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Boys Swimming Team Places 13th; Zheng Wins Two State Titles

The St. Louis Park High School boys swimming team finished its 2020-21 season by placing 13th at the Class AA State Meet on Saturday, March 20 at the University of Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Senior Hayden Zheng capped his remarkable high school career by capturing two individual state championships at the State Meet -- the sixth and seventh state titles of his career. 

Zheng won his fourth consecutive state title in the 100-yard breaststroke with an automatic All-American time of 54.08 seconds. Zheng was even more dominant in the 200-yard individual medley event, which he won for the third consecutive time at the State Meet. His automatic All-American time of 1 minute and 47.36 seconds was more than three-and-a-half seconds faster than his closest competitor. 

Zheng, who will swim for Stanford University next year, also swam the opening leg of the team’s 200-yard medley relay. Zheng, senior Connor Coleman, senior Ben St. Clair and junior Hiro McKee combined to place eighth in the event with a time of 1 minute and 36.03 seconds.

The same quartet of swimmers also combined to place 14th in the 400-yard freestyle relay event with a time of 3 minutes and 13.51 seconds.

Other individual results included junior Andre Barajas’ 15th place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:52.32), St. Clair’s 17th place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (47.87 seconds), and McKee’s 25th place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (52.37 seconds).