Mathias Wong

Burnsville senior Mathias Wong finished sixth in the 100 backstroke at the Section 2AA meet Feb. 25 and missed qualifying for state by .01.

For the second straight year, the Burnsville boys swimming team was denied any state spots.

But Mathias Wong came close for the Blaze — really close.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.