Crimson swimmer Buck wins third at state

Maple Grove junior Erin Buck is all smiles after receiving the third-place trophy in the state 100 backstroke.

Maple Grove junior Erin Buck is all smiles after receiving the third-place trophy in the state 100 backstroke.

Maple Grove state swimmers gather for a team photo at the U of M Aquatic Center.

Maple Grove state swimmers gather for a team photo at the U of M Aquatic Center.

Maple Grove’s Erin Buck knew what she needed to do. The junior swimmer qualified for finals at the State Championships in the 200 freestyle less than three-quarters of a second from the all-time Crimson record set in 2002 by Kristin Carlson.

Buck placed 10th in prelims; the following night at finals, she led from the first 25 yards, won her heat, placed ninth and tied the school record with a personal best time of 1:52.76.

“My mom told me to swim 1:52.76 and I did,” Buck said with a smile.

She smiled a lot that evening, as she went on to swim another personal best time in the 100 backstroke, placing third in the state, with an all-American consideration time of 56.24.

In her last race of the night, Buck joined teammates Kristina Rudin, Hennessy Locsin, and Molly Hebzynski for a 12th place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.  The four swimmers combined to swim more than a second faster than they did in prelims.

The Crimson’s 200 medley relay and individual swimmers Hebzynski and Rudin swam at prelims as well.  The medley relay of Buck, Emily Sjolander, Hebzynski, and Rudin placed 21st.  Rudin, a senior, placed 18th in both the 50 and 100 freestyles, and Hebzynski, also a senior, placed 32nd in the 100 butterfly.

The team placed 17th overall and will celebrate their season success at a banquet in early December.

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