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2013 Year in Review: Raptors boys swim team finishes sixth in state

The upstart East Ridge boys swimming and diving team made waves in 2013.

The East Ridge boys ended the year riding a current 16-meet win streak. The Raptors went unbeaten last season and won the Suburban East Conference championship, then went on to place sixth at the 2013 Class AA state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center last March.

East Ridge finished in sixth place in Class AA.

The Raptors scored 120 points as a team. Defending state champs Eden Prairie, regarded as one of the best teams in state history, surprised no one by winning the state title with 344 points.

“The quality of swimming in this state has just gotten faster and faster the past few years and it really showed at this year’s state meet,” East Ridge head coach Steve Webb said at the time. “It’s exciting to see. Minnesota is becoming a very good swimming state.”

Despite the competition, the Raptors finished with six all-state finishes at the meet.

The East Ridge 200-yard freestyle relay team earned the Raptors’ highest placement, taking fourth, then-junior Sam Scholz earned fifth place in the 200-yard individual medley and then-sophomores Kent Rabideaux, James Tidd and Garrett Verhoeven placed in the top seven in their respective events.

Verhoeven swam to an all-state finish in the 500-yard freestyle, then got back in the pool for the next event — the 200-yard free relay — helping the Raptors take fourth place with a time of 1:27.39. Tidd, Scholz and Rabideaux also comprised the Raptors’ relay. In the first event of the night, the Raptors’ 200-yard medley relay team of Scholz, Tidd, Rabideaux and junior Ryan Schiferl kicked off the meet with a sixth-place finish.

In the third event of the meet, Scholz took fifth in the 200 IM. Then, in the 100-yard freestyle, Rabideaux earned seventh place with a time of 47.80 seconds. Tidd delivered the Raptors’ final all-state finish of the evening, taking seventh place in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Prior to the state meet, the Raptors earned eight first-place finishes and took second three times in the section meet’s 14 events.

Tidd and Kent Rabideaux each qualified for the state meet in the maximum four events and Scholz and Verhoeven each qualified for state in three events.

-Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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