1,000 points but it wasn’t enough to capture the section title or advance to the state meet.

Irondale scored 1,010 points to finish third in the team standings. Wayzata won the section team title with 1,302 points and Spring Lake Park was the runner-up with 1,140 points.

Individually, Irondale put together some impressive performances. In 12 events, a Knights entry finished first or second in nine of them. 

Irondale got the meet off to a strong start by winning the 200-yard medley relay. The foursome of senior Matt Wittwer, junior Kevin Steiner, sophomore Mason Gehring and freshman Daniel Larson won with a time of 1:43.34 and topped the runners-up from Wayzata by nearly a half second.

Senior Gregg Pehl provided Irondale another first as he won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.05. He beat the second-place finisher from Spring Lake Park by 0.64 seconds.

Larson picked up his second first-place performance by winning the 50-yard freestyle. His time of 22.73 seconds was a quarter of a second faster than the runner-up from Spring Lake Park.

Pehl earned his second victory by winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.01 seconds. That time gave him the win by nearly three full seconds as the second-best time was 55.95 seconds.

Irondale won a second relay as Pehl, Larson and Steiner joined junior Sam Walker in taking first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Their time of 1:33.31 gave them the top spot by more than a full second over the runner-up team from Wayzata.

Wittwer became the fourth Knight to win multiple events when he posted the fastest time in the 100-yard backstroke. His time of 57.13 seconds was more than a full second ahead of the runner-up from Spring Lake Park.

Irondale got second-place performances in the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Steiner delivered the runner-up effort in the 200-yard freestyle, Larson took second in the 100-yard freestyle and the foursome of Gehring, Wittwer, Pehl and freshman Nick Pehl teamed up to finish second in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Next up for the Knights is a Northwest Suburban Conference dual meet against Coon Rapids at Northdale Middle School on Jan. 25.


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


Class AA boys swimming and diving state true team

Saturday, Jan. 28, U of M Aquatic Center

Participating teams

Section Team

1 Rochester Mayo

2 Minnetonka

3 Eagan

4 Stillwater

5 Wayzata

6 Edina

7 Forest Lake

8 St. Michael-Albertville

2 Shakopee (Wild card)

4 Mounds View (Wild card)

3 Rosemount (Wild card)

2 Farmington (Wild card)


Section 4AA boys swimming and diving true team meet

Team scores

1 — Stillwater 1,130

2 — Mounds View 1,013

3 — White Bear Lake   617

4 — North St. Paul   521

5 — Roseville   470

6 — Minnesota Online High School     48


Section 4AA boys swimming and diving true team meet

Team scores

1 — Wayzata 1,302

2 — Spring Lake Park 1,140

3 — Irondale 1,010

4 — Champlin Park   765

5 — Osseo   615.5

6 — Robbinsdale Cooper   609.5

7 — Park Center   228


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