Five members of the Austin Packers boys’ swimming and diving team were recently named to the All-Big 9 Conference squad for the 2019-2020 season.

Congratulations to seniors Rafe Dolan-Peterson, Aaron Knoll and Trey Myers, also to junior Logan Kelly and to eighth-grader Riley Ferguson, who helped their team reach the podium eight times at the State Class A Swimming and Diving Meet at the University of Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Pool in February.

The Packers earned three top-three finishes at the state meet, including the 200 medley relay team of Dolan Peterson, Knoll, Kelly and Myers, who took second place with an All-American consideration time of 1:32.12.  The same team later took third in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:11.76.  Kelly also took third in the 100-yard breaststroke, where he swam a new Austin High School record time and All-American time of 55.19 seconds.

Congratulations also goes out to sophomore forward Kate Holtz and senior forward Jordyn McCormack of the Austin Packers girls’ hockey team, who were named to the All-Big 9 Conference girls’ hockey squad for the 2019-2020 season.   Named to the All-Big 9 Conference Honorable Mention team from Austin were junior defenseman Alexis Stich and freshman defenseman Sara Wangen.

Holtz tallied 24 goals and 31 assists for a total of 55 points, while McCormack scored 30 goals and added 23 assists for 53 points.  Stich scored eight goals and doled out 15 assists for 23 points and Wangen tallied three goals and tallied 10 assists for 13 points for the Packers, who finished 12-13 for the season.

A tip of the cap also goes out to Bubba Grunewald, a senior defenseman for the Austin Packers boys’ hockey team, who was named to the All-Big 9 Conference Honorable Mention team for the 2019-2020 season.  Grunewald tallied eight goals and four assists for 12 points for the Packers this past season.  The eight goals for Grunewald was third-best for Austin, who were led by junior forward Garrett Schaefer’s 11 and senior forward Kaleb Ree’s 10.