The Maple Grove boys’ swim and dive team placed 10th at the True Team State Class AA Meet last Saturday.
Maple Grove received a wild card entry into the meet after finishing second in their True Team Section meet. The True Team State meet is an important meet for the Crimson because it traditionally serves as a celebration of the seniors on the team and their commitment to the program. Each of the seniors gets to swim in the meet, which is held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. For some of the athletes, this meet is the first time they have an opportunity to race in one of the fastest pools in the country.
Maple Grove’s team has 10 seniors this year: Rohnak Banerjee, Aaron Dabson, Dan Ebert, Nate Haines, Zach McLain, Alex Robb, Mike Rouleau, Matt Strauss, Ryan Thompson, and Andrew Wong. Dabson, Ebert and Haines are the team’s captains.
Crimson head coach Rob Jacobsen was pleased with how his team raced. He noted that Alex Robb’s 100 breaststroke was his best time, with a first 50 yards that rivaled his best ever breaststroke relay split.
“Alex spent some time working with (Assistant Coach) John (Stenroos) on it and his work paid off,” Jacobsen said.
Jacobsen also commended Rohnak Banerjee on his 100 freestyle split on the 400 freestyle relay. “Rohnak achieved a goal he’s been after for a while. That was a very good swim for him,” he said.
Each senior raced in at least one individual event and two relays. The True Team format honors the contributions of every team member; every swim is awarded points. Nearly a quarter of the total points earned by the Crimson were from individual swims by the seniors.
The Crimson achieved two event wins. The 200 medley relay team of Mike Rouleau, Brenner Hohenstein, Aaron Dabson and Andrew Wong swam their best time of the season, finishing less than two tenths of a second ahead of Eden Prairie and winning the event. Hohenstein won the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall two and a half seconds ahead of his closest competitor.
The Crimson race Anoka Jan. 31 in the Northwest Suburban Conference Championship Meet at Maple Grove Junior High starting at 6 p.m.