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Woodbury sophomore Will Ho picked up a third-place finish in the consolation 100-yard breaststroke finals on Saturday, March 1, in the state swimming meet. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)

Woodbury boys swimming & diving: Carr, Ho make splash at state

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Woodbury boys swimming & diving: Carr, Ho make splash at state
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

A pair of Royals made sure their season lasted a day longer.

Woodbury sophomore Will Ho picked up a third-place finish in the consolation 100-yard breaststroke finals on Saturday, March 1, in the state swimming meet.

“It’s good to know that all of the hard work I’ve done over the season has paid off,” Ho said.

Ho raced for a time of 1 minute in Saturday’s consolation finals. Ho said he swam the first 50 yards of the race more conservative and went hard on the end.

“It didn’t work out exactly,” Ho said.

Ho had a 59.77 in the preliminaries on Friday, Feb. 28 for 11th place overall. While the time got him into the consolation finals, it still came short of the school record.

“We had a high goal for Will to break the school record, which is certainly a high goal for a sophomore, but we’ll take the step up getting into 59 for the first time and representing us well at the state meet again,” Royals swimming coach Martin Hoven said.

Maple Grove junior Brenner Hohenstein won the 100 breaststroke state championship in 57.08.

Ho swam for the Royals last year a state as well. For next season, he wants to work toward making the top eight.

Brady Bennett, a sophomore, also raced in the 200-yard individual medley at state for the Royals. Bennett took 18th in the prelims with a time of 2:01.51. Bennett qualified for state by dropping his time at sections. Eden Prairie sophomore Griffin Back won the 200 IM state title in 1:52.63.

Woodbury diver Ian Carr, a sophomore, finished with a high enough score to qualify for the finals on Saturday, March 1 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. He hit a score of 144.75 in the preliminaries for 12th place. Carr then posted a semifinal score of 241.25 to secure a spot on Saturday’s final in a tie for 15th.

“I was feeling really great going into Saturday,” Carr said.

In the finals, Carr had a finals score if 318.3 for 16th. Royals coach Rick Light noted that this year had stiffer competition in Class AA with the 16th being in the 200s last year. Carr turned in the seventh best finish at state by an underclassman. Rosemount senior Dan Monaghan repeated as the state champion with a score of 439.25, edging Minnetonka senior Patrick Quarberg, who had a score of 438.70.

“I was real pleased he was able to dive at that level tonight,” Light said.

Carr also represented the Royals divers on the final day of Light’s coaching career.

“He’s had a lot of impact on me,” Carr said. “He’s been my coach for four years, and he taught me everything and helped me get through a lot of tough dives that I had to do.”

Carr began diving in the seventh grade for the Royals. He reached the state meet in his fourth year of competition.

“This year, I mainly focused on improving dives I knew,” Carr said. “I perfected them, so I was able to score more points on them.”

-Matthew Davis

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