Maple Grove takes 2nd in section team
The Maple Grove boys’ swim and dive team is the Section 5AA runner-up and qualifies six swimmers to the Minnesota AA State Championship Meet Feb. 28 to March 1 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Four of the swimmers went a “perfect four,” qualifying in all four of their events. Senior captains Aaron Dabson and Dan Ebert, junior Brenner Hohenstein, and senior Mike Rouleau each qualified for state in four events, including the 400 freestyle relay, which the four swam together.
Dabson and Hohenstein, along with seniors Andrew Wong and Alex Robb, placed third in the 200 medley relay with a state qualifying time. They were the Crimson’s first state cut of the meet. Dabson went on to swim three lifetime best swims in the meet, placing second in the 100 butterfly, and anchoring the 200 and 400 freestyle relays with blazing fast times. He is seeded ninth in the 100 butterfly at state.
Ebert qualified for state in the 200 individual medley, placing fourth with a state qualifying time. He also qualified in the 100 breaststroke, with a second place finish and state qualifying time. Both swims were his fastest of the season. Ebert was also a member of the second-place 200 and 400 freestyle relays that are going to state.
Hohenstein was on the state qualifying 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, and qualified as an individual in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. He finished third with a state cut in the 200 IM, and won the 100 breaststroke, with a section 5AA and pool record setting time. He is seeded second in the 100 breaststroke going into the state meet. In 2013, Hohenstein was the state runner-up in the event.
Rouleau is the section champion in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke events. He was also on the state-bound 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Rouleau’s times in his individual events were his best of the season, and his 100 backstroke time set new section 5AA and pool records. He is seeded fourth at state in the 200 freestyle and is the top seed in the 100 backstroke. Rouleau was also honored as the Section 5AA Swimmer of the Year, by vote of all the coaches in the section.
Two more Maple Grove seniors qualified for the state meet in individual events: Matt Strauss placed fourth and achieved the qualifying time in the 500 freestyle, and Alex Robb swam a state qualifying time and placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
Compete Crimson Results
200 Medley Relay: Wong, Hohenstein, Dabson, Robb (3)
200 Freestyle: Rouleau (1), Strauss (6), Abe Vrudny (11), Graham Ganser (14)
200 Individual Medley: Hohenstein (3), Ebert (4), Wong (5), Zach McLain (12)
50 Freestyle: Ryan Thompson (6), Nate Haines (14), Dillon Tews (28), Peter Goncharov (31)
Diving: Laurence Dickerson (9)
100 Butterfly: Dabson (2), McLain (12), Max Loy (19), Thompson (24)
500 Freestyle: Strauss (4), Vrudny (9), Alex Patton (10), Ganser (11)
200 Freestyle Relay: Rouleau, Ebert, Robb, Dabson (2)
100 Backstroke: Rouleau (1), Wong (6), Loy (15), Parker Brown (16)
100 Breaststroke: Hohenstein (1), Ebert (2), Robb (5), Patton (13)
400 Freestyle Relay: Rouleau, Ebert, Hohenstein, Dabson (2)
State swimming competition for Maple Grove begins with preliminaries Friday, Feb. 28 and concludes with finals Saturday, March 1. Both sessions begin at 6 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.