The Bemidji High School boys swimming and diving team distributed team awards during a virtual banquet on Sunday.
After runs to the state meet, junior Aiden Saari and sophomore Brooks Matetich were named co-MVPs. Saari placed 14th in the diving finals, while Matetich came in 18th in the 100-yard butterfly prelims.
Senior Kolden Michalicek won the Hardest Worker award, while sophomore Max Brown won Most Improved. Quinn Knott earned the Rookie of the Year award, as well.
Freddie Petrowske, Sunny Charakuru and Michalicek leave the program as departing seniors, while Jaxon Leindecker, Braden Olson and Saari were named captains for the 2020-21 season.
Brooks Matetich of the Bemidji High School boys swimming and diving team placed 18th in his Class A state meet debut on Friday at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Matetich finished the 100-yard butterfly in 55.96 seconds, jumping up two places from his seed time. The sophomore finished the first lap in 25.38, which ranked 14th out of 22 swimmers, and completed the second lap in 30.58.
“He dropped more time,” Coach McRae said, in comparison to Matetich’s section results. “It was fantastic. He moved up two spots and keeps dropping (time).”
Aiden Saari capped off the season for the Bemidji High School boys swimming and diving team with a 14th-place finish in the Class A state diving finals at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
“I completed all my goals for this season,” the junior said. “My main goal was to win sections and get top 16 at state, and I achieved that. Coming in 14th place, I was pretty happy.”
Saari held firm to his 14th-place positioning from the semifinals, tallying a final score of 304.9 with his last three dives on Saturday.
Storm Opdahl of Chisago Lakes took the Class A diving title with a 470.15 score.
Breck/Blake ran away with the team title with 342 points. St. Thomas was second at 232, while Sartell-St. Stephen (218), Winona (210) and Alexandria (167) rounded out the top five. Thanks to Saari, BHS placed 32nd with three points.
Once Saari returns to the pool for his senior season in 2020-21, he hopes that this weekend’s debut sets the standard as he tries to get back.