Boys swimming and diving: Gulon, Swenson compete at Class A state championships

Detroit Lakes' John Gulon and Perham-New York Mills' Blake Swenson put up some of their best times of the season at state on Friday and Saturday.

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Detroit Lakes' John Gulon swims the 100-yard backstroke in the consolation heat during the Class A state swimming championships at the University of Minnesota on Mar. 5, 2022.
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MINNEAPOLIS – Detroit Lakes senior John Gulon put a bow on his high school swimming career on Saturday at the Class A boys swimming and diving state championships.

Gulon finished 13th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.79. His preliminary time of 55.02 on Friday broke his school record set a week earlier.

Breck-Blake’s Charlie Crosby won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 46.64. He shattered the state record, and was just over a second off the national record set by Ryan Murphy from Jacksonville, FL in 2012.

Perham-New York Mills also had a swimmer compete at the state tournament. Freshman Blake Swenson was just 0.05 off of his seed time with a 17th-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle. Swenson took in his first ever state tournament appearance with a time of 23.06.

“We had the opportunity to watch some really great races during the finals, with Blake doing it right and asking questions about what makes the top swimmers so fast and how he can adopt those things,” Yellowjackets’ head coach Jensen Grimley said. “He made a game plan for the off-season and next year. The entire Yellowjacket team had a phenomenal season, and we can’t wait to see what these boys do next year.”


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Perham-New York Mills' Blake Swenson, middle, competed in the 50-yard freestyle at the Class A state championships on Mar. 5, 2022 at the University of Minnesota.
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Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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