Maple Grove Crimson Jackson Brown won 1st place in the 500 Free at the state Class AA Boys Swimming and Diving meet on March 19th at the University of Minnesota. Brown’s winning time was 4:28.81. He also placed 2nd in the 200 Freestyle.
Teammate Daniel Baltes took 2nd place in both the 50 Free and 100 Free. Zach Hopp placed 5th in the 100 Breaststroke.
Crimson relay team for the 200 Free placed 3rd in state (Baltes, Jalen Liew, Hopp, Brown). The 400 Free relay team (Baltes, Liew, TJ Palli and Brown) took 4th place.
Liew earned a 16th place finish in the 50 Free, while Gerrit Riekels also took 16th in the Individual Medley event. An 11th place finish in the Medley Relay (Riekels, Liew, Hopp, Palli) also brought in points for the Crimson.
With so many talented Crimson swimmers winning top 16 placements at the state tournament, the team earned enough points to boost them to an overall 5th place finish. With no spectators allowed at the meet this year, the atmosphere was not as energized as in other years. Yet the athletes still pulled off many of their best swims of the year and personal bests.
The Crimson swimmers broke an amazing 5 team records at Friday’s state tournament. A fantastic final meet for this undefeated team that also won their Conference and Section Championships this year.