Seven swimmers from the Bemidji High School boys swimming and diving team competed in five events Saturday at the Class A state meet.
The Lumberjacks totaled 16 points, good for 22nd out of 30 scoring teams.
Brooks Matetich delivered the best result for the Jacks during their afternoon session at the University of Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. The junior, and the only BHS swimmer with prior state experience, clocked a time of 22.33 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle to earn 11th place in the event.
Matetich and Son, a freshman, both competed in the 100 butterfly, taking 15th (54.85) and 17th (55.18), respectively.
Son teamed up with senior Jaxon Leindecker, junior Ben Dockendorf and sophomore Walker Erickson in the 400 free relay. The group took 16th with a time of 3:27.33.
Matetich and Dockendorf, as well as juniors Quinn Knott and Aidan Wolf, took part in the 200 free relay. The team was disqualified, however, for rules violations.
Previously, Bemidji senior Aiden Saari finished 11th in the Class A state diving finals on Thursday with a score of 335.7.
Breck/Blake captured the Class A team title with 418.5 points to outpace runner-up Alexandria’s 250.
Aiden Saari brought home an 11th-place finish from the Class A state diving meet Thursday night in Minneapolis. The Bemidji High School senior scored a 335.7 in the finals at the University of Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
Saari’s finals score and final ranking are both improvements from his state debut last season. He placed 14th with a finals score of 304.9 last year as a junior.
Saari caps his high school diving career as a Section 5A champion and runner-up in back-to-back seasons.
Bemidji will be well represented in the swimming portion of the Class A state meet on Saturday, March 20. Seven Lumberjack swimmers qualified for the state meet across five events.
Swimming for Sections 1, 3 and 5 is scheduled to start at noon on Saturday.
Brooks Matetich had a wildly successful Saturday in the pool. Matetich clinched state berths in three events during the Section 5A meet, which featured two individual entries and a relay entry. He placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.51, and he was fourth in the 50 free at 22.49 to beat the state qualifying standard. He also joined Moses Son, Jaxon Leindecker and Walker Erickson on Bemidji’s third-place 400 freestyle relay team that registered a 3:25.51 finish.