On January 14th the Northfield Boys Swim and Dive team hosted Section 1A schools at home for the True Team Sectional Meet. The True Team Sectional meet differs from the regular Section meet as everyone competing scores. So in the meet if you get last place you get 1 point, second to last gets 2 points, etc… This means that teams with the most depth will be the most successful. Which is one of the things the swim team excels at. Northfield has been able to keep a larger lineup and this has been vital to the teams success. Going into the meet the Gators felt confident. Coach Davis told his athletes, “Were the team to beat, but we still have to compete.” Section 1A is one of the most talented sections in the State. Teams like Mankato East, Simley, and Winona have strong programs and had their eyes on Northfield. However, Northfield showed why they got 3rd at the State Meet last year as they won the meet by over 200 points. This automatically qualified the team to the State Meet.
Highlights from the meet include the Medley Relay of Josh Kraby, Payton Truman, Oliver Momberg, and Jens Kasten getting second. Will Redetske placing second in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Payton Truman clutching first place in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. The winning 200 freestyle relay including Nick Sheglowski, Gabe Heinritz, Jeb Sawyer, and Will Redetske.
This Saturday, the 21 of January, the Gators will compete at the University of Minnesota. Going into the meet they are seeded 3rd. This would be a podium finish and a huge accomplishment for the Gators after graduating a heavy senior class last year. The only schools that are predicted to beat them are private schools Breck/Blake and St. Thomas Academy. This seeds the Gators as the number 1 ranked public school in the state.
Earlier this year I had a nice interview with Swim and Dive Captains Jeb Sawyer and Ben Anderson. We dive deep into the atmosphere of the team, and what the Gators are looking to accomplish this year.