FL debuts well at Laker Invite

Swimmers take second at seven-team meet

Forest Lake finished just nine points out of first place in its first appearance at the Minneapolis South Laker Invite on Saturday. The Rangers took second place to Chaska at the seven-team swim meet.

Two team members earned second-place finishes: junior Zach Burger scored 139.25 points in the diving competition and senior Nate Merrier finished the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.43.

The 100 breaststroke was also one of four events where Forest Lake earned points from three participants. Merrier was joined by Evan Woehl (fourth, 1:09.38) and Michael Palo (10th, 1:12.73) in that event. Zach Burger was joined by Nick Burger (fifth, 125.65) and Alex Wahlin (sixth, 116.20) in diving. Joe Goossens (fourth, 1:56.92), Joel Stomberg (fifth, 1:57.20) and Erik Klein (ninth, 2:02.75) all placed in the 200 freestyle. In the 100 fly, it was Bryan Fleming (fourth, 59.01), Stefan Albright (fifth, 1:00.24) and Corey Bahr (seventh, 1:00.66) scoring.

Royals 102,
Rangers 84

Forest Lake and Woodbury swam neck-and-neck for much of Thursday’s Suburban East Conference dual meet. The host Royals prevailed 102-84.

Woodbury jumped out to a 12-2 lead after the first event, the 200 medley relay. Forest Lake closed the gap to six points at 50-44 after Fleming (59.35), Albright and Bahr swept the 100 fly. The Royals grew the lead to 24 with three events to go before wins from Klein in the 100 backstroke (1:00.48) and Merrier in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.65) put the Rangers back in striking distance.

Stomberg also picked up a first-place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.91.

Forest Lake competes at Hastings tonight (Feb. 2) and finishes SEC competition at home against Cretin-Derham Hall next Thursday.