STATE SWIMMING: Five state medals for Tigers

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

MINNEAPOLIS — The Delano/Watertown-Mayer (DWM) swimmers claimed five state medals Feb. 29 at the Class A State Swimming & Diving Championships at the UofM Aquatic Center.

Sophomore Nick Black and junior Colby Kern both claimed three medals.

Black’s fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke was the top finish for a DWM swimmer on championship day. Black’s time was 53.39 seconds.

Breck/Blake’s Charlie Crosby won backstroke with the time of 48.51 seconds.

It was Black’s second medal of the meet. He opened with an eighth-place medal in the 200 medley relay. Black ended the day with an eighth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

Black swam the 100 freestyle at the prelims Friday, Feb. 28, but did not advance on to Saturday’s meet. He finished 18th with the time of 49.49 seconds.

Black, Gentry Nuytten, Joe Coyle and Kaden Georges combined for the eighth-place finish in the medley relay at the state finals. Their time was 1:42.85.

Breck/Blake won the medley relay with the time of 1:32.66.

Georges, Per Anderson, Black and Kern finished eighth with the time of 3:20.37 in the 400 relay.

Winona won the 400 with the time of 3:05.61.

Kern’s first state medal was for fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle. He backed that with a seventh-place finish in the 100 freestyle. Kern’s 200 time was 1:45.31. His 100 time was 48.16 seconds.

Winona’s Jack Herczeg took the first-place medals in both the 200 and 100. His 200 time was 1:40.29. His 100 time was 44.65 seconds, which is an automatic all-American time.

Kern, Anderson, Georges and Will Merten finished 10th overall in the 200 freestyle relay. Their consolation heat time was 1:30.90.

Nuytten swam in the consolation heat of the 200 individual medley. His time Saturday was 2:04.77. That placed him 13th overall.

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE STATE MEET IN FRIDAY’S DELANO HERALD JOURNAL

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