Swimming: Elks’ Schwab reaches finals in IM, consolation finals in backstroke, at state

Aaron Schwab checked his 100 backstroke prelim time and saw it was a personal best but not as fast as he felt he needed to make the finals. He wound up 10th and will swim in consolation in that event, but made the championship  heat in the IM. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Aaron Schwab checked his 100 backstroke prelim time and saw it was a personal best but not as fast as he felt he needed to make the finals. He wound up 10th and will swim in consolation. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Elk River swimmer Aaron Schwab qualified for state finals in one event and had to settle for consolation finals in his other at the state preliminaries on Friday evening.

Schwab, a senior in his fifth state meet, will swim in an individual championship heat for the first time after grabbing the eighth and final qualifying slot in the 200 individual medley with 1:56.83 at the U of M Aquatic Center.

“Aaron made all-state,” said coach Denise Eidem. “That’s always been the goal and he’s in the finals for the first time.”

The eight finalists all get medals and are regarded as all-staters.

In the backstroke, Schwab placed 10th in the prelims with 53.12.

Both times were personal bests and lowered his school record times.

“Aaron was hoping for a 52.5 or 52.6, something like that, in the back,” said Eidem. “He got 10th. But he will swim in both events Saturday night.”

Elk diver Andrew Bronstheyn also has a chance to climb up on the medal stand (top eight) tonight. He held seventh place after eight dives in the prelims and semifinals Thursday. The final three dives will be taken tonight.

“Andy has not been feeling well for a couple of days,” said Eidem. “He wasn’t in school today …. He only had a couple of real good dives, but nobody really ripped it up (Thursday). He has as good a chance as anybody.”

Point totals are pretty close from second to seventh — Bronshteyn has 242.2 and second place is 266 — so there’s a chance to move up with a good finish, the coach noted. The leader is Rosemount’s Daniel Monagham with 295.6.

The Class AA finals begin 6 p.m.

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