The Maple Grove boys’ swim and dive team, coaches and families gathered Saturday, March 16, for their annual awards banquet. There were many reasons to celebrate with numerous team and individual awards and accomplishments.
Overall the Crimson finished with a 7-2 dual meet record losing only to Eden Prairie and Edina, who finished in first and second place respectively at the 2013 state meet. The Crimson remained unbeaten in Northwest Suburban Conference competition again for the 17th consecutive season and celebrated another conference championship in doing so. Additional team accomplishments celebrated at the event were; junior varsity conference meet champions, Section 8AA True Team meet champions, Section 8AA meet champions and an 11th place finish in the state meet.
Individuals earning All-Conference honors included Nathan Jones, Walker Matthews, Brenner Hohenstein, Tristan Plante, Dan Ebert, Matt Ang, Matt Strauss, Aaron Dabson, Andrew Wong, Stephen Dennison, Alex Robb and Corey Walek. Those receiving All-Conference honorable mention included Graham Ganser, Justin Buksa, Tim Lane, Luke Little and Billy Lyon. Individuals earning All-State honors include Plante, Hohenstein, Dabson, Jones and Matthews.
Individual awards as voted on by teammates included; Most Improved Swimmer: Daniel Guthrie, Junior High, Garrison Boots, Junior Varsity, Tim Lane, Varsity and Laurence Dickerson, diving. Athletes recognized for being the hardest workers included: Ian McNicholas, JH, Chris Orner, JV, Walker Matthews, Varsity and Alec Brochhausen, diving. The athlete recognized for their team spirit was Jones. Hoehenstein and Plante shared the award for the most valuable athlete with voting ending up in a tie.
On the record boards Hohenstein was recognized for a new Maple Grove Senior High, Maple Grove pool and conference record in the 100
breaststroke. Plante and Matthews were recognized for their new pool records at St. Cloud Technical High School in the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle events respectively while participating in the Section 8AA meet.
Lastly, Coach Ron Jacobsen thanked the eleven departing seniors for their dedication and leadership and announced that the captains for the 2013-14 season as elected by their fellow athletes were Dabson, Ebert and Haines. He also reminded returning swimmers and divers that practice begins again in 254 days as they work to defend their numerous season titles again next year.