The Prior Lake boys swimming team faced some of the top programs in the state in the Class AA State True Team Jan. 26.
And the Lakers held their own, finishing eighth with 1,392 points at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Top-ranked Edina claimed the crown (2,731.5), followed by No. 3 Minnetonka (2,664) and No. 6 Wayzata (2,480.5).
Second-ranked Stillwater was fourth (2,386.5), followed by Rochester Mayo (1,565), No. 7 Shakopee (1,522) and No. 9 Lakeville North (1,450.5). Anoka ended up ninth (1,373,5), followed by Lakeville South (1,346.5), Forest Lake (1,339.5), St. Michael-Albertville (1,296), East Ridge (1,161) and Eagan (1,079.5).
Prior Lake was making its fifth trip to state in the last six years. Last year, the Lakers were ninth at the state true team after finishing 10th in 2016. The team's best finish is seventh in both 2014 and 2015.
Prior Lake is back in South Suburban Conference action at home versus Eastview on Feb. 1 and will end the regular season Feb. 5 at Burnsville. Both league duals start at 6 p.m.
At the state true team, seniors Sean Dwyer and Erik Thompson led the way for the Lakers. Dwyer was second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:44.82 and finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:42.13).
Thompson ended up runner-up in the diving competition with 424.35 points.
The Lakers' best relay finish came from the 200 freestyle team of Dwyer, juniors Jaden Chant and Owen Mattila and sophomore Gunnar Anderson. The foursome ended up ninth (1:31.85). The 400 freestyle team of Mattila, Chant, Dwyer and sophomore Tyler Buss ended up 10th (3:21.07).
Buss also had a top-10 finish for the Lakers, taking ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.75). He was also 21st in the 200 individual medley (2:05.09).
Other finishes for Prior Lake: Chant in the 50 freestyle (26th, 23.56) and the 100 freestyle (T25th, 51.94), Anderson in the 50 freestyle (T27th, 23.58) and the 100 freestyle (T25th, 51.95), Mattila in the 100 freestyle (18th, 51.44), sophomore Nicholas Archambault in the 100 backstroke (26th, 1:00.10) and eighth-grader Blake Wallen in diving (26th, 125.45).
The Lakers' best finish in the 200 medley relay came from sophomore Nicholas Wiedemann, eighth-grader Owen Dwyer and ninth-graders Alexander Beck and Levente Szabo. The foursome ended up 34th (1:52.13).
The Section 2AA meet starts Feb. 20 with the prelims and ends Feb. 22 with the finals. Diving is held Feb. 21 and three days are at Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Chaska.
The Class AA state meet starts Feb. 28 with diving. The swimming prelims are March 1 with the finals, including diving, are March 2. All three days at the Aquatic Center.