1/15/2014 11:59:00 AM Rice Lake swimmers set records
Rice Lake’s Logan Jilek competes in backstroke at Duluth meet.
Senior Spencer Marquardt and sophomore Evan Marquardt each medaled twice, and six other swimmers had personal bests as the Rice Lake Warriors placed sixth in a high school swim meet Saturday at Duluth East. Spencer Marquardt set a school record while placing second in the 200-yard freestyle at 1 minute and 53.47 seconds. He was only .34 seconds behind winner David Brunik of Blaine, Minn. Spencer Marquardt also placed third in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.63 seconds. Evan Marquardt took a pair of third places with times of 1:00.83 in the 100-yard backstroke and 2:14.97 in the 200-yard medley. The top three finishers in each event of the eight-school meet earned medals. Sophomore Gary Haack set personal bests in freestyle races of 200 and 500 yards. His time of 2:03.82 in the 200 was good for ninth place. Haack's time in the 500 was 6:02.46. Two Rice Lake swimmers set personal records in the 50-yard freestyle, junior Logan Jilek in 26.85 and senior John Williams in 29.10. Two more Warriors had their best swims in the 100-yard breaststroke. Freshman Ian Pongratz posted a 1:24.92, and sophomore Peter Minx finished at 1:30.28. In the 100-yard freestyle, junior Bennett McCann had a personal best 1:03.60. Besides the Marquardt brothers, Haack's ninth place in the 200 freestyle was Rice Lake only other top 10 individual finish. Two Warrior relay teams placed high. The 400-yard freestyle relay of Evan Marquardt, Haack, sophomore Jake Schoenfuss and Spencer Marquardt placed fifth in 3:38.52. The 200-yard freestyle relay of Schoenfuss, Jilek, Spencer Marquardt and freshman Mark Carlsen placed sixth in 1:42.39. Minnesota schools took the top four places in the team standings, led by Forest Lake and Blaine. Superior placed fifth, one spot ahead of Rice Lake. Rice Lake returns to action Thursday in a Big Rivers duals at Hudson. The Warriors were in their home pool last Thursday in a conference dual. Despite six first places and three school records by the Warriors, visiting Chippewa Falls posted a 93-71 win. Swimming the pool's meter distances, Spencer Marquardt set school records in the 200 medley at 2:24.99 and the 100 butterfly with 1:08.09. The senior took first place in both events. Evan Marquardt broke his own mark in the 200 freestyle by placing first in 2:13.11. Other individual firsts were claimed by Schoenfuss in the 100 freestyle in 1:02.77 and Evan Marquardt in the 400 freestyle in 4:43.87. The Warriors also won the 200 medley relay in 2:07.31, with Haack, Schoenfuss and the Marquardt brothers swimming the four legs. Rice Lake, coached by co-head coaches Bill Bandli and Nick Merkt and volunteer coaches Pat Blackaller and Pete Peterson, has a 15-swimmer roster of four seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and three freshman. Seniors are Spencer Marquardt, Williams, Josh Kurkiewicz and Jacob Weaver. Juniors are Jilek, McCann and Ethan Anderson. The five sophomores are Evan Marquardt, Haack, Minix, Schoenfuss and Alec Ryan-Flint. Freshman joining the team this season are Carlsen, Pongratz and Ryan Pelle.