The Eagles went into the home meet with solid expectations for a great result. Head coach Kelly Boston said the team rose to the occasion — and then some.
“I was a little surprised with the number of lifetime/season best times/scores the boys posted against Hopkins,” she said. “We mixed the lineup up a bit giving different guys the opportunity to step up for the team in a varsity position. Each of those guys delivered.”
Boston said, “I was positioned in front of the ‘bench’ and heard over and over that their recent swim was a season best or lifetime best.”
Boston said the team is working extremely hard in practice right now.
“We are at the point of the season in which we are training really hard as we prepare to come down in a few short weeks,” she said. “I am encouraged that they are still competing so well tired.”
Boston called out several notable performances:
- Lucas Johnson: 200 IM
- Abdijabar Guled: 50 and 500 free
- Eric Howard: 50 free /200/ 400 free relay
- Brian Shi: 50 and 100 free
- Drew Ploof: 200 free/400 free relay
- Matthew Lillejord: 50 free
- Luc Merks: 12 second drop in 100 free
- Zach McBeth: 500 free
- Alex Oestreich: diving — lifetime best score
- Nico Allen: 100 backstroke
- Luke Anderson: 100 free
- Ben Ploof: 100 free
- Caleb Singewald: 200 free and 100 backstroke
- Zak Ouachani: 100 backstroke
The Eagles will face Edina High School at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Eden Prairie Aquatic Center in what should be an exciting match-up. The team will also be celebrating its seniors after the meet.
Eagles boys swim and dive doesn’t charge for meet admission, but they will collect donations for Eden Prairie’s PROP Food Shelf at the meet. Attendees are encouraged to bring items from PROP’s most-needed items list to help people experiencing need in our community.
Close meet saw Breck/Blake pass Eagles 50-52
While EP’s divers dominated 1-2 at Blake, the older and smaller facility at the Breck campus presented some unique challenges to the Eagles swimmers. These included slippery starting blocks that made it more difficult to get a grip before diving in, no cool-down pool, and diving and swimming on different days and locations.
Boston said, “It’s an older facility that is getting an upgrade this spring — they are at least getting new blocks.”
Another challenge was that Breck’s smaller pool has only five lanes versus the normal six or eight. This limited the opportunities the Eagles had to score.
“They only scored three in varsity as compared to five in a traditional 6-8 lane scoring situation,” Boston said. “I personally found that a fun challenge for me putting together the lineup as well as for the boys! Nice to mix it up a little!”
Boston gave “a big shout-out to our athletes who had significant in season time drops against Breck/Blake.”
- Ben Ploof: 200 IM and 500 free
- Ayush Kumar: 50 free
- Luc Merks: 50 free
- Punya Pavuluri: 100 free
- Huijae Kim: 100 breaststroke
- Zach McBeth: 100 back
- Charlie Strehl: 100 breaststroke
EP divers scored high at True Team Sections meet on Jan. 14
On Jan. 14, EP divers Yash Dagade and Alex Oestreich traveled with EP’s dive coach, Kelly Derouin, to Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Chaska for the True Team Sections meet.
Senior Oestreich earned first place overall, and junior Dagade scored ninth. Boston said, “We are happy to report that both of our divers got their lifetime best score. Way to go divers and Coach Kelly Derouin!”
Oestreich and Dagade competed against divers from teams from public high schools in Minnetonka, Chanhassen/Chaska, Burnsville, Prior Lake, Waconia, and Shakopee. EP’s swimmers did not compete in this meet.
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