The Austin Packers boys’ swimming and diving team played host to the Section 1A True Team Meet in Bud Higgins Pool in Ellis Middle School Monday, as the meet was postponed from Saturday due to blizzard-like conditions in southeastern Minnesota. The Packers won six events, including a new pool record for junior Logan Kelly in the 100 breaststroke to help lead Austin to a third-place finish and a spot in the State Class A True Team Swim Meet coming up Saturday at the University of Minnesota.
Kelly’s time of 57.43 seconds broke the record of 58.72 seconds set by Kendrick Bachman of Rochester John Marshall back in 2009. In the 200 medley relay, the team of Kelly, Rafe Dolan Peterson Trey Meyers and Aaron Knoll took first for the Packers with a time of 1:38.66, and Meyers was third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:59.95. Kelly was first for Austin in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:59.17, and Knoll was third in the 50 freestyle with a final time of 23.37.
Riley Norton was second in the diving competition with a final score of 363.80, and Dolan Peterson was first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.62. Teammate Trey Meyers was third with a time of 56 seconds flat, and Dolan Peterson was also first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:12.12. The Packers 400 freestyle relay team of Dolan Peterson, Knoll, Myers and Kelly was first with a time of 3:17.48. Winona was first in the team competition with a final score of 1,174 points, while Simley was second with 1,108. Austin was third with 995 points, and Mankato West was fourth with 918.5. The Scarlets were followed by Mankato East in fifth, Faribault in sixth place and Albert Lea in seventh.
With their 3rd place finish, Austin qualifies for the State Class A True Team Meet coming up this Saturday at the University of Minnesota’s Cook Swimming Complex. Warmups for Class A get underway at 11:00 a.m., with the meet starting at noon.