Park boys swimming & diving: Germscheid punches ticket to state meet
Park junior diver Nick Germscheid earned a trip to the Class AA state swimming and diving meet after placing third in the diving competition at the Section 4AA championship meet.
Germscheid scored 329.65 to earn third place. Stillwater’s Colin Eason won the competition with a score of 384.05. White Bear Lake senior Harry Baden was second with 376.75 points.
It’s Germscheid’s first trip to state. Last year, as a sophomore, he came in sixth place in the event with a score of 308.70, which was just shy of state.
Park took sixth place out of eight teams at the Section 4AA meet with 194 points, besting Suburban East Conference foe White Bear Lake (149 points) along with St. Paul Harding (75 points). Though it only had two first-place finishes Stillwater used its profound depth to win the Section 4AA championship with 525 points. East Ridge took second place with 376 points.
The top two finishers in each race at sections reach state meet along with anyone who beats the state cut time.
Last year, Park finished in fifth place, but wasn’t able to advance anyone to the state meet.
Along with Germscheid’s state qualifying finish, Park had a number of racers reach the finals of the two-day section meet, held Feb. 21-23 at Stillwater Junior High School.
Park junior Adam Raymond reached the championship final in the 200-yard freestyle relay and in the 500-yard freestyle. Raymond earned sixth place in the 500 free with a time of 4 minutes, 59.57 seconds and took seventh place with a time of 1 minute, 49.11 seconds in the 200 free. His time in the 500 free was less than four seconds off the state meet qualifying time.
Park sophomore Mack Christianson, and seniors Connor Ross and Brandon Denn also reached the 500 free consolation finals. Christianson took 10th with a time of 5:13.45, Ross was 14th with a time of 5:43.58 and Denn was 15th with a time of 5:52.23.
Park junior Jarrett Mansergh reached the consolation final in the 50-yard freestyle and in the 100-yard butterfly. In the 50 Mansergh took ninth place overall with a time of 23.05. His time was just .40 off the state qualifying time. In the 100 fly, he took 12th place in 58.50.
Park junior Jacob Shogren raced in the consolation finals of the 100-yard backstroke, taking 11th place with a time of 1:05.38.
Park freshman Ross Dietzsch made it to the consolation finals of the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. Dietzsch placed ninth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.18. He took 12th place overall with a time of 2:12.82.
Park sophomore Aaron Lewis reached the consolation finals, too, and earned 14th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.19.
Park also turned in an impressive finish in the 200-yard freestyle, as Mansergh, senior Kevin Riepe, Lewis and Raymond sprinted to a time of 1:35.54 in the race, just a hair over 5 seconds over the state qualifying time.
The Class AA state meet will take place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. The swim prelims will be held Thursday, the diving prelims will be Friday and all finals will be held Saturday night.