East Ridge boys swimming & diving: Raptors top Edina, take third at Maroon and Gold inviteLast week, the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team continued to solidify itself as one of the best in the state.
By: Patrick Johnson, sports editor, South Washington County Bulletin
Last week, the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team continued to solidify itself as one of the best in the state.
Fresh off its win over Stillwater, the Raptors had two meets last week, a Suburban East Conference dual meet with White Bear Lake and the prestigious Maroon and Gold Invitational, held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
East Ridge made quick work of White Bear Lake, winning 117-64 on Thursday at home, then took third place in the Gold Division (the highest of three levels) at the Maroon and Gold invite. All five of the top five ranked teams in the state – Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, East Ridge and Stillwater, respectively – were in the Gold Division.
East Ridge scored 300 points to finish behind first-place Eden Prairie (708 points) and second-place Minnetonka (391), but ahead of perennial power Edina (295), which was fourth, and fifth-place Rosemount (258). East Ridge also topped Downing Catholic of Iowa, Maple Grove, Stillwater and Mounds View in the meet.
East Ridge sophomore James Tidd broke two East Ridge High School records in the Maroon and Gold Invitational. Tidd placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.75 seconds, which topped the previous record by three seconds.
In the 50-yard freestyle, both Tidd and fellow sophomore Kent Rabideaux broke the East Ridge record of 21.97 held by 2012 graduate Matt Koken. The new record belongs to Tidd, who placed fourth in the event with a time of 21.79 seconds, Rabideaux placed seventh with a time of 21.96 seconds. Rabideaux also placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.09 seconds.
East Ridge opened the meet with a slight upset, placing second in the 200-yard medley relay after being seeded third. The team of Sam Scholz, Tidd, Rabideaux, and junior Ryan Schiferl earned second place with a time of 1 minute 39.10 seconds. Scholz, a junior, repeated the move in his 200-yard individual medley, placing second from his third-seed start, with a time of 1:57.46.
In addition, sophomore Garrett Verhoeven placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.30. Tidd, Schiferl, Rabideaux and Verhoeven earned East Ridge fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:29.88, Scholz placed eighth with a time of 55.34 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Pierce Firebaugh, Aleksander Holleran, Verhoeven and Scholz earned a time of 3:27.44.
During the White Bear Lake meet, the East Ridge swimmers set two new pool records. The 200-yard medley relay team of Scholz, Tidd, Rabideaux and Schiferl set the record with a time of 1:41.11. Scholz also broke the pool record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:1.35. East Ridge took first place and second place in nine out of the 12 events of the meet. White Bear Lake’s only win was the diving competition, in which East Ridge placed second, third and fifth. The other two events, the 100 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay were both won by East Ridge, however White Bear Lake placed second in both. It was East Ridge’s 10th straight dual meet victory, dating back to last year.
East Ridge has two SEC dual meets this week. The Raptors swam against Park on Tuesday, Jan. 8, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, East Ridge heads to Forest Lake on Thursday, Jan. 10, to swim against the Rangers.