Simley senior Nico Losinski has a ritual he runs by the night time earlier than each massive swim meet wherein he competes.
As he lays in mattress, he visualizes every of his races — proper right down to the time he expects to acquire.
However on Saturday afternoon, Losinski managed to exceed even his most optimistic prognostication. The Wisconsin-Inexperienced Bay recruit took residence his third straight Class A state title within the 500-yard freestyle — profitable the occasion in a Class A state-record time of 4:34.46 throughout competitors on the College of Minnesota’s Jean Okay. Freeman Aquatic Middle.
“I visualized like a 4:36,” stated a beaming Losinski, who additionally completed second within the 200 freestyle (in simply his second 12 months swimming it) with a time of 1:38.95. “I didn’t suppose I used to be going to go as quick as I did. That was an enormous shock to me.”
Losinski posted solely the second-fastest time within the 500 in prelims Friday, ending behind St. Anthony Village junior James McCarthy. However he stated that’s nothing uncommon as he makes positive to save lots of his finest efficiency for when it counts most.
“Yesterday in prelims, I didn’t shave and I wore an outdated swimsuit,” he stated. “I used to be simply swimming by prelims principally to get a great spot within the finals. I didn’t put all my effort into it.”
It’s been a wild journey for Losinski, whose first state title got here as a sophomore in 2020 — simply weeks earlier than the complete onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. His second got here final 12 months when the pandemic stored away spectators and competitors consisted completely of timed finals.
So he stated profitable once more this 12 months — earlier than a crowd within the ultimate competitors of his prep profession — meant coming full circle.
“This felt like getting again to regular,” stated Losinski, who got here again to swim a leg of the 200 freestyle relay within the comfort warmth simply minutes after profitable the five hundred. “Final 12 months didn’t actually really feel like state. However coming again now and having the prelims and finals and a crowd right here, it’s lastly feeling just like the state meet once more.”
Losinski was one of many few highlights Saturday that didn’t contain the group from Breck/Blake, which rolled to its sixth consecutive group title on the power of first-place finishes in 9 of 12 occasions.
Breck/Blake completed with a group whole of 495.5 factors. Alexandria was second with 203, and St. Thomas Academy was third with 172. Main the best way for the state champions was 6-foot-9 senior Charlie Crosby, who gained his third straight state title in each the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
His time of 19.57 within the 50 shattered his personal all-class state mark of 19.72 set in preliminary competitors Friday. His time within the 100 backstroke (46.64) fell simply shy of the state file of 46.41 he set in prelims.
He additionally helped lead Breck/Blake to its fifth-straight state title within the 200 medley relay (in a time of 1:29.28) and broke a state file with a lead-off 100 time of 44.10 in his leg of the 400 freestyle relay, which his group gained in a time of three:02.09. Each relay occasions have been Class A state data.
“I got here right here with a imaginative and prescient in thoughts and I feel I achieved most of it,” he stated.
Breck/Blake senior James Pan repeated as state champion within the 200 particular person medley (1:48.12) and 100 breaststroke (54.37), although every time fell simply shy of the Class A data (1:47.90 and 54.16) he set in profitable the occasions a 12 months in the past. Junior Charlie Egeland gained the 200 freestyle in a Class A file time of 1:38.00.
Breck/Blake additionally gained the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:25.61. Freshman Henry Webb gained the 100 freestyle in a time of 45.34.
In the meantime, Chisago Lakes claimed three of the highest 4 spots in diving led by senior Storm Opdahl, who gained the occasion for a 3rd straight season with a rating of 478.15. Junior teammate Jimmy Nord completed third with a rating of 464.20, and senior Tobie Stiles completed fourth with a rating of 440.80.
“We’re all the time pushing one another to get higher,” Opdahl stated. “We’re actually shut as a gaggle. We do all the things collectively even exterior the pool. Our (diving) coach (Brianna McClaskie) all the time tells us how fortunate we’re to have the highest competitors within the state proper right here in our personal room.”