by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Their final home meet was a season highlight for the Elk River swimmers as they defeated Andover 96-84 —in what coach Denise Green called a “huge upset” —and collected the reward: third place in the conference, Thursday evening.
“We had a great meet tonight, and a true team effort,” said Green about winning the matchup of the second-place teams in each division of the Norhwest Suburban Conference.
The Elks are 3-2-1 in duals after a back-to-back sweep at home on Wednesday (against Armstrong) and Thursday. They’ll close the regular season at Monticello on Monday.
The Elks pulled ahead in points in the 50 freestyle with Spencer Hlavachek placing first, Chris Thorndal third and Derek Jacobsen fourth. That trio supplied the same points in the 100 freestyle with Hlavachek first, Jacobsen third and Thorndahl fourth.
Seventh-grader Zach Kopp won the 500 freestyle, another nice boost for the Elks with his first career win.
“After dropping 20 seconds at Cambridge on Saturday,” said Green, “Zach dropped two more tonight to take first.”
Jake Kohorst posted his best time in the backstroke, placing second, and Nick Kopp won the breaststroke to clinch the win.
“We had a lot of cheering and that’s where it was tonight, the team unity,” said Nick Kopp, who also won individual medley.
His favorite event was his little brother winning the 500.
“I was walking up and down the side just yelling the whole time.”
Asked if the meets two straight nights was a strain, Kopp shrugged and smiled. “I’d rather have the meet than practice,” he said.
It was Senior Night, and the team had exactly two elders to honor at mid-meet during the break after diving, Brady Anderson and Jacobsen. They are co-captains along with Kopp, a junior.
“We are going to miss our two bearded seniors,” said Kopp.
Anderson, asked about the emotions of his last home meet, said, “It was awesome to pull away like that and finish with a bang. Our coach told us before the meet it would be a big upset if are won. (I feel) just happiness right how that we pulled it off.”
Elk River 96, Andover 84
200 medley relay — (1) Andover 1:45.32 (2) Elks 1:47.01
200 freestyle — (1) Colton Corthell, And, 1:56.31 (2) Owen Musgjerd, Elks, 2:01.64
200 individual medley — (1) Nick Kopp, Elks, 2:08.80 (2) Jack Rodman, And, 2:13.70
50 freestyle — (1) Spencer Hlavachek, Elks, 22.89 (2) John Gendreau, And, 24.04 (3) Chris Thorndahl, Elks, 24.40
Diving — (1) Andrew Bronshteyn, Elks, 259.40 (2) Ben Arnold, And, 227.55
100 butterfly — (1) El-Hammamy, And, 1:00.07 (2) Ben Kopp, Elks, 1:00.39 (3) Brandon DeValk, Elks, 1:06.26
100 freestyle — (1) Hlavachek 50.13 (2) John Kemp, And, 51.61 (3) Derek Jacobsen, Elks, 53.41
500 freestyle — (1) Zack Kopp, Elks, 5:33.60 (2) El-Hammamy 5:35.44
200 freestyle relay — (1) Elks: N. Kopp, Thorndahl, Musgjerd, Hlavachek, 1:35.15 (2) Andover 1:37.35
100 backstroke — (1) Rodman 57.99 (2) Jake Kohorst, Elks, 58.61
100 breaststroke — (1) N. Kopp 1:06.66 (2) Gendreau 1:07.28
400 freestyle relay — (1) Elks: Kohorst, Thorndahl, Andrew Weisgram, B. Kopp, 3:43.56 (2) Elks 3:48.13