by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
It is hard to imagine that Brenner Hohenstein once was told that he had to pass swim lessons before he could swim competitively.
“I have been swimming since I was 8 years old,” recalled Hohenstein, a junior standout on the Maple Grove swim and dive team. “I was introduced to the sport by my sister when she started swimming. I thought it was interesting, and my parents were willing to sign me up if I passed my swim lessons.”
Needless to say, Hohenstein passed those swim lessons with flying colors because he is now one of the top high school swimmers in the state.
Once he was allowed to swim competitively, Hohenstein has enjoyed success at every level. He made the Maple Grove varsity team in eighth grade. Since then, he has been one of top performers on the team.
“Brenner is a great young man,” Maple Grove coach Ron Jacobsen said. “I knew he would be a good swimmer, but he has really worked hard over the last two years to put himself in the position he is right now.”
Hohenstein’s natural talent and work ethics have propelled him to among the elite in state swimming. A strong all-around swimmer, Hohenstein excels at the breaststroke. Last season, he qualified for the state meet and finished second in the 100 breaststroke.
“Being second in state as a sophomore should be a surprise to anyone,” Hohenstein said. “The experience was great, but all the training I had went through that year had made it possible for me to compete at that level.”
Last year’s success motivates Hohenstein to set very high goals for his junior season.
“I have many goals, one being the champion in the 100 breast,” he said. “Last year also, the Maple Grove medley relay just made it in, and that was an even better experience. That finish in the relay got me going, so another goal is to help out the relays as much as possible. Swimming is as much as a team sport than it is individual.”
There is no off-season for Hohenstein. Outside the high school season, he continues to swim and train.
“I do swim year round with the club team of NHCP,” Hohenstein said. “I also stay healthy by running sometimes or going for bike rides. Cross training is very important for swimming because while in the water, our joints do not get worked like when running, resulting in injuries.”
“Brenner works very hard and is very coachable,” Jacobsen said. “He loves to come to practice and always has a big smile on his face. He is usually the first person in the water.”
Hohenstein’s hard work has paid off. This season, he has the fastest time in the state in the 100 breast and he has not lost against Minnesota competition. The only race he did not win was when he took second behind a swimmer from Nebraska at the Maroon and Gold Invitational.
“My training thus far has been great for me and my times have shown,” Hohenstein said.
Hohenstein and the Crimson are looking for a strong section meet and then a successful showing in the state meet.
“I approach every meet with the mindset of winning, or at least trying to my fullest ability,” Hohenstein said. “The state meet is no different, just with more enthusiasm. And also a first place finish would be a great end to this high school season.”
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