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Woodbury boys swimming & diving: Freshmen lead way in second-straight Woodbury invite win

Woodbury's starting to make it a habit.

The Royals boys swimming and diving team won its own Woodbury Invitational for the second-straight year, scoring 355 points and blowing its competition out of the water. Orono finished a distant second in the seven-team meet with 231 points.

In the Woodbury invite, which took place on Saturday at Woodbury High School, the Royals had just one first-place finish, but the team's depth through numerous events carried it to victory.

Woodbury freshman William Ho won the 100-yard breaststroke for the Royals with a time of 1 minute, 3.04 seconds - just ahead of teammate Garrett Norsten, who had a second-place time of 1:08.90. Eighth grader Eric Fong also took fourth in the event with a time of 1:14.66.

Fellow freshman William Tostenson took second place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.75) and second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.80).

Another freshman, Brady Bennett, placed third in the 200-yard individual medley (2:08.84). Junior Eric Westfall was fifth in the event (2:12.29) and Norsten was sixth (2:13.06). Westfall also took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00.45, just ahead of freshman Austin Kinzie (1:00.77) who was fifth and Bennett (1:00.95) who was seventh.

Woodbury seniors David Khazanovich and Nate Henning finished back-to-back in the 50-yard freestyle, taking fourth and fifth, respectively with times of 24.08 and 24.14. Khazanovich also earned fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (56.69), while Henning (54.63), Kinzie (54.79) and sophomore Will Bobo (55.71) took sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle. Khazanovich, Henning, Bobo and Bennett also teamed up to take second place in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.68). Woodbury was also fourth in the 200-yard medley relay.

In the diving competition, Woodbury freshmen Ian Carr took second with a score of 256.40.

Prior to winning its own invite, Woodbury was done in by Suburban East Conference powerhouse Stillwater on Thursday. The Ponies beat Woodbury 99-79, mathematically winning the meet with three events remaining.

The meet wasn't without its share of highlights for the Royals, however. Bennett took first place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.96) and was second in the 500-yard free (5:10.33), Tostenson took second in the 200 IM (2:12.03) and in the 100-yard fly (59.64) and Westfall was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.93).

Next, Woodbury plays host to intra-district foe Park on Thursday, Dec. 20.