Senior Parker Brown and junior Cody Hemmelgarn pulled off the task of finishing at the top of Section 7AA Diving for the second-straight season when the competition was held Feb. 22 in Coon Rapids.
Brown racked up 389.7 points off the board, and Hemmelgarn placed 2nd at 349.45 to both return to the State meet. Fellow C-I divers Tristen Zimprich (311.8) and Taylor Kassa (272.25) placed 6th and 10th for more team points in that event.
The Bluejackets finished in 7th place in the final team standings after the swim events turned into a one-day deal since Thursday’s prelims were knocked out with the ice and snow storm. Anoka rose back to the top of the section by totaling more than 100 points on runner-up Forest Lake.
Junior Josh Minnihan posted the Jacket swimmers highest placing when he finished 6th at 58.4 in the 100 Butterfly, and he was 9th in the 200 IM at 2:11.4. He also led off the 6th-place 400 Freestyle Relay, teaming with Alex Heinen, Gage Maas and Peter Edblad for a 3:34.4 time.
More swimmers earning placing points for the Bluejackets at sections were: Edblad 11th (1:56.5) and Joe Lind 15th (2:00.6) in the 200 Free; Lind 11th (5:22.3), Edblad 12th (5:25.2) and Heinen 15th (5:28.5) in the 500 Free; and Zacharias 15th (1:12.3) in the 100 Breaststroke).
• The Class AA Diving prelims will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 (6 p.m.) at the U of M Aquatics Center. Defending champion senior Daniel Monaghan of Rosemount leads the list of returning medalists. Also back among the competition are Wayzata’s Eric Mitchell (2nd in 2013), Eagan’s Toby Heller (4th), Elk River’s Andrew Bronshteyn (5th) and Wayzata’s Caleb Zarms (8th).
Last year, Brown climbed the ladder to place 11th at his second State meet. Hemmelgarn finished 28th in his first State venture.
Top diving scores after Thursday’s semifinals will return to the Aquatics Center as part of Saturday’s Class AA Finals which also begins at 6 p.m.
Section 7AA Boys Swim & Dive: Anoka 455.5, Forest Lake 352, Blaine 347, Andover 267, Champlin Park 197, Centennial 162.5, Cambridge-Isanti 154, Duluth East 107, Coon Rapids 64.