MVHS boys swim nabs first victory

Meet victories have been hard to come by for the Mounds View High School boys swimming and diving team so far this season. The Mustangs dropped their first three Suburban East Conference dual meets but broke into the win column last week.

Mounds View notched victory No. 1 by outscoring Cretin-Derham Hall 105-78 at the recently-renovated Chippewa Middle School pool. The Mustangs won 10 of the 12 events to pick up the victory.

Mounds View was paced by senior co-captains Ben Kaiser and Alec Martini who each won two events. Senior co-captain Sasha Safonov, senior Andrew Wang and junior Seth Cline also picked up wins for the Mustangs and all three relay teams had big wins.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 10-4 lead with a 1-3 finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The top quartet of Martini, Wang, Kaiser and senior Anders Nygaard touched the wall first in 1:46.06. The second unit of seniors Tanner Sachse and Sean Lucas, along with junior Peter Goggin and eighth grader Quinn Doan covered the distance in 1:52.43. The Raiders won the 200-yard freestyle with Cline claiming second in 1:59.04. Senior Sam Mastenbrook (2:04.10) and freshman Albert Pan (2:05.10) both had season-best times to claim fourth and fifth, respectively. Safonov easily won the 200-yard individual medley with a swim of 2:09.53. Senior Chris Atkinson was second in a season-best time of 2:17.71, while Goggin claimed fourth with a season-best time of 2:22.05. Kaiser picked up the first of his two wins with a 23.61-second swim in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Tristan Aschittino (24.65) was fourth and Wang (24.83) was fifth. At the diving break, the Mustangs led the meet by a score of 38-24.

In diving, junior Kyle Johnson posted a score of 161.20 points on the one-meter board to capture second place. Martini had a 55.86-second swim to win the 100-yard butterfly. Goggin (1:03.35) and Doan (1:03.41) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Doan’s time was a season-best. Kaiser won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.87. Aschittino touched in third place in 53.83, with Sachse fifth in a season-best time of 54.40. Cline easily won the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 5:23.40. Sophomore Josh Peterson had a season-best time of 5:35.94 to capture second, while Mastenbrook’s time of 5:47.97 was good enough for fifth place. At that point in the meet, the Mustangs had a comfortable 72-53 lead.

The Mustangs had another 1-3 finish in 200-yard freestyle relay. The winning quartet was Safonov, Wang, Aschittino and Kaiser, who covered the distance in a season-best time of 1:34.91. The second unit of Lucas, Nygaard, Pan and Cline posted a time of 1:41.69. In the 100-yard backstroke, Martini won easily with a swim of 57.37. Sachse claimed second in 1:00.77 while Atkinson was fourth in 1:04.34. Both Sache’s and Atkinson’s times were season-bests. Safonov and Wang battled each other for most of 100-yard breaststroke with Wang coming out on top in 1:05.05 with Safonov second in 1:08.38. Doan’s 1:12.76 was good enough for fifth. To top off the evening, the Mustangs posted the top time in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The unit of Aschittino, Cline, Martini and Safonov swam to a 3:33.60 finish. The second team of Goggin, Lucas, Nygaard and Sachse was third fastest in 3:43.64.

In junior varsity competition, the Mustangs easily defeated the Raiders by a score of 99-54. Individual event winners were Peterson (200 IM), senior Dan Kroll (50 free), Lucas (100 fly), sophomore Brian McLaughlin (100 free), junior Hayden Oliver (100 back) and Pan (100 breast).

The Mustangs are now 1-3 in SEC dual meet competition on the season. They travel to Woodbury to face the improving Royals on Thursday at 6 p.m.

In addition to the duals, Mounds View has also competed in a pair of invitationals so far this season. The Mustangs took fifth place in Maple Grove’s Karol Carlson Invite on Dec. 14 and 10th at the Maroon and Gold Invitational on Jan. 4 at the University of Minnesota.

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