The last two weeks have been busy and successful for the Maple Grove boys swim and dive team.
The Crimson won the Class 8AA True Team Section Meet Jan. 19 at St. Cloud Tech. The True Team meet was created by coaches and the unique scoring format allows every swimmer to score for their team; “Where Every Athlete Counts.”
With eight teams vying for the right to compete in the State True Team Championship meet, the Crimson came out on top, finishing just ahead of St. Michael/Albertville 1472 – 1422. Maple Grove had eight first place finishes in the meet. Tristan Plante had two individual and two relay team first place finishes in the meet while Dan Ebert had one individual and two relay team first place finishes.
The boys celebrated Senior and Parent Night Jan. 23 by winning their 17th consecutive Northwest Suburban Conference championship with a win over the Anoka Tornadoes, again remaining undefeated in conference dual meets this season. Maple Grove had eight first place finishes in the meet.
Ebert, Aaron Dabson, Nathan Jones and Plante won the 200 medley relay, Jones took the 50 free, Plante won the 100 butterfly, Jones, Ebert, Plante and Stephen Dennison won the 200 free relay, Plante won the 100 backstroke, Brenner Hohenstein won the 100 breaststroke and the team of Andrew Wong, Matt Strauss, Matt Ang and Dennison finished the night by winning the 400 free relay.
The Crimson took the top three spots in the diving competition with Corey Walek finishing in first place. The highlight of the night was sophomore Brenner Hohenstein setting a new pool record in the 100 breaststroke at 59.69 seconds.
After their strong performance in the True Team Sectionals, the Crimson advanced to the Class AA True Team State finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Jan. 26. Coach Ron Jacobsen has a tradition of bringing all his seniors to this meet, giving some an opportunity to swim in the elite pool at the U of M that they may not otherwise get. There were many season and career best times for the boys. Maple Grove finished a respectable seventh in this elite field. Highlights for the night included a fifth place finish in the 200 medley relay by Wong, Hohenstein, Plante and Ang, a fifth place finish in the 100 backstroke for Plante and a third place finish in the 100 breaststroke for Hohenstein.
After one more dual meet against Eden Prairie scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, the team then begins preparing for season ending Section 8AA Meet Friday (prelims) and Saturday (finals), Feb. 22 and 23, at St. Cloud Tech beginning at 5 p.m. and noon, respectively.