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East Ridge boys swimming & diving: No. 13 lucky for Raptors

The East Ridge boys swim and dive team has now won 13 straight dual meets after sinking intra-district and Suburban East Conference foe Woodbury 128-58 last week.

East Ridge opened the meet with first- and third-place finishes in the 200 medley relay. The team of Sam Scholz, James Tidd, Mason Pflieger and David Scholz won the event with a time of 1 minute, 45.28 seconds, and the team of Garrett Verhoeven, Alex Heide, Ryan Schiferl and Josaiah Vrannyes placed third with a time of 1:52.43. Woodbury's team of Brady Bennett, Eric Westfall, Garrettt Norsten and William Tostenson earned second place with a time of 1:52.00. East Ridge swimmers Pierce Firebaugh (1:51.59), Aleksander Holleran (1:53.62), and Tyler Langstraat (1:59.85) placed first, second and sixth in the 20 freestyle respectively. Sam Scholz, Heide, and Schiferl earned the top three places for the Raptors in the 200 individual medley with respective times of 2:01.97, 2:11.80, and 2:13.86. Times of 22.02, 22.19 and 25.11 seconds earned Kent Rabideaux, Tidd, and Pflieger first and second, and fourth place in the 50 freestyle.

East Ridge's Max Samuelson won the diving competition in the meet. He earned a score of 180.80 points, which broke his own school record of 175.15 points. Lafayette Doty placed third with a score of 144.00 points, and Brad Ostrom placed fourth with a score of 130.40 points.

Firebaugh, Schiferl and Pflieger opened up the second half of the swim meet with first-, third-, and fifth-place finishes in the 100 butterfly, respectively. Firebaugh earned a time of 58.51 seconds, Schiferl swam a time of 1:01.42, and Pflieger swam a time of 1:04.89.

Rabideaux earned his second win of the meet in the 100 freestyle, with a time of 48.94, while Holleran placed second with a time of 52.22 seconds, and David Scholz placed fourth with a time of 54.23 seconds. Verhoeven won the 500 freestyle, Langstraat placed fourth, and Vrannyes placed sixth. In the second relay of the meet, the 200 freestyle relay, East Ridge again placed first and third. The team of Tidd, Rabideaux, Holleran and Firebaugh won the event with a time of 1:33.73. The team of Schiferl, Pflieger, Langstraat, and Vrannyes placed third with a time of 1:41.60. Sam Scholz next won the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.39, Verhoeven placed second with a time of 59.67, and Joey Trevis placed fifth with a time of 1:09.72. Tidd was the final individual winner of the meet, winning the 100 breaststroke, breaking the pool record. He won the event with a time of 1:01.30, almost a full second faster than the previous record of 1:02.14 held by Woodbury standout Greg Norsten. Also, Heide placed second in the event with a time of 1:06.38.

In the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, East Ridge placed first and second. The team of Holleran, Firebaugh, David Scholz, and Verhoeven were seeded first but ended up placing second with a time of 3:31.61. The winning team was made up of Langstraat, Heide, Rabideaux and Sam Scholz, and earned a time of 3:29.44.

This week, the Raptors take on Roseville at home on Thursday, Jan. 24. The meet will be at 6 p.m. at Woodbury Middle School.