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East Ridge boys swimming & diving: Raptors finish as Suburban East Conference champions

Last Thursday, the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team earned its final win for the season, making them undefeated in dual meets for the year and earning the Raptors the right to call themselves Suburban East Conference champions for the first time in history.

The boys beat the Hastings Raiders, who also went into the meet with no losses, 106-80 for the conference title and the undefeated season.

Hastings won the first two events of the meet, the first time this season that East Ridge has not opened a dual meet with a win. The relay team of Sam Scholz, James Tidd, Kent Rabideaux, and Ryan Schiferl placed second, and the team of Garrett Verhoeven, Alex Heide, Mason Pflieger, and David Scholz placed third. Pierce Firebaugh, Aleksander Holleran, and Tyler Langstraat placed second, fourth and fifth respectively in the 200 freestyle. Sam Scholz earned East Ridge's first win of the night in the 200 individual medley, with a time of 1:59.26. Heide and Schiferl earned third and fifth respectively in the same event. Tidd and Rabideaux earned first and second places respectively in the 50 freestyle, and Pflieger earned sixth place. Tidd broke the school record in the race, setting it at 21.74 seconds.

Max Samuelson and Lafayette Doty earned the second top two finish of the night for the Raptors in the diving competition. Brad Ostrom also placed fourth for East Ridge. Ostrom earned a score of 145.25 points, Doty earned 164.2 points, and Samuelson earned 208.00 points. Samuelson broke his own school record by over 28 points with this performance, the second record of the night.

Hastings took the top two places in the first event of the second half of the meet, the 100 butterfly. Holleran, Schiferl and Joey Trevis placed third, fourth, and fifth respectively. Rabideaux earned the first win for East Ridge after the diving competition, in the 100 freestyle, with a time of 48.28 seconds. David Scholz and Pflieger earned fourth and fifth places as well. Verhoeven won the 500 freestyle next, Firebaugh and Langstraat placed fourth and fifth. In the second relay of the meet, East Ridge placed first and third. The team of Tidd, Sam Scholz, Holleran, and Rabideaux won the event, and the team of David Scholz, Pflieger, Firebaugh and Langstraat placed third. Sam Scholz, Verhoeven, and Trevis placed second, third, and sixth respectively in the 100 backstroke. The 100 breaststroke was the first and only event that East Ridge earned the top three places, with Tidd winning the event, Heide placing second, and David Scholz placing third. East Ridge closed out the meet with a win and a fourth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Holleran, Schiferl, Firebaugh, and Verhoeven won the race, and the team of Trevis, Langstraat, Josiah Vranyes, and Heide placed fourth.

This win earned East Ridge an undefeated regular season, and now the team moves on to their season-ending meets. The junior varsity swimmers will have their meet on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Stillwater Junior High. The varsity swimmers will have their season ending meet at the section meet the following week, and possibly moving on to the state meet the week after. Sections will also be at Stillwater, and state will be at the University of Minnesota.