Winhawk roundup: Swimmers start season with a bang 

FAIRBUALT — The Winona Senior High School boys swimming and diving team wasted little time in making some noise in the pool this season. 

The Winhawks set two pool records en route to beating Faribault 93-71 in a Big 9 Conference dual meet Thursday night on the road. 

“They guys had an incredible night,” coach Chris Mayer said, “and considering this is only our second week, the season is certainly starting on the right note.”

The 200 freestyle relay of Grant Wolner, Alex Jorgenson, Tanner Lozenski and Jack Herczeg swam a 1:29.48 to break a four-year-old pool record. The B relay of Nick Brand, Jon Broas, Jared Loos and Colin White tied the Faribault A team at 1:42.28 for second place. 

Wolner also broke a 10-year-old pool record in the 100 breaststroke by finishing in 58.94. Jon Bros took third in 1:14.94 and Briar Volkman was fourth in 1:17.79. 

That was just the tip of the iceberg.

The 200 medley relay of Broas, Julius Hanson, Brayden Coudron and White won in 1:52.75, and the B team of Ethan Evenson, Volkman, Loos and Brand took second in 1:58.56.

Jorgenson won the 200 freestyle in 1:52.89. 

Wolner, Hanson and Broas went 1-2-3 in the 200 medley with Wolner winning in 2:06.72, Hanson taking second in 2:18.25 and Broas third in 2:21.77.

Herczeg barely missed a pool record in the 50 freestyle, winning in 21.84. Jorge Olvera was third in 25.99.

The Winhawks had another top three sweep in the 100 butterfly with Jorgenson winning in 58.99, Lozenski at an even 1:00.00 and Coudron in 1:02.50.
Herczeg won the 100 freestyle in 47.69.

In the 500 freestyle, Hanson outlasted the field in 5:38.42, while Elijah Vieth was second in 5:41.57 and White third in 5:42.77.

“These three guys will certainly be a trio to be reckoned with during the season,” Mayer said. 

The Winhawks went 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke with Coudron winning in 1:06.00, Evenson second in 1:06.62 and Nelson third in 1:10.76.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Herczeg, Jorgenson, Lozenski and Wolner won in 3:18.92, and the B relay of Hanson, Coudron, Evenson and Nelson took second in 3:53.46.

“These guys are going fast already,” Mayer said. “There are some very high goals this season and with the way these guys are swimming in the first meet, those goals are certainly attainable.”

Winona heads to Menomonie on Monday for a nonconference dual, then will hold its first home meet of the season Dec. 2 against Rochester John Marshall. 

Boys hockey

Owatonna 7, Winona 1: Matt Thesing scored his fourth goal of the season, but the Winhawks (1-2, 0-2) fell to the Huskies, who got two goals a piece from Collin PEderson and Wyatt Oldefendt.

Quinn Larsen had an assist for Winona. Campbell Watkins made 47 saves.


Owatonna 60, Winona 15: The Winhawks, with many wrestlers still working their way into shape, lost their season opener to the Huskies.