Eden Prairie is the heavy favorite to win the state True Team boys swimming title Saturday, Jan. 26, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
The No. 1-ranked Eagles won the Section 6AA True Team title Jan. 19 at the Art Downey Aquatic Center in Edina. Eden Prairie finished with 914 points and placed ahead of runner-up Minnetonka (809) and third-place Hopkins (387).
Eden Prairie will rely on its strong depth in a bid for the state True Team championship. Swimming and diving competition begins at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“We have a very strong and deep squad,” said Eden Prairie coach Kelly Boston. “We want to win the state True Team title, but our bigger goal is to have guys swim different events to help set our lineup for the section meet.
“I was impressed with the performance of our two 200-yard medley relay teams at the Section 6AA True Team meet. We finished one-two in that event and both relay teams achieved times under the state-qualifying standard.”
Eden Prairie’s winning 200 medley relay team consisted of Sam Hansen, Griffin Back, Bryce Boston and Brandt Swanson. The Eagles turned in a time of 1 minute, 37.53 seconds.
Eden Prairie was also second in the 200 medley relay. Members of that unit were Dima Foster, Aaron Greenberg, Kyle Harjes and Mark Moore. The Eagles’ time was 1:38.89.
Mike Solfelt finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:47.09). Jonathan Lieberman was second in the 200 individual medley (1:56.35) and Back placed third in that event (1:58.25).
Aaron Greenberg finished first in the 50 freestyle ahead of second-place teammate Jenia Foster (22.15). Greenberg added a first-place time of 46.22 in the 100 freestyle.
Eden Prairie diver Jordan Greenberg finished third with 386.60 points.
Boston was victorious in the 100 butterfly (51.39). Solfelt was second (52.91) and Harjes placed third (54.51).
Spencer Sathre of EP finished third in the 500 freestyle (4:57.71).
Eden Prairie’s second-place 200 freestyle relay team featured Back, Stephen McMahon, Lieberman and Solfelt. The Eagles’ time was 1:28.77.
Boston notched a victory in the 100 backstroke (53.62). Back was a winner in the 100 breaststroke (59.86). Lieberman finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.54).
Eden Prairie’s championship 400 freestyle team consisted of Solfelt, Lieberman, Boston and Jenia Foster. The Eagles’ time was 3:10.78.
Eagles sting Hornets
Eden Prairie defeated Edina 101-80 in Lake Conference dual meet competition Jan. 18.
Eden Prairie swam exhibition in the final two events after building an insurmountable lead over the Hornets.
Eden Prairie swept the majority of first-place finishes in the meet. The Eagles’ winning 200-yard medley relay team consisted of Hansen, Aaron Greenberg, Boston and Solfelt. Eden Prairie’s winning time was 1 minute, 36.68 seconds.
The Eagles’ Lieberman finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:44.12). Spencer Sathre was fourth (1:50.24).
Greenberg garnered first-place honors in the 200 individual medley (1:53.93). Griffin Back finished third (2:01.04).
Boston was first in the 50 freestyle (21.69). Jenia Foster and Swanson placed third and fourth with respective times of 22.32 and 22.47.
Jordan Greenberg finished first in diving with 213 points.
Jenia Foster placed first in the 100 butterfly (52.88). Swanson finished second in that event (54.19).
Aaron Greenberg was first in the 100 freestyle (47.50) and Sathre placed third (50.61).
Lieberman finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:40.02). McMahon took third (5:02.90).
Eden Prairie notched a first-place time of 1:28.45 in the 200 freestyle relay. Members of that relay were Solfelt, Swanson, Lieberman and Back.
Boston achieved a first-place time of 52.71 seconds in the 100 backstroke. Teammate Hansen was third (55.48).
Eden Prairie’s junior varsity squad defeated Edina 130-55.
Eden Prairie swims against Lake Conference rival Minnetonka at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Oak Point Intermediate School pool.
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