The Maple Grove Crimson boys swim and dive team defeated the Osseo Orioles 108-75 in a Northwest Suburban Conference dual meet Dec. 19.
The Crimson took first in two of three relays and seven of eight individual swimming events. The Crimson team showed its versatility with several swimmers racing in events they hadn’t raced yet this season.
Senior captains Aaron Dabson, Dan Ebert, and Nate Haines each had a successful meet. Dabson placed second in the 200 individual medley, first in the 500 freestyle, and was part of the winning 200 medley relay and second place 200 freestyle relay. Ebert won the 100 breaststroke with his best time of the season, placed second in the 100 butterfly, and swam on the winning 200 medley relay and second place 200 freestyle relay. Haines posted a fifth place finish in the 50 freestyle, and swam on the fourth place 200 medley relay, third place 200 freestyle relay and winning 400 freestyle relay.
More Crimson seniors were among the top individual finishers at the meet. Andrew Wong won the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle events; Alex Robb won the 200 individual medley and touched the wall third in the 500 freestyle; Mike Rouleau took first in both the 50 and 100 freestyles; Matt Strauss finished second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle.
Other Crimson top three individual finishes included: Dillon Tews, 200 freestyle — third; Brenner Hohenstein, 50 freestyle — third, 100 backstroke — second; Max Loy, 100 backstroke — third; Alex Patton, 100 breaststroke — second; and Lawrence Dickerson, diving — second.
In relay action, the Crimson dominated. The 200 medley relay team of Dabson, Ebert, Rouleau, and Robb took first, touching the wall more than six seconds ahead of the Osseo second place team. In the 200 freestyle relay, Maple Grove took second and third: the team of Wong, Ebert, Robb, and Dabson touched the wall just ahead of the team of Hohenstein, Parker Brown, Abe Vrudny, and Haines.
In the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, the Crimson finished first and third; Wong, Hohenstein, Haines, and Rouleau teamed up to beat the Orioles by more than a second and the team of Strauss, Tews, Graham Ganser, and Loy touched well ahead of the fourth place Osseo team.
Maple Grove takes to the pool next at the Maroon and Gold Invitational at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Jan. 4.