Rochester has three championship finals qualifiers in Class AA boys swimming and diving
Mayo's Alonzo Montori, Century's Jensen Richard and the Century 200 freestyle relay all earned spots in Saturday's championship finals.
MINNEAPOLIS — Two Rochester individuals earned a spot in the championship finals of the Class AA boys state swimming and diving meet during the preliminary round of Friday as well as one Century relay.
Alonso Montori of Mayo and Jensen Richard of Century both had top-eight finishes in an individual event. Century's 200-freestyle relay placed seventh.
The top eight in each event advance to the championship finals at 6 p.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Swimmers who placed 9-16 will swim in the consolation finals.
"Pretty great and (Saturday) will be fun," Century coach Linda Freeman said.
Montori placed sixth in the 200 freestyle in 1:42.12. He also earned a spot in consolation finals of the 100 freestyle, where he placed 13th.
Richard earned the final spot in the championship final of the 100 backstroke. He was eighth with a time of 52.41.
Century's 200 freestyle relay of Jack Homme, Nathan Kram, Albert Hu and Owen Kelly was seventh in 1:27.28.
Century had swimmers or relays reach the consolation finals in six other events, including Homme in both of his individual events.
Homme was 12th in the 50 freestyle and 13th in the 100 butterfly. He was part of the 400-freestyle relay team along with Andrew Linden, Gavin Potter and Kelly that placed 10th.
Linden, Nathan Zhang, Hu and Kram were in 14th place after the preliminary round of the 200-medley relay.
Potter, a freshman, was in 15th place in the 500 freestyle. He just missed a spot in the consolation finals of the 200 freestyle as he was 17th.
The diving preliminary and semifinal rounds were held Thursday. Century eighth-grader Silas Wagstaff was in 14th place and advanced to the finals on Saturday.
CLASS AA BOYS SWIMMING/DIVING STATE PRELIMS
Rochester state competitors
(Includes prelim finish, time. Top 16 advance to Saturday's final round)
200 medley relay — 14. Century (Andrew Linden, Nathan Zhang, Albert Hu, Nathan Kram) 1:39.44
200 freestyle — 6. Alonso Montori (Mayo) 1:42.12, 17. Gavin Potter (Cen) 1:45.97.
50 freestyle — 12. Jack Homme (Cen) 21.51.
Diving — 14. Silas Wagstaff (Cent) 241.95.
100 butterfly — 13. Homme (Cen) 51.22.
100 freestyle — 13. Montori (Mayo) 47.26.
500 freestyle — 15. Potter (Cen) 4:52.05.
200 freestyle relay — 7. Century (Homme, Kram, Hu, Kelly) 1:27.28.
100 backstroke — 8. Richard (Cen) 52.41.
400 freestyle relay — 10. Century (Homme, Linden, Potter, Kelly) 3:13.24.