By Rob LaPlante
Crow River News Sports
“The Dream Team” is a phrase used to describe St. Michael-Albertville’s top swim relay team.
Senior’s Brandon Richardson, Sam Konsor, Noah Dalluge and sophomore Grant Moser make up this relay tandem. Each also played a key role in the Knights finishing in ninth-place – the highest finish ever for any STMA boys’ swim/dive team at state.
The Knights scored 88 points and finished ninth out of 43 qualified teams. Going in, head coach Tom Guillou was aiming for a top-10 finish.
“I’m very pleased,” Guillou said. “The hard work in practices and everything we worked for all year really paid off.”
Many STMA personal and school records were broke at state. But one member of the “Dream Team” enjoyed state finals day the most.
Dalluge’s time of 21.12 in the 50 freestyle was second to only Eden Prairie’s repeat champion Aaron Greenberg’s gold-medal winning time of 20.65. Despite finishing as runner-up, Dalluge said he was extremely pleased with his silver medal.
“Greenberg is a fast dude,” said Dalluge, who will swim at the Division-I level next season at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “My goal all season was to finish in second place. So I’m really happy with my finish.”
Dalluge is the first STMA boys’ swimmer that will swim at the Division-I ranks. He follows the path of his head coach, Guillou, who was an all-conference swimmer at the University of Minnesota.
“He’s the top finisher at state for the boys,” Guillou said. “We have a good group of swimmers and some are more versatile than others. But Noah really stepped up as an anchor on the relays and he proved to be one of the top swimmers in the state.”
Dalluge finished 14th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.51. He also helped anchor both relay teams to the podium as well. The 200-freestyle relay earned a fifth-place medal with a time of 1:27.48. The 400 freestyle relay placed seventh with a time of 3:14.28.
Other Knights who swam well at state was senior Eli Guillou. His time of 1:00.59 in the 100 breaststroke was a personal best and good for ninth place.
“Eli’s time was just short of finishing all-state,” Tom said. “That was his best swim of his career and to win the consolation meet is a great way for him to finish his high school career.”
Moser (53.59) finished in 14th place in the 100 butterfly. The time set a new school record.
The top 10 finish at state was especially gratifying being they edged Maple Grove, who finished 11th with 75 points. Top-ranked Eden Prairie ran away with the title scoring 344 points with Edina finishing a distant second at 237.
“All year we went head-to-head with Maple Grove and came up a bit short to them,” Dalluge said. “To get them at the end where it counts the most feels pretty sweet.”
STMA finished the season as repeat conference champs and posted an undefeated 8-0 dual meet record. The Knights graduate seven seniors in Dalluge, Richardson, Guillou, Konsor, Max Rooney, Cam Johnson and Leo Hora.
Guillou coaches both the girls and boys teams and said he is looking forward to the upcoming break in his schedule, but admits, he already is thinking of next year.
“I plan on spending time watching my other son, Sammy, play some baseball this spring,” Guillou said. “But I’m always looking ahead to next year. We lose a lot of good seniors and I dare say that next year may be a bit of a rebuilding year. We have a lot of potential and I’m very excited with a lot of great underclassmen coming in.”