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Card boys' swimming and diving: Rooney ninth at state

Alexandria senior Aaron Rooney earned a ninth place finish in the diving competition at the State Class AA meet Saturday, finishing with a total of 356.15 points after standing in fourth following the prelims.

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Patrick Johnson, Woodbury Bulletin Alexandria's Aaron Rooney finished ninth in the finals of the State Class AA diving event at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Saturday. Rooney was in second after the preliminaries and fourth after the semifinals.

Alexandria senior Aaron Rooney earned a ninth place finish in the diving competition at the State Class AA meet Saturday, finishing with a total of 356.15 points after standing in fourth following the prelims.

"Rooney was Alexandria's only qualifier to Saturday's finals," said head coach Mark Storhaug. "Aaron had three dives to determine his fate on the boards.

"He would tell you that two of the three he did were not up to his standards and that resulted in the ninth place finish.

"The prelims for 32 divers were held Thursday night," he said. "Rooney performed five solid preliminary dives and found himself in second place.

"After three additional semifinal dives, he ended the evening in fourth place, which enabled him to advance with the other 15 finalists to Saturday's finale."

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The Cardinals also had individuals in the 200 free, the 100 fly and the 200 free relay, but none advanced.

Sophomore Kris Aaseng competed in the 200 free, senior Bennett Freitage in the 100 fly and Rooney, Freitag, sophomore Eric Moe and senior Chris Vogeler in the 200 free relay.

"Aaseng had a respectable performance in the 200 free (1:51.98), but could not break into the top 16 needed to advance," said Storhaug. "He ended up 22nd.

"Freitag had no better luck in the 100 fly (55.50) as he was 0.8 seconds off his best from the section meet and ended the weekend early with a 19th place showing.

"The 200 free relay team (1:33.11) was the last hope for the Cardinals, but it was not to be as they were off their best by 1.5 seconds and that landed them in 23rd."

The Cardinals finished in 32nd as a team with nine points. Minnetonka captured the team championship with 253.5 points.

The swimmers and divers will celebrate their season on Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. with a banquet at the Jefferson High School cafeteria.

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