Day 2 of the Minnesota state Class A boys swimming and diving meet saw Marcus Benson swim to a runner-up spot on the podium, earn two all-state honors and break two school records.
The Park Rapids senior capped off his fourth and final state meet at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis on Saturday, Feb. 29, by placing fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.63 and finishing second in the 100-yard backstroke in 51.01 to repeat as an all-state swimmer. Those two times also broke Benson’s school records of 1:57.53 in the 200 individual medley set during the preliminaries of the state meet on Friday, Feb. 28, and 51.52 in the 100 backstroke set during last year’s state meet. Benson entered state seeded No. 4 in the 100 backstroke and No. 7 in the 200 individual medley.
Minnehaha Academy’s Andrew Karpenko won the state title in the 200 individual medley in 1:48.92 while Breck/Blake’s Charlie Crosby claimed the state title in the 100 backstroke in 48.51 while St. Thomas Academy’s Ryan Auran was a close third in 51.03.
365体育投注Benson scored 14 points in the 200 individual medley and 17 points in the 100 backstroke for 31 points as Park Rapids placed 22nd in the team standings. Breck/Blake won the state title with 342 points. There were 34 teams that scored points at the state meet.
During preliminaries, Benson finished third in his heat and sixth overall in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:57.53. That broke his school record of 1:58.25 set during a sixth-place finish at last year’s state meet. Karpenko led the field in 1:48.36. Benson qualified for state by winning the Section 5A title in 2:01.04.
In the 100 backstroke, the Park Rapids senior clocked a 51.56 for runner-up honors in his heat and third place overall. Crosby took first in 47.65 while Auran was second in 50.63. Benson’s time of 51.56 just missed breaking his school record of 51.52 set with a third-place finish at last year’s state meet. Benson qualified for state by winning the section title in 52.76.
Benson returned to the podium in both events in his final state appearance. Benson placed sixth in the 200 individual medley in 1:58.25 and third in the 100 backstroke in 51.52 last season. Benson also earned all-state honors in the 100 backstroke in 2018 by placing fifth in 53.83 after placing 11th in 54.94 in 2017.
365体育投注Park Rapids freshman Cameron Runyan failed to advance to the finals during the diving preliminaries on Thursday, Feb. 27. Runyan finished 23rd out of 24 divers with 115.80 points after the first five dives. The top 20 advanced to the semifinal round. Chisago Lakes’ Storm Opdahl won the state title with 470.51 points.