Sharks at state

Published 8:39 am Monday, April 2, 2012

The pictured Tigersharks are, from left, front row: Carter Simon, Jaeda Koziolek and William Taylor. Back row: Emily Taylor, Louis Wagner, Phillip Wagner and Derek Wagner.

The Albert Lea Family Y Tigersharks swim team sent 16 swimmers in 34 different events on Feb. 12 to the state Family Y swim meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Ten Tigersharks earned medals, including 10-year-old Carter Simon, who placed first in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard breastroke.

Jaeda Koziolek and William Taylor each placed in the under-8 division. Koziolek placed third in the 50 free, fifth in the 25-yard breastroke and sixth in the 25-yard freestyle. Taylor placed fourth in the 25-yard backstroke, shaving more than three seconds off his seed time.

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Emily Taylor placed eighth in the 50 free in the under-10 division, and Byrn Williams placed second in the 50-yard backstroke in the under-12 division.

In the under-14 group, Sara Rasmussen cut nearly four seconds off her seed time to place sixth in the 200-yard freestyle. She also placed sixth in the 500-yard freestyle.

In the same division, Ahnika Jensen and Bailey Sandon placed seventh and fourth, respectively, in the 200-yard individual medley, and Sandon added a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

Phillip Wagner placed second in the 50 and 100 free and third in the 200 free.

The team’s oldest participant, Derek Wagner, who swam in the under-18 division, was seeded sixth but placed second in the 50 free. He also placed second in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.

The Tigersharks competed in the Family Y regional swim meet on March 11-12 at the Rochester Recreation Center. Among 563 swimmers, the Tigersharks sent seven and came home with 17 top 16 finishes and nine in the top eight.

Koziolek placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 100 and 50 free, and Simon placed first in four events and second in another.

Wagner also placed, notching third in the 200 breaststroke and in the top eight in three other events.