The 2012 –13 boys swim and dive season is under way and the Maple Grove Crimson is on a quest for a 17th consecutive conference championship. The reigning Northwest Suburban Conference champions are coached once again by Ron Jacobson, who is now in his 11th year as Crimson head coach.
This year’s edition of Jacobson’s squad is led by captains Justin Buksa, Stephen Dennison, Nathan Jones & Billy Lyon. The captains say this year’s team goals are to once again be conference champions, win the JV Conference title and to achieve a team GPA of 3.75.
The boys started off the season on Dec. 7 with a tough loss to perennial powerhouse Edina but rebounded the next day to take first place against their 10 conference opponents in the Northwest Suburban Conference Relay Meet. The Crimson followed this up with dual meet conference wins against Armstrong, Blaine and Andover.
Maple Grove hosted Eden Prairie (2012 state champions), Edina, Mounds View and Wayzata in front of a packed house at the sixth annual Karol Carlson Invitational Dec. 15. The Crimson finished in third place. The team’s annual Toys for Tots drive was conducted at this meet and between team and competitor donations, coach Jacobson’s car was filled with toys for those in need.
Next up for MG was the annual Maroon & Gold swim meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Jan. 5. The Crimson competed in the 1- team premier Gold division against the likes of Eden Prairie, Edina, Stillwater, Cretin Derham Hall, Mounds View and Minnetonka.
The Crimson had five top eight finishers in the meet. Dan Ebert finished seventh in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.87. Walker Matthews took eighth in the 500 freestyle with a time 4:59.15. Tristan Plante took fourth place in the 100 backstroke with a time 55.04. Brenner Hohenstein finished third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.42 and Dan Ebert was not far behind with a time of 1:03.13.
Next up for the Crimson will be a home meet with Blake/Breck and St. Michael/Albertville Friday, Jan. 11, in the Maple Grove Junior High pool.