Swimming: Elks’ Schwab places 11th, 12th at state meet

Aaron Schwab is shown here in the IM prelims Friday. (Photo by Bill Jones)

 

Aaron Schwab of Elk River placed 11th and 12th in his events at the state Class AA swimming finals on Saturday evening at the University of Minnesota, and re-broke one of his school records.

Schwab, a junior, placed 11th in the 200 individual medley with 1:58.84, after placing ninth in the preliminaries Friday with a 1:57.94 that beat the school record he set in the section finals.

Schwab placed 12th in the 100 backstroke with 53.66 in the finals Saturday, lowing the school record of 53.78 he set in the prelims Friday when he placed ninth.

He broke two of the oldest records on the Elk board as the backstroke record had stood since 1997 and the IM record since 1994.

“I did not get quite what I wanted, but  it went pretty well,” said Schwab. “It was definitely fun. I have been looking  at those records (on big board at the Elks’ pool) for a long time.”

Schwab said his goal was to make the top eight and swim in the finals, especially after placing ninth last year in backstroke.

“But everyone was a lot faster at state this year,” he said.

Schwab has gone to state four years and has not made the finals yet. He’ll have one more year to try get on the podium.

The Elks had qualifiers in seven events, but only Schwab made the top 16 to stay alive for Saturday’s championship and consolation finals.

Eden Prairie was team champion with 314.5 points and Maple Grove was second with 206.

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