Swimming: Elks’ Schwab sets 2 team records, stays alive at state

Elk Rivers' Aaron Schwab churned ahead in the butterfly leg of the individual medley at the University of Minnesota. He placed ninthin the prelims. (Photo by Bill Jones)


Elk River junior Aaron Schwab set two school records and advanced to the consolation finals in two events at the state Class AA swimming meet Friday evening.

The Elks qualified for state in seven events but did not make the top 16 in any of the others, so Schwab will be the only team member in action Saturday evening.

Schwab placed ninth in the individual medley with 1:57.94, lowering the Elk record (1:58.97) he set at sectionals, and placed ninth in backstroke with 53.76, snapping a 15-year-old team record of 53.89 held by Nate Dittbenner.
The top eight swim in championship finals, and the next eight in consolation finals. The top eight medal, and the top 16 score team points.

Elk senior Collin Krueger placed 20th in the 200 freestyle with 1:47.91 and 24th in the 100 freestyle with 49.07. He was a little off his sectional performances where he  had a school record 1:46.48 in the 200 and 48.65 in the 100.

Elk freshman diver Andrew Bronshteyn placed 20th among 30 contestants, scoring 334.60, in prelims on Thursday, just under his personal best 337.80 at sectionals. The top 16 will have three more dives on Saturday evening.

The Elk medley team of Collin Krueger, Aaron Schwab, Alex Kopp and Odrey Bechel placed 21st among 25 entrants with 1:41.94, and the 400 freestyle team of Krueger, Jacob Christy, Bechtel and Schwab was last among 23 with 3:22.94. The medley time was just off their season-best 1:41.9 at sectionals while the 400 time was 2.8 seconds slower.