The Stillwater boys’ diving and swimming team is expecting a repetition of their earlier performance in Class AA True Team state meet on Sunday at University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Ponies ended 3rd in this well known event one year ago that matched the program’s earlier best performance from back in the year 2008. This would be the tenth edition of True Team state meet and Stillwater has finished in 8th of the earlier nine while never lying lower than 7th.
Eden Prairie outdistanced 2nd place holder Minnetonka as well as 3rd spot holder Ponies one year ago. The Skippers fall in Wayzata among the list of top competitors going in the contest this year. Brian Luke, the Ponies coach, stated that they were 3rd previous year so hopefully they could at least repeat that 3rd or maybe move up. Still this is hard and they were looking forward to this.
True Team format that scores all 4 of a squad’s entries in every event lets Stillwater to contest against teams which could have more all state caliber swimmers at the top of a team. The Ponies coach added that they have been very lucky over the years to have huge teams. They carry quite a large number of athletes compared to other teams as well as after you grind on those huge numbers the past few years they have been able to maximize their depth. The internal team contest begins to drive that thing and this is really fun to be a part of.
There was some excitement among men’s and women’s diving and swimming teams after their performance in Frank Elm Invitational. The event took place at the Rutgers University Aquatic Center from 22nd November to 24th November. The Dragons did not come home with a 1st spot finish, but they proved themselves as valid contestants in Colonial Athletic Association.
Frank Elm Invitational this year showcased several top squads throughout the country. The invite included 9 sides – Boston University, Saint Peter’s University, the University of Massachusetts, Villanova University, West Chester University, Wagner College, the U.S. Military Academy, Columbia University and Drexel: Rutgers.
The men’s squad concluded the event with a 3rd spot finish, with 1450 points. They were just behind Rutgers and the Lions of Columbia, who finished in first place. The women came in sixth place overall with a total of 849 points.
The event started on 22nd November, at 10 am with the preliminary races that were followed by one and three meter diving preliminaries. Swimming Fans were on their feet once the clock hit 6 pm as it suggested the relay races time.
As for Drexel divers, men’s one meter diving competition happened with women’s three meter. Diver Madison Kramer had 250.10 score in the preliminaries and a 242.90 score in finals for a 4th spot finish. David Sanchez was third, He registered a preliminary 265.85 score as well as a 258.15 final score.