The Austin Packers boys swimming and diving team traveled to Owatonna for their 2023-2024 season opener versus the Huskies in the Big 9 Conference Thursday evening, and it was the Huskies coming away with a win in their home pool by the score of 97.5-80.5.
High finishers for Austin Thursday evening included the squad’s 200 medley relay team of Brent Dahl, Hunter Peters, Lucas Meyers and Carter Holt, who took first with a time of 1:45.42, Noah Holt was third in the 200 freestyle Thursday night with a time of 2:18.49, and Hunter Peters was seccond in the 200 individual medley with a final time of 2:17.92.
Lucas Meyers took third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.34, and Riley Ferguson and Gage Rasmussen were first and third in 1-meter diving, with Ferguson finishing with 177.20 points, and Rasmussen winding up with 149.70 total points. Meyers finished first for the Packers in the 100 butterfly Thursday nigth with a time of 1:03.86, and Zach Evenson earned a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.51 seconds.
Brent Dahl finshed first in the 500 freestyle for the Packers Thursday night with a final time of 5:04.42, :17 seconds ahead of second place Matthew Larson of Owatonna, and Austin’s 200 freestyle relay team of Zach Evenson, Carter Holt, Lucas Meyers and Noah Holt finished second with a time of 1:38.71. Dahl earned a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.72 seconds, Hunter Peters finished atop the field in the 100 breaststroke with a final time of 1:07.58, and the Packers’ 400 freestyle relay teams went 1-2, with the team of Evenson, Dahl, Noah Holt and Peters taking first with a time of 3:45.74, and the team of Simon Pischke, Tito Blake Barona, Kale Purkapile and Francesco Lorenzoni taking second with a final tme of 5:05.98.
Austin will be back in action versus Rochester Century for their home opener at Bud Higgins Pool at Ellis Middle School next Thursday, December 14th, with the varsity action scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. that evening.