During the big playoff weekend, the Cambridge-Isanti boys swim & dive team finished in 5th place at the Section 7AA Finals hosted in Coon Rapids. Two Bluejackets– senior Benj Nault-Maurer and sophomore Parker Brown– advanced to this weekend’s Class AA State meet.
In Saturday afternoon’s second event, Nault-Maurer placed 2nd in the 200 Freestyle by a mere half-second over Anoka’s Gerick. Nault-Maurer also competed at State in 2011 on the 400 Free Relay.
On Friday night in the 7AA Diving competition, Brown climbed the ladder to place 4th with 327.1 points, eclipsing 5th-place Croaston of Champlin Park by 25 points. Brown was 9th last year in 7AA Diving.
The Bluejackets had three close calls for additional State berths at sections. The 200 Freestyle Relay of Nault-Maurer, Kyle McCormick, Grant McCormick and Calvin Cicha placed 3rd, just a half-second back of the 2nd-place Anoka foursome. In the 400 Free Relay, the McCormicks, Darren Codner and Nault-Maurer placed 3rd, just 2.6 seconds out of 2nd place. And in the 100 Breaststroke, Cicha took home a 3rd-place medal by finishing 2 seconds out of the runner-up slot.
Anoka won its fifth-straight Section 7AA championship handily over runner-up Forest Lake. More top-10 placers for the Bluejackets at sections were: K. McCormick (5th in the 50 Free, 7th in the 100 Free); G. McCormick (8th in the 200 Free, 7th in the 100 Butterfly); Codner (8th in 50 Free, 8th in 100 Free); Nault-Maurer (4th in 100 Backstroke); and Solberg (10th in 100 Backstroke).
Section 7AA Swim/Dive Finals
Anoka 441, Forest Lake 325, Andover 292, Blaine 271, Cambridge-Isanti 253, Duluth East 210, Champlin Park 197, Coon Rapids 102.
Bluejacket Placers: 200 Medley Relay- (Solberg, Cicha, Taray, Codner) 6th 1:47. 200 Free- Nault-Maurer 2nd 1:51.3; G.McCormick 8th 1:56. 50 Free- K.McCormick 5th 23.2; Codner 8th 24.0. Diving- Brown 4th 327.1; A.Hemmelgarn 9th 257.9; C.Hemmelgarn 13th 230.4. 100 Butterfly- G.McCormick 7th 58.6; Taray 16th 1:04. 100 Free- K.McCormick 7th 51.5; Codner 8th 52.3. 500 Free- Morley 16th 5:42.3. 200 Free Relay- (Nault-Maurer, K.McCormick, G.McCormick, Cicha) 3rd 1:32.3. 100 Backstroke- Nault-Maurer 4th 58.7; Solberg 10th 1:02.1. 100 Breaststroke- Cicha 3rd 1:02.9; Taray 15th 1:09.7. 400 Free Relay- (K.McCormick, Codner, G.McCormick, Nault-Maurer) 3rd 3:24.7.