Tonka, EP lead All-Lake swimming and diving

Sports Editor

Twenty-seven athletes have been named to the All-Lake Conference boys swimming and diving team for 2016-17, and 18 of them are from either state Class AA champion Minnetonka or state Class AA runner-up Eden Prairie.

Members of the Minnetonka boys swim and dive team celebrate a tremendous performance at the Class 2A state meet. (Photo by Mark Trockman-trockstock.com)
Members of the Minnetonka boys swim and dive team celebrate a tremendous performance at the Class 2A state meet. (Photo by Mark Trockman-trockstock.com)

Leading the selections is Minnetonka’s senior captain, Sam Schilling, who won four gold medals in the state meet. Another state champion from Minnetonka, Corey Lau (100-yard breaststroke), is also on the All-Lake list along with Eden Prairie’s individual state champ, Josh Withers (100-yard butterfly).

Minnetonka set state records in winning the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Erik Gessner, Lau, John Shelstad and Schilling went 1:29.20 in the 200 medley. Shelstad, Joe Hanson, Thomas Pederson and Schilling posted a record time of 3:01.59 in the 400 free relay. Eden Prairie swam a state-record time in the 200-yard freestyle relay with Withers, Nicholas Tullemans, Soren Dunn and Jordan Greenberg swimming 1:23.49.

Two other Lake teams placed among the state’s top 15. Edina took eighth and Wayzata finished 13th.

Edina has five all-conference selections, Wayzata has three and Hopkins rounds out the honor squad with one selection.

Minnetonka won the Lake Conference dual-meet title with a 4-0 record, while Eden Prairie was second with a 3-1 mark.

All-Lake Team

Minnetonka: Seniors Marco Conati, Joe Hanson, Corey Lau, Ethan Li and Sam Schilling, juniors Erik Gessner, Thomas Pederson, John Shelstad and Quinn Yeager and freshman Michael Shelstad.

Eden Prairie: Seniors Michael Genetti, Jordan Greenberg, Peter Hegland, Devin Murphy and Austin Pham, juniors Nicholas Tullemans and Josh Withers and freshman Soren Dunn.

Edina: Junior Ryan Phillip, sophomore Andrew Gray and freshmen Jacob Biscan, Jed Jones and Charlie Webb.

Wayzata: Senior Mason Zarns, junior Brandon Sherman and freshman Casey Stowe.

Hopkins: Junior Avery Martens-Goldman.

Honorable Mention

Minnetonka: Senior Joe Ackerson, junior Jonathan Lesage and sophomore George Thiss.

Eden Prairie: Senior Tommy Heil, junior Adam Nik and sophomore Dan Hudson.

Edina: Senior Charlie Greene, junior Nate Ruegemer and freshman Liam DeMuth.

Wayzata: Seniors Eli Greenblat and Brian Stowe and sophomore Sam Kennedy.

Hopkins: Senior Croix JoliCoeur, junior Ethan Rosenthal and eighth-grader Elliot Berman.

Contact John Sherman at john.sherman@ecm-inc.com