Forest Lake swimmers speeding up

Ranger swimming and diving kicked off its season with a sixth-place finish at the conference relays in Stillwater last Thursday. Forest Lake finished one spot ahead of last year’s finish, beating Park, Cretin-Derham Hall, Roseville and White Bear Lake.

Highlights for the Rangers included a third-place finish for the 200-yard freestyle relay team of ninth-grader Andrew Kelsey, sophomore Cameron Parrucci, senior captain Joe Goossens and junior Bryan Fleming. The foursome earned 12 points with a time of 1:36.66, nearly four seconds faster and two spots higher than last season’s conference relay crew.

Also taking third was the relay team in the 200-yard breaststroke, made up by senior Casey Jepsen, sophomore Michael Palo, sophomore Tim Brennhofer and senior Evan Woehl with a time of 2:11.68. The squad finished three spots higher and nearly seven seconds faster than last season.

Sophomore Corey Bahr, Fleming, Goossens and senior captain Joe Stomberg combined for a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:29.71, and was out-touched by less than two-tenths of a second. The relay team finished nine seconds quicker than last year.

The Rangers had two relay teams finish in sixth: the 200-yard backstroke relay squad of ninth-grader Ethan Herzog, junior Jacob Gregerson, sophomore Mitchell Clayton and junior Andrew Boyes (2:02.91) and the 200-yard butterfly relay team of sophomore Tommy Brockman, Woehl, junior Brad Youngquist and junior Stefan Albright (1:51.65).

Fleming, seventh-grader Ben Chatwin, Goossens and Stomberg took seventh in the 850-yard crescendo relay with a time of 8:36.78.

The 400-yard medley relay team of Bowes, Brennhofer, Bahr and Stomberg rounded out the top-eight finishers for the Rangers, along with the 400-yard individual medley relay team of Chatwin, Jepsen, Albright and Bahr.

Stillwater took first at the conference relay meet with 120 points, followed by Mounds View with 112 and East Ridge with 98. Last season the Rangers scored just 40 points as opposed to this season’s 56.

The Rangers host Roseville tonight, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.