For the second year running, the Orono Mound Westonka (OMW) co-op boys swim and dive team finished third behind Monticello at the True Team Section meet, which took place this year Jan. 19 at Richfield.
OMW received a wild card bid to advance to the State Meet on Jan. 26 at the University of Minnesota. Section winners advance automatically to True Team State with an additional six teams advancing by invitation.
OMW’s 720 points were just 11 points shy of second place thanks in part to two relay DQs for Monticello.
Breck/Blake took first with 819.5.
“Everyone has been working hard and it shows,” said head coach Pete Buecher. “Our young guys are swimming well but the older ones have been sick. We hope to have everyone ready for True Team State and then Conference.”
Mound Westonka senior Tyler Jordahl won the diving competition with a score of 377.6, continuing his unbroken string of firsts this season. Third and fourth place went to MWHS junior Tanner Azeltine (340.8) and Orono junior Beau Bordson (325.55) while Orono eighth-grader Alex Shrock finished seventh (254.4)—contributing 69 total points.
Like the meet’s final outcome, OMW had a close finish for third in 200 medley relay swam by MWHS seniors Merv Moorhead, Damian Urwyler, Ryan Strother and Orono senior Mitch Miller with 1:48.84 behind Monticello’s 1:48.40.
Breck/Blake finished first.
OMW received 100 points with its other three relay teams finishing 5th, 12th and 14th.
In the 200 freestyle, OMW tallied 31 points—with Orono senior Spencer Cumming (7th, 1:59.04) along with Orono eighth-grader Sig Muller and MWHS sophomore Miguel Octavio (12th, 13th).
Another seventh-place finish in the 200 individual medley by Orono eighth-grader Andrew Kileen (2:20.11) followed closely by Orono freshman Chase Olson (8th, 2:20.23) along with Orono seventh grader Peter Sherek (10th, 2:25.57) and MWHS junior Luke Ramacier at 16th added 42 points.
The 50 freestyle squad contributed 55 points with Strother (3rd, 22.96), Urwyler (6th, 24.6), Moorhead (9th, 25.61) and MWHS senior Blaze Vicknair (11th). Strother, Muller, Orono senior Dan Thomson and Racmacier then added 40 points in the 100 butterfly with 4th, 6th, 9th and 11th place finishes.
In the 100 free, Miller’s fourth-place (50.69) with MWHS senior Connor Anderson (8th, 55.69), Vicknair (10th, 57.19) and Octavio (16th) added 46 points.
In a season-best time in the 500 free, Olson finished third (5:24.72) with Cumming (5th) and Orono eighth-grader Alex Reymann (11th) for 44 points.
OMW’s 200 free relay teams’ 3rd, 6th, 11th and 13th place finishes earned 102 points, and along with two false starts that disqualified the Monticello relays, OMW edged into second place overall behind Breck/Blake.
Notable performances in the 100 back led by Miller (3rd, 57.99) with Orono eighth-graders William Brenton and Alec Otteson (10th, 15th) and Moorhead (12th) held onto second place.
A one-point advantage remained after the 100 breastroke when Urwyler took 7th (1:12.86) and Kileen, Anderson and Sherek all turned in season-best times for 8th, 9th, 14th.
However, the 400-free relay results gave OMW only 94 points to Monticello’s 106.
Earlier in the week, OMW hosted a dual meet against Buffalo. Despite the 101-85 loss, first-place finishes went to OMW in the 200-free relay (Urwyler, Cumming, Anderson, Strother, 1:36.62) and in diving to Jordahl (222.5).
A pair of first-place finishes went to both Strother (50-yard Free 23.03; 100-yard Fly, 59.65) and to Miller (100-yard Free 50.69; 100-yard backstroke 58.27).
The team travels to Princeton on Tuesday, Jan.29, for its last dual meet of the season.