Orioles sink Pirates as freestyler breaks oldest school swimming record
Nolan Vander Ploeg broke Osseo’s oldest swimming record to highlight the Orioles’ 95-67 home win against Park Center Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Vander Ploeg, a junior, achieved his historic feat in the 500 freestyle when he set a new winning record time of 4:51.09. He shattered the old record that has stood since 1979 by over 2 seconds.
Breaking long-standing record is nothing new for Vander Ploeg. Last season, he qualified for the state meet along with teammates Josh Nelson, Charlie Christianson and Tim van Laarhoven. They became the first Osseo state qualifiers in over a decade.
Josh Nelson qualified in the 200 medley relay (back), 100 freestyle, and 100 backstroke. He was the 5AA Section champ in the 100 freestyle.
Christianson made it in the 200 medley relay (breaststroke), Vander Ploeg conmpeted at state in the 200 medley relay (fly), 200 freestyle, and 500 freestyle.
Tim van Laarhoven qualified in the 200 medley relay (free) and 100 breaststroke.
The four, along with Dylan Croonquist, are the top returning swimmers.
They are joined by a group of promising newcomers in sophomore Jake Rear (100 butterfly), eighth grader Joe Nelson (200 IM and 100 butterfly) and junior Ben Gerber (100 backstroke).
The Orioles are off to a good start and are looking to continue to build on last year’s success.
“We have not had state qualifiers for over a decade until last year,” Osseo coach Marshall Abramhamson said. “We now have four state qualifiers returning to the team this year. We hope to continue to build the team and achieve our goals.”
Against Park Center, Osseo dominated the meet and took first place in the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, and 400 free relay.
In other events:
Tim van Laarhoven took first in the 200 individual medley and first in the 100 Freestyle.
Sam Bethke took first in diving.
Sam Smith took first in the 100 backstroke.
Kyle Pederson took first in the 100 breaststroke.
George Chronakos took second in the 200 freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle.
Isaac Lessard took third in the 200 freestyle.
Brad Rasmussen took third in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle.
Ben Gerber took third in the 100 freestyle and second in the 100 backstroke.
Dennis Pham took third in the 500 freestyle.
Jake Rear took third in the 200 individual medley and second in the 100 butterfly.
Dylan Croonquist took second in the 50 freestyle.
Joe Beaman took third in the 100 backstroke.
Charlie Christianson took second in the 100 breaststroke.
Nolan Vander Ploeg took first in the 50 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
Josh Nelson took second in the 200 individual medley and first in the 100 Butterfly.
Joe Nelson took first in the 200 freestyle.
The Orioles return to action in the Maroon and Gold Invite Saturday, Jan. 5 at the University of Minnesota.