Boys swimming and Diving: Ponies place eighth at Maroon and Gold Invite

 

Contributed photo by Donald GibbStillwater’s Jon Busse competes in the 200 individual medley during Saturday’s Maroon and Gold Invitational at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Contributed photo by Donald Gibb
Stillwater’s Jon Busse competes in the 200 individual medley during Saturday’s Maroon and Gold Invitational at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — Competing in an event that featured seven of the top 10 ranked teams in Minnesota and the No. 1-ranked team from Iowa, the Stillwater boys’ swimming and diving team placed eighth in the 14-team Gold Division of the Maroon and Gold Invitational on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Eden Prairie racked up 708 points to post a convincing victory over runner-up Minnetonka (391) and the rest of the field. East Ridge followed in third place with 300 points while Edina (295) and Rosemount (258) completed the top five. The fifth-ranked Ponies followed in eighth behind sixth-place Dowling Catholic (253), the top-ranked team from Iowa, and Maple Grove (240).

 

Colin Eason performs a dive for the Ponies on Saturday at the Maroon and Gold Invitational, where he placed sixth with a score of 175.65.

Colin Eason performs a dive for the Ponies on Saturday at the Maroon and Gold Invitational, where he placed sixth with a score of 175.65.

“Actually, that was a very good finish,” Ponies coach Brian Luke said. “We were right in the mix. The guys swam and dove real well and I think that was what they could do.

“That is probably the fastest meet on top. True Team state is pretty good, too, but this meet has some out-of-state people that come in. Between that and the Class AA state meet, those are probably the two fastest meets of the year.”

Stillwater’s highest-scoring event was diving, where Liam Gibb finished in second place with a score of 204.45, just 1.05 points behind winner Daniel Monaghan of Rosemount. Colin Eason followed in sixth place with a total of 175.65.

“Liam had a really good week,” Luke said. “He just missed first and he dove real well under pressure.”

Brady Anderson placed fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.94 and also finished in 55.45 to join Marcus Green (56.55) in placing ninth and 10th in the 100 backstroke. Tom Windett also contributed a 11th-place finish in the 50 freestyle (22.77) and a 12th-place effort in the 100 freestyle (50.23).

“Marcus Green has been working on changing some stuff and it worked out really good,” Luke said. “He had some nice times and is coming around. Windett was nice, too, he’s getting there.”

The top 20 individuals in each event factored into the scoring, but that was not easy considered the strength and depth of the field. Stillwater added a seventh-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (3:23.48) and was ninth in the 200 medley relay (1:43.96).

But while the Ponies weren’t often in the top 10, they also enjoyed strong performances from its third entries or exhibition swimmers in most events.

“I’m kind of looking forward to when we get to the True Team (state),” Luke said. “First we have to get there, but we can go four deep and I think we feel a little better about that. I don’t know about Eden Prairie and some of the standard powerhouses, but I think we can pass up some of those other schools on our depth.”

 

Team standings

1. Eden Prairie 708; 2. Minnetonka 391; 3. East Ridge 300; 4. Edina 295; 5. Rosemount 258; 6. Dowling Catholic 253; 7. Maple Grove 240; 8. Stillwater 234; 9. Mounds View 217; 10. Eagan 199; 11. St. Michael-Albertville 169; 12. Rochester Century 140; 13. Prior Lake 96; 14. Cretin-Derham Hall 49.

Individual results

         200 medley relay — *1. Eden Prairie, 1:34.67; 9. Stillwater A (Marcus Green, Riley Hollerbach, Brady Anderson and Alex Burback) 1:43.96; 20. Stillwater B (Jon Busse, Isaac Swanlund, Max Larson and Lucas Magilke) 1:47.70; 36. Stillwater C (Tucker Naugle, Max Erickson, Charlie Wyffels and Connor Lenander-Tholo) 1:57.66.

200 freestyle — 1. Noah Lucas (MV) 1:42.51; 18. Jesse Busse (St) 1:52.96; 28. Brennan Rosell (St) 1:57.28; 32. Allen Burback (St) 1:57.28.

200 individual medley — 1. Jackson Lindell (Ed) 1:56.57; 12. Max Larson (St) 2:06.18; 21. Dominic Jankowski (St) 2:09.10; 30. Jon Busse (St) 2:11.34.

50 freestyle — 1. Aaron Greenberg (EP) 20.90; 11. Tom Windett (St) 22.77; 20. Marcus Green (St) 23.25; 23. Alex Burback (St) 23.54.

Diving — 1. Daniel Monaghan (Ros) 205.50; 2. Liam Gibb (St) 204.45; 6. Colin Eason (St) 175.65; 14. Anthony Shanley (St) 156.90.

100 butterfly — 1. Bryce Boston (EP) 52.05; 5. Brady Anderson (St) 54.94; 15. Max Larson (St) 57.48; 16. Alex Percival (St) 57.49.

100 freestyle — 1. Jonathan Fiepke (DC) 46.32; 12. Tom Windett (St) 50.23; 22. Alex Burback (St) 52.33; 27. Isaac Swanlund (St) 53.06.

500 freestyle — *1. Noah Lucas (MV) 4:35.68; 17. Dominic Jankowski (St) 5:05.97; 19. Brennan Rosell (St) 5:10.04; 20. Jesse Busse (St) 5:10.56; 30. Allen Burback (St) 5:21.96.

200 freestyle relay — *1. Eden Prairie, 1:25.69; 11. Stillwater A (Alex Burback, Lucas Magilke, Isaac Swanlund and Tom Windett) 1:33.24; 28. Stillwater B (Jesse Busse, Anders Maxwell, Allen Burback and Sam Payne) 1:39.29; 35. Stillwater C (Tanner Call, Spencer Roll, Dominic Theis and John Gribble) 1:43.70.

100 backstroke — 1. Noah Busch (Min) 53.39; 9. Brady Anderson (St) 55.45; 10. Marcus Green (St) 56.55; 16. Jon Busse (St) 58.93.

100 breastroke — 1. Aaron Greenberg (EP) 56.66; 24. Riley Hollerbach (St) 1:07.01; 31. Lucas Magilke (St) 1:10.16; 36. Isaac Swanlund (St) 1:12.02.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Eden Prairie, 3:13.06; 7. Stillwater A (Brady Anderson, Jesse Busse, Marcus Green and Tom Windett) 3:23.48; 20. Stillwater B (Brennan Rosell, Alex Percival, Max Larson and Dominic Jankowski) 3:33.56; 33. Stillwater C (Sam Larson, Andreas Fenner, Eric Bromback and Trey Weisbrod) 3:45.22.

 

* Meet record

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