FL records 29 personal bests in win over Park
The Forest Lake boys’ swimming team had a successful weekend with a second-place showing at True Team Sections in Coon Rapids. They lost by just 96 points to Anoka with no competitors in the diving event as opposed to last year’s 137-point difference with divers.
The Rangers’ points totaled 1,140, taking Andover out of the picture by a 217-point stretch.
Senior captains Evan Woehl, Joe Goossens and Joel Stomberg demonstrated their skills with strong finishes in numerous events.
Stomberg took third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.88) while Goossens took fifth at 1:54.18 for a combined 50 points toward the team total. Woehl recorded a top finish on the day with second place in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.77, while sophomores Michael Palo and Tim Brennhofer followed in fourth and fifth, respectively. Brennhofer also achieved a personal best by dropping more than a second in the event.
The Rangers dominated in the 100-yard butterfly, led by junior Stefan Albright, who recorded the other highest finish for Forest Lake with second place in 58:06. Junior Bryan Fleming and sophomore Corey Bahr followed closely in fourth and fifth place.
Taking four of the top 10 finishes in the 500-yard freestyle were Stomberg in third (5:18.04), junior Andrew Bowes in fourth (5:18.44), seventh-grader Ben Chatwin in sixth (5:24.28) and junior Adam Krummi in ninth (5:35.28). Bowes’ time was good for a personal best by nearly two seconds.
Bowes also had a strong showing in the 100-yard backstroke, taking eighth with a time of 1:03.90. Two spots and less than a second later was sophomore Mitchell Clayton.
Goossens stayed in the spotlight with a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.63, followed three seconds later by sophomore Cameron Parrucci in eighth place.
Three Rangers placed in the 50-yard freestyle, led by Fleming in fourth place with a time of 23.49. Parrucci recorded another top-10 placement for seventh in 24.65, followed by ninth-grader Andrew Kelsey tying for tenth in 25.18.
Rounding out the individual finishes were Bahr (2:14.35) and Palo (2:17.46), who took seventh and ninth in the 200-yard individual medley.
The relay team of sophomore Tommy Brockman, Bahr, Stomberg and Goossens took third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:35.21, followed by a fifth-place finish by ninth-grader Ethan Herzog, Kelsey, Brennhofer and Fleming three seconds later.
The freestylers swam strong again in the 400-yard free relay. Bowes, Parrucci, Fleming and Goossens took third in 3:33.22, followed three spots later by the team of ninth-grader Brad Youngquist, Chatwin, Bahr and Stomberg in 3:37.88.
Clayton, Woehl, Albright and Parrucci earned fifth place in 1:49.74 in the 200-yard medley relay. Two more relay teams placed in the top 10 in the event: Bowes, Brennhofer, Youngquist and Kelsey in eighth (1:51.62) and Herzog, Palo, senior Casey Jepsen and Brockman in 10th (1:55.04).
In addition to the second-place showing at True Team, the Rangers won 94-81 at Park last Thursday while recording 29 new personal-best times.
Forest Lake hosts Woodbury tonight, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. and also travels to the Cambridge-Isanti Invite on Saturday.