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Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 3/3/2012 10:55:59 PM

By Luke Sleeper

Just like the 1A competition earlier in the day, Saturday night’s 2A boys state swimming and diving championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center seemed to be decided early on. Eden Prairie’s roster is loaded with prime swimming talent, most notably future Iowa Hawkeye Maverick Hovey, who took home four medals.

Hovey won silver in the 200-yard freestyle to go along with a gold medal in the 100-yard butterfly. He was also a member of two winning relay squads, the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

The 200-yard Eden Prairie relay team of Hovey, Aaron Greenberg, Mike Solfelt and Bryce Boston broke a Minnesota all-time record with a blistering time of 1:23.90; a record they had previously set the night before during the preliminary round. Greenberg, a junior, was an individual gold medalist, taking first place in the 100-yard freestyle. Junior Jonathan Lieberman was another medalist for the Eagles, winning a silver in the 500-yard freestyle and bronze in the 200-yard freestyle to contribute to Eden Prairie’s total winning score of 314.5.

Minnetonka and Maple Grove ended the meet in a tie for second place, each amassing 206 points. The Skippers’ Noah Busch took home gold in the 100-yard backstroke and silver in the 100-yard freestyle, while Maple Grove’s Mike Lanz won silver in the 100-yard butterfly and bronze in the 200-yard individual medley. The Crimson also won two relay medals: a third-place finish in the 200-freestyle and a runner-up in the 400-yard relay. Minnetonka’s two relay medals were silver in the 200-yard medley relay and bronze in the 400-yard relay. Kendall Dunn’s bronze in the 100-yard breaststroke also was vital to the Skippers’ runner-up finish.

Strong relay teams and a gold medal-breaststroker led to Rosemount’s fourth-place finish. The medal winning 200-yard medley relay team of Braden McCormack, Jacob Stern, Luke Dowell and Connor Manning broke a Class 2A state record with an impressive time of 1:33.37.

Other winners included 1-meter diving champion Sean Leverton from Blaine and Gregory Norsten of Woodbury, who won gold in the 200-yard individual medley as well as a bronze in the 500-yard freestyle. Mounds View junior Noah Lucas took first place in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events.

Eden Prairie’s 2A championship is the fourth in its history and first since 2005.

--Luke Sleeper is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota



 


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