Boys swimming and diving: Gulon, Swenson headed to state for Detroit Lakes and Perham-New York Mills
The Detroit Lakes and Perham-New York Mills swimming and diving teams compete at the Section 5A meet in Alexandria on Saturday.
ALEXANDRIA – Detroit Lakes senior John Gulon made good on his promise of qualifying for state after missing last year by less than a second.
Gulon was the lone Laker to qualify for the 2022 Class A star tournament with a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday at the Section 5A championships in Alexandria. He finished with a time of 55.18, which shattered the previous Detroit Lakes school record. This is Gulon’s first time at state since the 2019-20 season.
Perham-New York Mills’ Blake Swenson is also headed to Minneapolis in the 50-yard freestyle with a third-place finish. He qualified for state with a time of 23.01. Swenson is the only Yellowjacket to qualify. State begins on Mar. 5 at the University of Minnesota.
Detroit Lakes took fifth as a team with a score of 175. The Lakers had eight top-10 finishes and a couple of close calls for other state berths. The 400-yard relay team of Gulon, Ryan Erickson, Zane Roberts and Micah Barberg took fourth place with a time of 3:41.71. Gulon also took fifth place in the 50-yard free with a time of 23.18.
Gulon, Erickson, Robers and Barberg finished in sixth place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:57.21. Erickson notched a pair of top-10 finishes in the 50-yard free (24.21, 10th) and 100-yard free (54.14, 8th). Micah Barberg capped off an impressive day with a 10th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.27 Lane Yliniemi also took seventh place in the diving competition with a score of 277.
Perham collected six top-10 finishes, including Swenson’s state berth. He also took fifth in the 100-yard back (59.55) and swam in a pair of relays. Bjorn Anderson also took ninth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:45.87.
Perham took seventh place as a team with a score of 128. Alexandria won the section title with a 572. Melrose-Sauk Centre (463) and Fergus Falls (279) rounded out the top three.