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East Ridge boys swimming & diving: Raptors place fourth at Woodbury Invitational

Mitch Coutu and the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team finished in fourth place at the Woodbury High School Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 18.

Sam Scholz is only a freshman. But he swam like a veteran Saturday at the Woodbury High School pool as he earned two medals and two personal records in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, helping East Ridge earn fourth place at the Woodbury Invitational. His 200 freestyle time of 1:57.06 gave him a half-second win over Richfield's Mohab Eid.

Scholz and Eid then went neck and neck in the 500 freestyle with Eid touching the wall first by one one-hundredth of a second to finish in 5:17.97.

Scholz also helped two of the Raptors' relay teams to fourth-place finishes, to make for an impressive day, said coach Luke Weyandt.

"We had a lot of best times today, and Sam's performances were very impressive all the way around," Weyandt said.

The Raptors finished fourth in an eight-team field, just two points behind Woodbury, which did not go unnoticed.

"We almost beat them, but there is a lot of good swimmers over there," Weyandt said. "It's a fun rivalry."

Other strong individual performances for East Ridge included: Justin Kong's sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (23.96 seconds), Nate Rabideaux's fourth-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:00.5) and Mitch Coutu's fifth-place finish in the 100 freestyle (57.25 seconds). Additionally, Kent Rabideaux placed eighth out of 22 competitors in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:06.2 and the 200 freestyle relay team of Kent and Nate Rabideaux, Scholz and Kong touched the wall one second behind Woodbury for a fourth-place finish.

Weyandt added that swimmers Joey Trevis and David Scholz looked strong in the 500 freestyle.

Next, East Ridge is at Hastings on Thursday, Jan. 6 for a conference dual meet.