By Rob LaPlante
Crow River News Sports
The St. Michael-Albertville boys’ swim/dive team is getting used to sharing the same pool water of late with last year’s Class AA state runner-up.
In consecutive weekends, the Knights matched wits with the No. 7 ranked Maple Grove Crimson. Both STMA and Maple Grove were part of the same division a week ago when they participated in the 20th annual Maroon and Gold Invite.
The Crimson finished seventh out of 14 teams in the Gold Division – a division that had seven of the top 10 ranked teams in Class AA. Their 240 points was four finishes higher than the 169 the Knights posted.
The two teams collided again Jan. 11 at Maple Grove for a triangular that also featured Breck/Blake.
In a close battle, the Crimson squeezed by in the final event to win the meet 126-120 over STMA. Breck/Blake finished third with 84.
“That was a classic meet and it came down to the last relay,” said STMA head coach Tom Guillou. “It was decided in the 400-freestyle relay and our guys had good splits. Maple Grove just had a little more left in the tank than we did.”
The Crimson’s final relay time of 3:22.75 edged the 3:26.20 time that senior Brandon Richardson, sophomore Grant Moser, junior Alec Bolme and junior Cole Haeska posted.
The Knights did edge Maple Grove in the 200-medley relay. Senior’s Noah Dalluge, Eli Guillou, Sam Konsor and Richardson finished at 1:41.48.
“That was a nice swim,” Guillou said. “Dalluge had a nice anchor on it and passed the Maple Grove guy in the final lap.”
Other highlights were Moser’s fastest swim of the year (1:49.88) in the 200 freestyle. Dalluge won both the 50 free (22.34) and 100 free (49.59).
The Knights will see Maple Grove for the third time in three weekends when they participate in the Section 8AA True Team Meet this Saturday at St. Cloud Tech. Prior to that, the Knights are at Cambridge-Isanti this Thursday at 6 p.m.
Knights knock off Princeton
The Knights improved its dual meet record to 4-0 on Jan. 10 with a 96-80 win over Princeton.
STMA jumped to a 96-30 lead, clinching the meet in only eight events. Both Moser (50 free, 100 free) and Dalluge (100 fly, 200 free) each won two events. Haeska in the 200 IM and Eli Guillou in the 500 free were also individual winners. The 200 medley relay team was the other winner.