Irondale swimmer makes run at title

Irondale High School senior Jacob Wielinski went after a state championship last Saturday at the Class AA state swimming and diving meet, but came up just shy.

Wielinski, competing in the 500-yard freestyle, went head-to-head with sophomore Sam Schilling of Minnetonka. Schilling trailed Wielinksi for the first 400 yards, but made a huge push over the final two lengths to claim the title.

After the eighth length, Wielinski led by more than half a second, but Schilling kicked it into high gear. He beat Wielinski by 1.69 seconds over the final 100 yards to win the race by 1.12 seconds. Schilling's time was 4:28.69 while Wielinski finished in 4:29.81. Both efforts were All-American times.

Wielinski also advanced to the finals of the 200-yard individual medley, although he wasn't eligible to compete for the championship. Wielinski was ninth following the prelims and that meant he would swim in the consolation heat in the finals.

Wielinski won the consolation heat on Saturday with a time of 1:54.88, a mark that would have put him in fifth place in the championship heat.

Irondale also sent a relay to state. Wielinski joined Ed Olivares Raniolo, Jack Marchiafava and Greg Pehl in the 400-yard freestyle relay, but they did not advance to the finals.

As a team, Irondale scored 26 points on Wielinski's two finishes in the finals and finished in 26th place.

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Senior Tanner Sachse represented the Mustangs in the Class AA state meet. He competed in the 100-yard freestyle but did not advance to the finals. His time of 49.89 seconds left him in 24th place after the prelims.

—Brian Meyers

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