Beneficial State experience for Tiger swimmers

Nicholas Johnson's quickness in the Freestyle sprints was seen in three Class AA State Meet events.

Nicholas Johnson’s quickness in the Freestyle sprints was seen in three Class AA State Meet events.

A group of Princeton boys swimmers gained great experience at the Feb. 28-March 1 Class A State meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

Junior Nicholas Johnson swam in three events during Friday’s prelims. Johnson placed ninth in the 50 Freestyle at 22.63 and was 16th in the 100 Free at 50:56 to advance in both events.

He then teamed with Ryan Kreft, Bailey Carlberg and Tommy Milam to place 23rd in the 200 Free Relay with the Tigers posting a 1:36.02 time.

“There were definitely some nerves in the air during prelims. Nicholas did not swim as well as he’d hoped, but he made it to finals,” commented Tiger Coach Lindsy Paurus. “The relay had a great time. They didn’t make it to finals, but had a very good race with their second best time. Ryan Kreft had his best-ever 50 Free time with a 24.68.”

Johnson returned to the pool on Saturday and promptly climbed to ninth place in the 50 Free at 22.35. He then closed the season by climbing two spots in the 100 Free to place 14th at 50.11.

Tiger junior Nicholas Johnson

Tiger junior Nicholas Johnson

“Nicholas had a much better day.  He was way less nervous, and it showed,” finished Coach Paurus. “It was a great experience, and I’m excited to see what he does next season. The boys’ goal this year was to get an individual and a relay to State, and they accomplished that.”

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