The Austin Packers boys swimming and diving team traveled to Northfield Friday and again on Saturday to take part in the Section True Team Meet, and it was the Packers coming in 7th with a total of 799 team points, as Head Coach Ryan Kelly reported that after Power Points adjustments, the Packers moved ahead of New Prague in the final State rankings, but the squad will miss the cut for State by four places. Moving on to the State True Team Meet Saturday were the host Raiders, who took first with 1,372 team points, followed by Simley with 1,131 team points and Mankato East/Loyola with 1,128 points.
Top finishers for Austin Saturday included the team’s 200 medley relay team of Winston Walkup, Lucas Meyers, Joey Hillkin and Kenny Cabeen, who took third with a time of 1:45.93, freshman Brent Dahl was third in the 500 freestyle Saturday with a final time of 5:09.45, and Dahl also took fourth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.45.
Kenny Cabeen earned a fifth place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.64 seconds, Joey Hillkin was fifth for the Packers in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.96, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Kenny Cabeen, Lucas Meyers, Joey Hillkin and Brent Dahl took third with a time of 1:35.79. Winston Walkup finished third in the 100 backstroke Saturday with a final time of 58.17, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Walkup, Dahl, Hunter Peters and Zach Evenson took fifth with a time of 3:36.50.
The Packers are back in action Thursday evening as they travel to Rochester John Marshall to take on the Rockets in the Big 9 Conference, with the action scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. that evening.