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East Ridge boys swimming & diving: Raptors win 24th straight conference meet

Pierce Firebaugh and the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team won their 24th consecutive regular season dual meet last week in beating the Roseville Raiders. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)

The East Ridge boys swimming and diving team won its 24th consecutive regular season dual meet last week when it traveled to take on the Roseville Raiders. East Ridge won the meet 120-66.

East Ridge, ranked third in Class AA and the defending Suburban East Conference champions, won two out of three relays and eight individual events.

The first individual event of the night, the 200-yard freestyle, was swept by the Raptors. Senior Sam Scholz won the event, senior Ryan Schiferl placed second and junior Aleksander Holleran placed third. Junior James Tidd won the next event, the 200-yard individual medley, followed by fellow junior Pierce Firebaugh in second place and eighth grader Jared Firebaugh in fourth.

Roseville earned first and second place in the 50-yard freestyle, with East Ridge senior David Scholz taking third place, sophomore Tyler Langstraat earning fourth, and sophomore Alex Heide earning sixth. East Ridge divers Max Samuelson, Lafayette Doty, and Brad Ostrom earned second, third and fourth place respectively.

East Ridge began the second half of the meet the same as the first, sweeping the first event, the 100-yard butterfly. In the 100 fly, junior Kent Rabideaux won the event, Sam Scholz placed second and Schiferl placed third. Junior Garrett Verhoeven won the 100-yard freestyle, followed by Pirece Firebaugh in third place and Holleran in fifth. Tidd earned his second individual win of the night in the 500-yard freestyle, followed up by Heide in second place and senior Joey Trevis in fourth. East Ridge scored two relays in the 200 free relay, which was won by the team of Rabideaux, Schiferl, Pierce Firebaugh, and Sam Scholz; while the team of Heide, Jared Firebaugh, Holleran and sophomore Connor Lisowski took third place. Rabideaux won his second event of the night immediately after the relay win when he won the 100 backstroke. Langstraat and Jared Firebaugh also earned second and fourth place respectively. Roseville again earned first place in the 100 breaststroke, with David Scholz earning second, Verhoeven earning fourth, and junior Josiah Vrannyes earning sixth. East Ridge only had two 400 freestyle relays compete, and the two teams earned first and second place. The event was won by the team of Tidd, Langstraat, Heide, and Verhoeven, followed less than half a second later by the team of Sam Scholz, Schiferl, David Scholz and Rabideaux.

East Ridge has their last dual meet of the season this week, on Friday when they will take on Forest Lake. After that, the boys have a week off before the post-season meets: Junior Varsity Conference, sections and state begin.

—Emily Benson