Moving on to the finals
Packers compete in section preliminaries
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS — Austin had three individuals and one relay team qualify for the championship finals after Thursday’s preliminary round of the Section One, Class A, swimming and diving meet.
The first-place through eighth-place qualifiers are in the championship final. The ninth-place through 16th-place qualifiers are in the consolation final.
The top four places from the championship bracket advance to the state tournament. Anyone in fifth to 16th place that meets the state standard qualifying time also gets to go to the Class A State Meet.
Chase Hanko of Austin qualified for the championship final in the 50-yard freestyle event. Garrett Lukes is in the finals for the diving competition. Travis Walsh of the Packers qualified for the championship final in the 100-yard butterfly.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team from Austin is also in the championship final. The Packers team of Chase Hanko, Jaceb Crews, Isaac Van Proosdy and Travis Walsh swam a time of 3:30.99.
Austin had a number of qualifiers make it into the consolation final. The 200-yard medley relay team of Jeremy Srock, Jordan Stasi, Phil Donovan and Jaceb Crews posted a time of 1:51.97.
Walsh swam a time of 1:57.15 in the 200-yard freestyle to qualify for the consolation final. Jordan Stasi made it to the 200-yard individual medley consolation final with a time of 2:18.06. Crews qualified for the consolation final in the 50-yard freestyle.
In the 100-yard freestyle event, Hanko qualified for the consolation final. The Packers had two guys make it into the 500-yard freestyle consolation final. Philip Donovan had a 5:23.31 finish and Matt Sims swam a time of 5:24.63.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Austin qualified for the consolation final. The team of Hanko, Crews, Van Proosdy and Walsh had a time of 1:35.23. Stasi also qualified for the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:10.62.
Section 1A swimming and diving finals will be held on Saturday at Simley High School.