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Woodbury boys swimming & diving: Royals sink Cretin-Derham Hall, place fifth at Maroon and Gold invite

Last week proved to be a banner one for the youthful Woodbury boys swimming and diving team.

The Royals swam away with a 100-80 Suburban East Conference win over Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, Jan. 3, then took fifth place in the Maroon (second-best) Division of the prestigious Maroon and Gold Invitational, held Jan. 5, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

"The Cretin meet was good to get back racing after the winter break," Woodbury head coach Marty Hoven said. " Then at the Maroon and Gold invite the boys swam the best they have all year. It gave a good boost for the second half of the season."

At the Maroon and Gold invite Woodbury scored 347 points to take fifth. Lakeville South (522.5 points) topped second-place Wayzata (492) for the championship.

Leading the way, Woodbury freshman Mannix Burns earned fifth place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.33 seconds in the finals. Woodbury senior Nate Henning took 10th in the event (23.83) and fellow senior David Khazanovich was 12th (24.00). Burns also took fifth in the 100-yard free with a time of 50.93.

Woodbury freshman William Ho also turned in a fifth-place time, in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 1 minute, 1.95 seconds, while another freshman, Brady Bennett, had a top finish in the 500-yard freestyle, taking fifth place overall with a time of 5:08.16. Fellow freshman William Tostenson also placed ninth in the event (5:14.31.). Also, Bennett and fellow freshman Garrett Norsten led the way in the 200-yard individual medley, taking sixth and 12th, respectively. Bennett's time was 2:04.17. Norsten swam the race in 2:08.22.

Woodbury freshmen William Tostenson and Austin Kinzie finished in 11th and 12th in the 200-yard freestyle, respectively. Kinze led the Royals in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.11 - just ahead of teammate junior Eric Westfall (1:00.18).

Woodbury freshman Ian Carr placed ninth in the diving competition with a score of 140.15 to lead the way in the event.

In relays, Woodbury took seventh in the 200-yard medley relay and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Prior to competing in the Maroon and Gold invite, Woodbury took down Cretin-Derham Hall.

The win over the Raiders improved Woodbury to 2-1 in the SEC on the year.

Against the Raiders, Woodbury won all but four events and finished first, second and third in three events - the 100-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. The Royals mathematically won the meet with two events left.

Burns led the way, taking first place in the 200 free and 100 free and helping the 200-yard free relay team win its race along with Westfall, Henning and Bennett.

In addition, Khazanovich won the 100 fly, Bennett won the 500 free, Kinzie won the 100-yard backstroke, Ho touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke and the team of Bobo, Moen, Norsten and Kinzie won the 400-yard relay.

Woodbury played host to Hastings on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, they go head-to-head with Mounds View - one of the SEC's top teams - on Thursday, Jan. 10, on the road.

"Both are challenging meets and we will try to keep the momentum going," Hoven said.