The Maple Grove boys’ swim and dive team opened the 2013-14 season with a 93-92 win over the host Edina Hornets last week.
The meet began with Maple Grove winning the 200 medley relay as the team of senior Mike Rouleau, junior Brenner Hohenstein, and senior captains Aaron Dabson and Dan Ebert set the pace for the meet, touching the wall seven seconds ahead of Edina’s top relay team.
Senior Andrew Wong won the next event, the 200 freestyle, and senior Matt Strauss finished third.
The Crimson went 1-2 in the 200 individual medley, with Rouleau taking first and Hohenstein second.
Ebert raced to third place against fast Edina sprinters in the 50 freestyle and junior
Corey Walek won diving, edging out Edina’s top diver by less than a point.
Aaron Dabson had the night’s closest race, as he tied for first in the 100 butterfly.
In the 100 freestyle, Ebert took second as he faced Edina’s top sprinters once again.
Rouleau swam to his second win of the meet in the 500 freestyle, outpacing his Edina competition by almost 14 seconds.
The all-senior team of Wong, Dabson, Alex Robb, and Strauss gave the Hornets a close race, as they took second in the 200 freestyle relay.
Trailing Edina with two individual events remaining in the meet, the Crimson raced to close the gap in points. Seniors Wong and Dabson took first and second in the 100 backstroke, followed by Hohenstein cruising to first and Robb taking third in the 100 breaststroke.
Going into the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, Edina led by one point. The team of Rouleau, Ebert, Wong, and Hohenstein raced to the finish, touching the wall more than three seconds ahead of Edina’s top relay, scoring enough points to clinch the win by one.
The Crimson next hosts Armstrong Thursday, Dec. 12.