RAHS diver qualifies for state

The Roseville Area High School boys swimming and diving team sent one competitor to the state meet last week. Sophomore Luke Richards represented the Raiders in the Class 2A competition held March 3-5 at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center.

Richards earned his state berth via his performance at the Section 4AA meet on Feb. 25-27 at Stillwater Area Junior High School. He finished third with a score of 285.5. 

Richards joined three other Section 4AA divers in the state meet. North St. Paul’s Tony Mudek won the section championship with a score of 322.3 and Stillwater’s Aaron Doely was second with 314 points. Also qualifying for state from 4AA was Stillwater’s Josiah Fick, who finished fourth with a score of 283.15.

Roseville’s other diver to reach the section finals was eighth-grader Joel Rodich. He finished 15th with a score of 191.95.

One other Roseville competitor matched Richards in terms of placement in a specific event. Sophomore Remi Bougie finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.99. He came up about a half second shy of making state via the qualifying standard, which for the breaststroke was 1:01.47.

Roseville had two other swimmers qualify for the championship heat in the finals of the breaststroke. Sophomore Isaac Nguyen finished seventh in 1:06.54 and sophomore Ming Yu Chan was eighth in 1:10.16.

Bougie also swam in the championship final of the 200-yard individual medley and wound up in fourth place with a time of 2:04.44. Nguyen took eighth in 2:12.10.

The Raiders’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Lukas Klarqvist, junior Mason Seibert, Nguyen and Bougie took fourth with a time of 3:30.04. Klarqvist, Seibert, Chan and sophomore Michael Brandt were fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:38.16. The 200-yard medley relay team consisted of Bougie, Nguyen, Chan and sophomore Peter Bloomberg and finished seventh with a time of 1:47.19.

Chan also qualified for the championship final in the 50-yard freestyle and finished eighth with a time of 24.10 seconds.

As a team, Roseville finished fourth with 234 points. Stillwater won the section team title with 533 points. Mounds View was the runner-up with 368 and North St. Paul took third with 314 points.

The state swimming and diving meet took place past the deadline for this edition of the Review.


Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

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