Edina, MN - The Boy's Swimming & Diving Team had a great Section Meet on Saturday, February 25, 2023. Originally scheduled as Prelims and Finals, the Prelims on Thursday, February 23, 2023 were canceled due to the snow storm. After many emails, phone calls, text messages, and zoom meetings, it was decided that the meet would be Timed Finals on Saturday. The team is small this year with no seniors. We have eleven guys total and only nine of them competed at Sections. They have worked hard and refused to let their size or the schedule changes affect how they were going to swim!
At the meet, the Raiders swam very well! They finished in sixth place behind the Champion Edina Hornets and runner-up St. Louis Park Orioles. CDH had 21 total swims and 95% of those swims were either lifetime or season bests! This is the best that the Raiders have ever done as a team at a championship meet!
Individually, Junior Captain Matt Baumberger '24 finished in second place in the 200 Individual Medley (IM) with a time of 1:56.64. His time beat the State Qualifying Time of 1:57.59. In addition, in the 100 Butterfly, Matt won the event in a time of 51.53 again beating the State Qualifying Time of 52.40. Swimmers that make the State qualifying time or finish first or second at Section Finals go to State. Matt was determined to make it to State and he made sure he did so by achieving two qualifying times! Please see the results section of our webpage for the entire set of results from the meet.
The Raiders made some additional waves outside of the water too. For the 18th year in a row, our team earned an Academic Section Award! We were named a Silver Team for earning a GPA of 3.72. Swimming and Diving teams with GPAs of 3.50-3.74 earn Silver Status. It is our 11th Silver Academic Award since the award program began during the 2004-2005 school year. The other seven awards we have earned were Gold Status for having a GPA of 3.75 or higher!
Finally, special congrats to Assistant Coach Hannah Zobitz (CDH Class of 2013) as she won Assistant Coach of the Year as voted by the Coaches in our Section!
Matt now advances to the Class AA State Swimming and Diving Championships held this weekend (March 3-4, 2023) at the U of MN Aquatic Center. This is the ninth year in a row that we have sent someone to State and the twenty-sixth time in the last twenty-seven years that CDH has competed at State!
Friday, March 3rd is the swimming preliminaries and they will start at 6 PM. Saturday, March 4th is swimming and diving finals and they will begin at 6 pm as well. Going into the meet, Matt is seeded 9th in the 200 IM and 11th in the 100 Fly. The top 16 swimmers in Prelims will advance to finals on Saturday.
If you are interested in following Matt's progress this weekend, there are a lot of different options for you to catch the action.
Tickets: If you are interested in attending the meet, please use this link: https://www.mshsl.org/tickets. Remember we are in Class AA. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at noon (12 PM).
Streaming: If you would like to stream the meet, you may purchase access here: https://prepspotlight.tv/MSHSL/StateTournament
Meet Mobile: You can follow all of the action on your iOS or Android device. Download the Meet Mobile app and search for MSHSL Class AA State Meet.