Ranger swimmers remain undefeated in duals

The Ranger boys swimming team hosted White Bear Lake last Thursday and won 100-78 to bring the squad’s dual record to 3-0.

The 200-yard medley relay team of juniors Mitchell Clayton, Michael Palo, Corey Bahr and senior Bryan Fleming started the meet on a high note with a first-place finish in 1:49.38.

In the 200-yard freestyle, eighth-grader Ben Chatwin took top honors with a time of 1:55.28, followed by senior Andrew Bowes and sophomore Brad Youngquist in second and fourth place, respectively.

Ninth-grader Duncan Johnson and Palo followed with second- and third-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley, while Fleming (23.21) and Bahr (23.56), along with sophomore Ethan Herzog (24.41), took the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle.

Senior Stefan Albright earned first place in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.02, followed by Fleming in second (101.15), and Youngquist in fourth place (104.48).

It was a one-two-three finish for the Rangers in both the 100-yard and 500-yard freestyles. Bahr earned first in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.40, followed by Herzog in second and Clayton in third. Chatwin finished first in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:15.05, followed in suit by Bowes and senior Dominick Thompson.

In an exciting moment, the Ranger 200-yard freestyle relay team of Thompson, Younquist, Herzog and Chatwin tied for first in 1:40.04 with the team of sophomore Rowan Wagner, junior Cameron Parrucci, Bowes and Fleming.

After the meet, head coach Barbara Vailodash awarded the team’s “swimmer/diver of the meet award” to junior Grant Taylor, who set a personal best in 1-meter diving and took second place overall with a score of 161.95.

Over the weekend the Rangers captured 321 team points and took second place out of 16 teams in the bronze division of the Maroon and Gold

Invite at the University of Minnesota. Vailodash said the results from Saturday were a team effort as the Rangers “had outstanding contributions from all of our athletes.”

Bowes said there were many highlights from the weekend performance.

“We set many personal best times and top place finishes at the U’s Sheppard Pool,” the captain said. “Dominick Thompson had an excellent 500, dropping nearly 10 seconds from his personal best.”

Fellow captain Clayton reiterated the team’s stellar meet.

“The entire team all performed excellent on Saturday and everybody contributed to our second-place finish — only eight points out of first place,” Clayton said.

Next, the Rangers host Stillwater for Parents Night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. The squad’s meet on Tuesday against Mounds View was postponed due to weather conditions and has yet to be rescheduled.

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