Saving their best showing for state
One relay team and one individual from the Forest Lake boys’ swimming team finished their season with state appearances at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center over the weekend.
In the 200 freestyle relay, senior Joe Goossens (23.43), sophomore Corey Bahr (22.75), senior Joel Stomberg (22.84) and junior Bryan Fleming (22.04) finished 22nd of 26 in the preliminaries.
The group finished with a time of 1:31.06, marking a new season-best time that was also good for the third-fastest performance in school history.
Senior Evan Woehl closed his high school career in the 100-yard breaststroke with a personal-best time of 1:02.50 and held his place as the seventh-fastest breaststroke competitor in school history.
Head coach Barbara Vailodash said the Forest Lake state participants all swam stellar at the state preliminaries, despite not qualifying for the finals.
She explained that it is difficult for most swimmers to hold their times at state prelims after tapering just to qualify for state. The Forest Lake swimmers not only held their times, but dropped even more time to close with season and personal bests.
The Rangers will graduate just four seniors: Goossens, Stomberg, Woehl and Casey Jepsen.
“I am very happy and excited with how the team did this year,” Vailodash said. “The team is losing four great seniors and already the remaining team members are talking about how they can fill those big shoes.”