PREP SWIMMING: Stingrays win 22 individual races and 6 relays
AUSTIN -- Saturday's meet in Austin was Oliver Wolyniec's final chance to swim a qualifying time for the prestigious regional meet -- a goal that all members of the Worthington YMCA Stingrays swim team strive to achieve during the season.
His second-place finish in the boys' 14 & under 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.20 seconds was good enough to qualify, making him the seventh Stingray that will compete in the Regional meet.
In Saturday's four-team meet against Austin, Mankato and Southdale, Wolyniec and his teammates ended the regular season on a high-note by winning 22 individual races and six relays.
Wolyniec added victories in the boys' 14 & under 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke to his impressive meet, and Ben Doeden, Cameron Jenson and Tim Skog all excelled by winning three individual races each.
Doeden won the boys' 14 & under 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly, and also won the boys' 18 & under 200-yard breaststroke.
Jenson won the boys' 12 & under 50-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 50-yard breaststroke, and Skog won the boys' 18 & under 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle.
Wolyniec, Doeden, Levi Blanchard and Adrian Manzo teamed up to win the boys' 14 & under 200-yard medley relay, and the same four teamed up to win the boys' 14 & under 200-yard freestyle relay.
Jenson, Eli Gaul, Bryan Doeden and Justin Paulzine won the boys' 12 & under 200-yard freestyle relay and Jenson, Bryan Doeden, Alex Baustian and Porter Elsing won the boys' 12 & under 200-yard medley relay.
Skog, Matt Sorensen, Gordy Moore and David Etzel cemented Worthington's dominance in the boys' relay events by winning the boys' 18 & under 200-yard medley relay and the boys' 18 & under 200-yard freestyle relay.
Individually, Manzo won both the boys' 14 & under 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, Sorensen won the boys' 18 & under 100-yard breaststroke, Etzel won the boys' 18 & under 200-yard freestyle, Elsing won the boys' 12 & under 100-yard individual medley, Bryan Doeden won the boys' 12 & under 50-yard backstroke.
Blaine Doeden rounded out the list of Stingray winners in boys' individual races by winning the boys' 10 & under 50-yard boys
Macy Barenwald, Nicole Janssen, Sarah Janssen and Madison Neuberger led the Worthington girls by placing in the top-3 in each of their three individual races.
Nicole Janssen won the girls' 18 & under 100-yard backstroke, Sarah Janssen won the girls' 14 & under 50-yard freestyle, and Neuberger won the girls' 12 & under 50-yard breaststroke.
Gracie Barber rounded out the list Stingray of girls winning individual events by taking the girls' eight & under 25-yard breaststroke.
Alex Baustian, Blanchard, Tori Elsing, Kyle Janssen, Gordy Moore, Meredith Moore, Jacob Neuberger, Paulzine, Maddie Shriner and Sophie Wietzema all added at least one top-3 finish for Worthington.
The Stingrays finished second in two girls' relay events, with Tracy Prins, Tori Elsing, Candice Baustian and Sarah Janssen finishing second in the girls' 14 & under 200-yard medley relay, and Meredith Moore, Daniella Flores, Sydney Ponto and Madison Neuberger taking second in the girls' 12 & under 200-yard freestyle relay.
The Stingrays will host the Sectional Meet at the Mankato State University Pool on Jan. 29. All swimmers who have competed in at least three regular season meets are qualified to participate.
The top-3 finishers in each race will qualify for the State Meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis on Feb. 13, with further spots at the meet open for the next top qualifiers.
Head coach Donna Damm said that the Stingrays will be looking to finish in the top-3 at the Sectional Meet in many events, and hope to have several qualifiers for the open lanes.