Standing on Saturday’s championship podium wasn’t new for Minneapolis Washburn senior Max Pratt, but the feeling certainly doesn’t get old.
Pratt finished Saturday’s Class A state boys swimming and diving finals with two second place finishes, taking home runner-up medals in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
“It means a lot,” Pratt said. “It’s not something every kid gets to do. I’m definitely going to remember this for the rest of my life.”
Pratt finished second and third in the 200 and 500 freestyles last year, respectively, and this year he used significant time cuts from Friday’s prelims to Saturday’s finals to bring home both second place finishes.
He cut 10 seconds off his preliminary time in the 500 freestyle, finishing with a 4:42.43 time. Red Wing freshman Tanner Alms won the state championship with by recording a Class A record 4:39.48 finish—breaking a record set in 2004 by Simley’s Scott Lang.
Pratt, who is hoping to swim collegiately next year, said he hopes his younger teammates will get a chance to experience standing on the medals podium in the years to come.
“It’s something I’ll take with me,” Pratt said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to come back and see some of the freshmen on our team here some day, and they’ll know what it’s like to be here. It’s a good feeling.”
MINNEAPOLIS WASHBURN FINALS RESULTS
200 freestyle: 2. Max Pratt (1:44.04). 500 freestyle: 2. M. Pratt (4:42.43).