The Maple Grove boys’ swim and dive team took third place at the Karol Carlson Invitational last Saturday. Named for the mother of former Crimson standout swimmers Curt, Cory and Kristin Carlson, the meet attracted a five-team field that featured some of the top teams in Minnesota. Defending state champs Eden Prairie won the meet, followed by Edina in second, Maple Grove third, St. Michael-Albertville fourth and Mounds View fifth.
Maple Grove swimmers had several standout performances in the meet and bested two of the posted pool records in the process. Senior Mike Rouleau broke the first pool record of the meet when he won the 100 backstroke. Junior Brenner Hohenstein followed just one event later with a pool record time to win the 100 breaststroke. Hohenstein also owns the school record in the 100 breaststroke, set at last year’s state championship meet.
In addition to the two record-setting swims, the Crimson recorded top finishes in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle. The Crimson relay team of Rouleau, Hohenstein, senior Aaron Dabson, and senior Andrew Wong raced to first, beating the Eden Prairie team by almost a second. Rouleau also took the win in the 200 freestyle.
Senior captain Dabson swam the third fastest time of the meet in the 100 butterfly, and senior Dan Ebert, also a captain, posted the third fastest time of the meet in the 100 breaststroke. Dabson and Ebert teamed with fellow seniors Wong and Alex Robb to take second in the 200 freestyle relay, and Ebert led off the third place 400 freestyle relay that included teammates Hohenstein, senior Matt Strauss, and Rouleau.
Earlier in the week the Crimson won a home dual meet with Armstrong 90-79. The Crimson took at least two of the top three spots in all three relays and six of eight individual events.
First place relay finishes for Maple Grove came from the 200 medley relay team of Wong, Robb, Strauss, and Hohenstein, the 200 freestyle relay team of Strauss, Robb, Ebert, and Wong, and the 400 freestyle relay team of junior Graham Ganser and seniors Ebert, Nate Haines and Rouleau.
The Crimson touched the wall first in all four freestyle events, and swept the top three spots in three of them. In the 50 freestyle, Rouleau took first and Wong third. Dabson, Haines, and junior Dillon Tews swept the top three spots in the 100 freestyle. Ebert, Dabson, and senior Zach McLain swept the 200 freestyle, and Hohenstein, Wong, and junior Alex Patton did the same in the 500 freestyle.
Strauss and Robb took second and third in the 200 individual medley, Laurence Dickerson was second in diving, and Hohenstein and Strauss placed second and third in the 100 butterfly. Ebert touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke followed by Ganser in third, and Patton took first in the 100 breaststroke.
The Crimson next face Osseo in the Orioles’ home pool Dec. 19.