The Maple Grove Girls Swim & Dive team repeated as champions of Section 8AA True Team meet on Saturday, October 6th. The team scored a total of 1252 points, closely followed by Buffalo (1066 points) and St. Michael-Albertville (1040 points). True Team competition is based on the idea that every team member’s performance counts toward the team’s score in competition.
Crimson Head Coach, Laura Hebzynski was excited the team defended their title from 2017. “I was thrilled to watch many girls get season best times as well as lifetime best times. The girls have been putting in the work and it showed,” said Hebzynski.
In the first event of the meet, the 200 Medley Relay, the Crimson showed their team depth by placing three teams in the Top 10. The “A” relay team of Ella Sand, Lily Chabica, Brenna McMahon, and Maddie Bast placed 4th, the “B” relay team of Isabella Gruidl, Sammy Soller, Teagan Kautzman, and Ryann Hopp placed 6th and the “C” relay team of Emma Bauernfeind, Layla Vinje, Jessica Bray, and Jenna Holmgren placed 9th.
The Crimson continued earning top ten finishes in the 200 Free with Abbey Cornelius (2nd), Kaitlyn Aarseth (4th) and Paige Levendusky (7th) while Chabica (3rd), Soller (6th) and Gruidl (10th) placed in the 200 IM. The first half of the meet concluded with the 50 Free where Bast finished in 3rd place, Elizabeth Altman finished in 6th place and Bauernfeind finished in 9th place.
Excellent diving performances were received from Nadia Abid placing 4th and Morgan Bosacker placing 6th in the diving competition to keep the Crimson in the lead.
The Crimson continued their strong performances in the second half of the meet with McMahon finishing 4th, Gabriella Yezzi-Woodley 8th and Sand 9th in the 100 Butterfly followed in the next race with Bast placing 4th, Altman 7th and Lauren Buendorf 10th in 100 Free.
In the 500 Free, the Crimson swept the first three places with Cornelius finishing 1st, Aarseth 2nd and Levendusky 3rd.
The 200 Free Relay saw the Crimson relays finish in 4th, 7th and 9th places while the Crimson backstrokers of Gruidl, Bauernfeind, and Sand took 6th, 7th, and 8th in the 100 Backstroke. In the 100 Breaststroke, the Crimson placed all four of their swimmers in the top 10 with Chabica (4th), Soller (5th), Vinje (7th) and Eva Muscatello (9th).
In the final event of the meet, the 400 Free Relay, the Crimson sealed their victory with the “A” relay team of Altman, Cornelius, Aarseth and Soller taking 1st place by less than one second over the Buffalo “A’ relay team.
With the Section 8AA victory, Maple Grove advances to the True Team State meet on Saturday, October 13 at the University of Minnesota. “I look forward to seeing what the team does next,” said Hebzynski.