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Brian Wierima / Forum Communications Co., Published March 03 2012

Detroit Lakes' Oak wins event at Minnesota state swimming meet

MINNEAPOLIS – There was an extra set of eyes watching Detroit Lakes senior Quillan Oak as he prepared to swim in the 100-yard breaststroke finals Saturday inside the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

Propped up against the basket behind the starting blocks was a picture of Oak’s aunt Debi Lynn Krueger, or better known as “Aunt Debi”, who passed away this past year and who was a big supporter of her nephew throughout his swimming career.

Oak didn’t disappoint swimming in his aunt’s memory, winning the 100 breaststroke at the Minnesota state swimming and diving championships.

“I set the picture toward the pool so she could watch the race,” Oak said of his special moment before the breaststroke. “She was my motivation, and she always told me to be the best I could be.

“I’m glad she had a bird’s-eye view of this one.”

Oak started strong and ended just as well with an automatic All-American time of 56.73, just .36 off from the state record.

A fast start set the stage for Oak’s first state title, as he held off Dassel-Cokato junior Eric Dahlseng by pulling away in the final 25 yards.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better race,” Oak said. “I was very happy with my time.”

Even before Oak lined up on the starting blocks, DL head coach Rian Heimark saw how confident his senior swimmer was.

“He took command right from the start,” Heimark commented. “He had a 26.94 for his first 50 and came back with a 30.73 on his second. You only can do that if you are very talented.

“But Quillan wanted this one so bad.”

By the time Oak made his final touch to end his race, he already knew the state gold was his.

“I turned around and looked up and just put my finger in the air,” Oak stated.

Fergus Falls finished in fifth place in the Class 1A team standings. The Otters were the defending state champions.

Fergus Falls sophomore Joe Kitzman finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.49 seconds.

In Class 2A, Wyatt Johnson was Moorhead’s lone representative at the state meet.

The Spuds senior earned a fourth-place finish in 1-meter diving with a score of 365.75. Sean Leverton of Blaine won the event at 431.80.

Eden Prairie won the Class 2A team title with 314.5. Johnson’s effort netted the Spuds a total of 15 points.

Class 1A

Team scores: St. Thomas Academy 330, Monticello 204, Breck-Blake 193, Richfield 189, Fergus Falls 152, Fridley 122, Red Wing 113, Detroit Lakes 91, Grand Rapids 89, Montevideo 86, Hutchinson 82, Sartell-St. Stephen 77, Willmar 75, Benilde-St. Margaret’s 60.5, Simley-Inver Grove Heights 60, Chisago Lakes Area-Lindstrom 52, Mankato East-Loyola 43, Orono 34, Faribault 32, Virginia 31, Mound-Westonka 30, Alexandria 30, Hibbing 25.5, Dassel-Cokato-Litchfield 23, Chaska 15, Spring Lake Park 14, Hill-Murray-Maplewood 14, International Falls 12, Austin 11, Mankato West 10, Mesabi East 9, Duluth Denfeld 7, South St. Paul 7, Park Rapids Area 1, Melrose-Sauk Centre 1.

Note: Winners and area finishers

200 medley relay: 1, BB (Foster, Blaese, Sun, Erickson) 1:34.83. 5, FF, (Kitzman, Jones, Sterger, Fisher) 1:40.19. 8, DL (King, Oak, Olson, Krengel) 1:41.33.

200 freestyle: 1, P. Fair, Monticello, 1:40.75. 2, Oak, DL, 1:44.62.

200 individual medley: 1, Foster, BB, 1:53.27. 9, Mouritsen, FF, 2:02.94.

50 freestyle: 1, Johanns, ST, 20.75.

1 meter diving: 1, Nordlund, SSS, 359.35. 13, Rust, FF, 279.30. 14, Aasness, FF, 271.65.

100 butterfly: 1, P. Fair, Monticello, 49.35. 4, Kitzman, FF, 52.49. 13, Sterger, FF, 56.11.

100 freestyle: 1, Johanns, ST, 46.34. 5, Fisher, FF, 48.04.

500 freestyle: 1, Alms, RW, 4:41.10.

200 freestyle relay: 1, Monticello (Lahr, J. Fair, Teicher, P. Fair) 1:26.11.

100 backstroke: 1, Foster, BB, 49.34. 9, Kitzman, FF, 55.34. 16, Smythe, PRA, 57.47.

100 breaststroke: 1, Oak, DL, 56.73. 7, Jones, FF, 1:00.76.

400 freestyle relay: 1, Monticello (Lahr, J. Fair, Topp, P. Fair) 3:09.79. 3, DL (Olson, King, Krengel, Oak) 3:14.53. 6, FF (Mouritsen, Kitzman, Sterger, Fisher) 3:18.36.

Wierima writes for the Detroit Lakes Tribune