Crimson boys earn medals at state swim meet
Hohenstein takes 2nd place in breaststroke
Maple Grove boys swimmers claimed a spot on the medal podium four times at Saturday’s Class AA Swimming and Diving Championship Meet at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center March 2.
After winning the Section 8AA meet the prior weekend and sending three relays and 12 individual qualifiers to the Friday night prelims session, the Crimson returned participants in the 200 medley relay, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke finals on Saturday. They also returned an entry in the consolation heat of the 200 freestyle relay.
Those returning for finals on Saturday night made the most of their opportunity.
In the first event of the meet the Maple Grove 200 medley relay team of Tristan Plante (Backstroke), Brenner Hohenstein (Breaststroke), Aaron Dabson (Butterfly) and Nathan Jones (Freestyle) took fifth with a time of 1:37.71. This was a strong finish after qualifying in eight place the night before.
In the 500 freestyle, Walker Matthews finished the event in a time of 4:43.43 to earn eighth. Next up was the consolation heat of the 200 freestyle relay where the team of Jones, Matthew Ang, Andrew Wong and Plante raced 14th in 1:30.21.
Next up was Plante’s opportunity in the 100 backstroke event. With a time of 52.29 he earned a sixth-place finish besting his Friday night prelim performance by .17 seconds to secure his spot.
Hohenstein gave the Crimson’s strongest performance of the meet in the 100 breaststroke. After qualifying in third, Hohenstein cut an additional .30 seconds to grab second place with a time of 58.39.
Maple Grove finished in 11th place overall out of a field of 45 teams. Coach Ron Jacobsen was proud of his team’s effort.
“We had some great swims tonight and it is a credit to those boys for their dedication throughout the season to finish strong like they did,” he said.
The Crimson will wrap up their 2012-2013 season with their annual banquet March 16. They will celebrate a successful season winning Conference, JV Conference and Section 8AA titles as well as four top eight finishes at the state meet. They will also say goodbye to 11 departing seniors including Zach Anderson, Justin Buksa, Stephen Dennison, Brad Ehlers, Jones, Baker Kuehl, Andrew Leishman, Luke Little, Billy Lyon, Matthews and Plante.
Representing the Crimson in the preliminary session on Friday but not returning for the finals were; Matthews and Matt Strauss in the 200 freestyle, Dan Ebert and Brenner Hohenstein in the 200 IM, Dabson and Plante in the 100 butterfly, Lyon and Strauss in the 500 freestyle and Ebert in the 100 breaststroke. The Crimson 400 freestyle relay of Jones, Ang, Dennison, and Wong also were edged out of a spot in Saturday’s finals despite dropping 1.49 seconds from their Section 8AA performance.