Crimson boys’ swim/dive team enjoys success in busy week

Maple Grove’s boys’ swim and dive team wrapped up a three-meet series with their annual intra-squad meet at MGJH last Saturday. The boys were divided into Crimson and Gold squads that were coached by the team captains. Head Coach Ron Jacobsen served as meet official and added some extra challenges — and fun — to some events. The final score was tied and Jacobsen commended the team for their hard work and good swims over the course of three meets in three days.

Last Thursday the Crimson extended their dual meet record to 4-0 with a win over Elk River.

Maple Grove swimmer Mike Rouleau competes in a recent meet. (Photo by Dave Dabson)
Maple Grove swimmer Mike Rouleau competes in a recent meet. (Photo by Dave Dabson)

Crimson teams finished first and third in all three relay events. The all senior team of Andrew Wong, Dan Ebert, Mike Rouleau and Matt Strauss won the 200 medley relay; junior Max Loy and seniors Alex Robb, Ryan Thompson, and Nate Haines finished third.

In the 200 freestyle relay, junior Brenner Hohenstein teamed with Wong, Strauss and Robb to take the top spot, while juniors Alex Patton, Graham Ganser, and Dillon Tews teamed with Haines for third. Wong, Tews, Ganser, and Hohenstein swam to first in the 400 freestyle relay and senior Aaron Dabson, Haines, freshman Abe Vrudny, and Hohenstein took third in the event.

Maple Grove swimmers won seven of eight individual swimming events, and placed all swimmers in scoring position in six events.

Hohenstein, Parker Brown, a freshman, and Ganser placed first, third, and fourth in the 200 freestyle. Wong, Loy and Patton followed in first, third and fourth in the 200 individual medley.

Rouleau and Dabson placed first and third in the 50 freestyle. Sophomore Laurence Dickerson placed second in diving.

In the 100 butterfly, Ebert took top honors, followed by Robb in third and Vrudny in fourth. Strauss, Thompson and Haines took second, fourth, and fifth in the 100 freestyle. Dabson raced to the wall first in the 500 freestyle; Robb touched second in the event, just four heats after racing the 100 butterfly.

The final two individual events of the meet saw two Crimson athletes trading places.   Hohenstein, who has the fastest 100 breaststroke time in Minnesota this high school season, swam backstroke, while Rouleau, the top backstroker in Minnesota this season, swam breaststroke. Hohenstein finished third in backstroke, behind Ebert, a double event winner at the meet. Loy placed fourth. In breaststroke, Rouleau took the top spot, with Patton in second, and senior Zach McLain in fifth.

On Friday, the team traveled to St. Michael Middle School East, where they raced in a triangular meet against the St. Michael-Albertville Knights and the Breck/Blake Bearstangs. The teams entered two individuals or relays in each event, and though the lead changed hands several times early the meet, the Crimson came out on top, winning with 127 points. STMA was second with 104 and Breck/Blake finished in third with 98 points.

Wong and Strauss raced to second and fourth in the 200 freestyle, while Rouleau and Hohenstein finished second and third in the 200 individual medley.

Ebert was the first individual winner of the meet, outracing his competition by three one-hundredths of a second in the 50 freestyle; Robb finished sixth in the event.

Laurence Dickerson, Maple Grove’s only diver at this meet, placed fifth.

In the 100 butterfly, Dabson came in second and Hohenstein followed in fourth. Wong and Ebert raced to second and third in the 100 freestyle.

In the 500 freestyle, Rouleau took top honors, setting a new pool record and out-swimming his competition from the very start. Strauss touched the wall third in the event.

Dabson swam to first place in the 100 backstroke, a full four seconds ahead of the pack, and Vrudny placed sixth. Robb and Patton rounded out the individual events, coming in second and third in the 100 breaststroke.

Crimson relays dominated, with Maple Grove teams winning all three relay events. Wong, Hohenstein, Dabson and Robb won the 200 medley relay.  Wong, Ebert, Dabson and Rouleau took the top spot in the 200 freestyle relay, and Ebert, Strauss, Hohenstein and Rouleau ended the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay.

The Crimson race next at True Team Sections Jan. 18. The team hosts the eight-team meet at Maple Grove Junior High.