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Pomfret sets new school mark at state

Junior Andy Yelken competes in the diving competition Friday at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Championships in Madison. Yelken was the only athlete in either division to compete in both diving and swimming at the state meet. Steve Dzubay photo.

Wildcat senior Roland Pomfret wrapped up his high school swimming career in style by setting a new River Falls school record in the grueling 500 yard freestyle on his way to an eighth place finish at the WIAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Championships Friday night in Madison.

Pomfret cut more than four seconds off his sectional qualifying time and shaved several hundredths of a second off the school record to touch the wall in 4 minutes, 58.81 seconds, at state. Jeff Maxwell of Milton took first in 4:38.48, over 13 seconds ahead of second place Nic Halverson of Kiel.

Pomfret also took 13th in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.49, more than a second faster that his sectional qualifying time from a week earlier. Chase Stephens of Madison Edgewood won the event with a time of 1:41.44, over two seconds faster than runner-up Brian Heiser of McFarland.

Later that night Pomfret teamed up with senior Mike Schorn, senior Navid Rahgozar and junior Andrew Yelken in the 200 yard freestyle relay for a 16th place time of 1:34.67.

Schorn opened the race with a split time of 24.06 seconds over the first 50 yards before Rahgozar followed with a time of 23.84 seconds. Pomfret was timed at 24.02 seconds before Yelken anchored with a time of 22.75.

McFarland won the 200 freestyle relay with a new state record time of 1:26.42.

The Cats' day got off to a rough start when the 200 yard medley relay team of junior Tim Weller, junior Daniel Schraufnagel, Yelken and Rahgozar was disqualified. McFarland also set a new state record in that event with a time of 1:36.36.

Yelken kicked off the Wildcats' weekend at state by competing in the diving competition earlier Friday, placing 14th with a score of 111.2. Yelken, a first-year diver for the Cats, was the only athlete in Division 1 or Division 2 to qualify for the state meet in both swimming and diving.

Twenty-eight teams were represented at this year's Division 2 state meet. McFarland took first with 340.5 points followed by Whitefish Bay with 238 and Monona Grove with 187. River Falls finished 21st with 20 points.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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