By Jim Rueda
Free Press Sports Editor
MANKATO — You’ll have to excuse Megan Stenzel if she’s a little tired this morning.
The sophomore-to-be at St. Peter High School competed in seven events for the Mankato Mantas Swim Club over the weekend in the AB Finals Meet at Tourtellotte Pool. The 15-year-old characterized it as a successful weekend, recording a number of personal-best times.
“I’ve had some good, fast races here,” she said before her final two events. “This is a great way to stay in shape over the summer.
“This is my third year (in the program). I’ve seen improvement in my times every year so it must be working.”
Teammate Danielle Nack was the lone Mantas’ swimmer to qualify for state Sunday. She reached a championship time in the girls 15-16 100-meter backstroke at 1:12.41. Nack was also first in the 200-breaststroke (3:02.66, A).
A host of other Mantas recorded top three performances Sunday afternoon. Chandra Bouman was first in the girls 15-16 200-breaststroke (3:07.77, B), Jake Bjork was first in the boys senior 100-freestyle (59.82, A) and Bobby Schulte was first in the 100-backstroke (1:07.78 (A-plus).
Schulte placed second in the senior 100-freestyle (1:01.70, A-plus) and Hayden Zeigler did the same in the boys 13-14 100 LC-free (1:04.12, A-plus). Ashley Lager was a runner-up in the girls senior 100-backstroke (1:16.00, A), Nicole Lohman was second in the girls senior 100-backstroke (1:23.76, B) and Abby Mattson was second in the girls 13-14 100 LC-backstroke (1:20.40, B).
Delivering a third for the Mantas was Parker Halldin in the boys senior 100-freestyle (1:00.77, A).
On Sunday morning, Jess Teegan was first in the girls 9-10 200 LC-freestyle (3:02.12, A) and Nick Bjork was first in the boys 11-12 100 LC-freestyle (1:26.84, A-plus).
Dan Egli had a second in the boys 11-12 100 LC-butterfly (1:32.55, B).