The Ranger boys’ swimming team hosted Hastings last Thursday and lost to the top-10 team by just two points, 85-83.
Despite the loss, Forest Lake improved with another 20 personal-best times, including Joel Stomberg who took second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.84. The senior moved to sixth fastest in school history and missed first by just tenths of a second.
The 200-yard medley relay team of sophomores Mitchell Clayton and Cameron Parucci, senior Evan Woehl and junior Stefan Albright took first-place in 1:49.98.
Sophomore Corey Bahr followed with a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley while junior Bryan Fleming and senior Joe Goossens claimed second and third in the 50-yard freestyle. Fleming was just out-touched in the sprint at 23.52 with Goossens coming in at 24.16.
Junior Stefan Albright earned second place and a personal best in the 100-yard butterfly in 56.98, followed closely by Fleming in 58.60 for third.
Stomberg earned another personal best in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.68 while junior Andrew Bowes earned his own best time in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:15.45.
Clayton and Albright took second and third in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.17 and 1:06.87, respectively.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Woehl took second by less than a second with a time of 1:05.40, followed by sophomore Tim Brennhofer placing third in 1:08.64.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Stomberg, Goossens, Bahr and Fleming took second in 1:35.72, and the group also captured first in the 400-yard free event with a time of 3:28.91. Ninth-grader Brad Youngquist, seventh-grader Ben Chatwin, Albright and Bowes took third in 3:43.49.
Head coach Barbara Vailodash said the Rangers swam an exciting meet against the Raiders, who battle it out tonight, Feb. 7 with East Ridge for the Suburban East Conference crown.
“The team swam really well,” Vailodash said. “Hastings is a very strong, competitive team. We did quite well considering they are ranked in the state.”
The Rangers are now 4-4 and host Cretin-Derham Hall tonight at 6 p.m.