The Woodbury boys swimming and diving team participated in the Maroon and Gold Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

The Royals competed in the bronze division with 12 other teams and finished fifth overall with 346 points. The fourth place team was St. Louis Park and it finished with 391 points.

Woodbury started its morning strong with top performances in the 200-yard freestyle. Tim Rizzo finished second overall with a time of 1:45.48, while Lukas Hruby finished behind him in fourth with a time of 1:51.46. Those two finishes gave Woodbury 40 points right away.

Logan Anderson contributed 18 points as he finished fifth overall in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:13.74. Right after Anderson, Christian Garcia Heublein came up and provided a fourth-place finish for the Royals in the 50 freestyle. He earned 19 points for Woodbury with a time of 23.19.

Liam Earley was on the diving boards for Woodbury and he finished ninth overall with a score of 139.70.

Rizzo was back in the water for the 100 butterfly and finished first with a time of 53.02. Alexander Kim came in after him with a ninth-place finish and a time of 59.46.

Hruby and Garcia Heublein went back in the pool for the Royals in the 100 freestyle and both landed in the top 10. Hruby finished in fourth place with a time of 50.24, while Garcia Heublein finished seventh with a time of 51.45.

Woodbury also added some points in the relays as the Royals placed fourth in the 200 freestyle relay and first in the 400 freestyle relay.

The Royals have a busy upcoming week as they travel to Forest Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. and then travel again to Stillwater on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.


The in-town rivalry came to Woodbury High School on Thursday as East Ridge and Woodbury squared off in the pool.

The Raptors finished on top with a 104-79 final score over the Royals.

It was a back-and-forth battle in the beginning of the meet as East Ridge finished first, third and fifth in the 200-yard medley relay. Woodbury finished second, fourth and sixth in the race.

In the 200 freestyle, East Ridge had the upper hand as Casey McGrath and Ryan Langstraat finished first and third respectively. Lukas Hruby finished in the second place for the Royals.

Tim Rizzo showed his dominance in the 200 individual medley as he finished first overall, but East Ridge's Carter Smith and Jakob Heide finished second and third respectively to gain some points for the Raptors.

Once again, Woodbury finished on top in the 50 freestyle with the help of Christian Garcia Heublein. East Ridge came back though and had Liam Ashton and Brady Sulzbach finish second and third to gain more points at the halfway point of the meet.

Noah Cagle also provided points to East Ridge as he finished first in the 1-meter diving.

Rizzo came back in the pool for the 100 butterfly and finished in first place, but East Ridge had three swimmers finish behind him including William Cho who finished second in the race.

East Ridge got back in the top spot during the 100 freestyle as McGrath finished first, but Woodbury came back with second, third and fourth places including Hruby who finished second in the race.

The Raptors swept the top three spots in the 500 freestyle as Marc Heide finished first and that gave East Ridge a nice boost in points to close out the meet.

Woodbury took first, third and fifth in the 200 freestyle relay, while East Ridge finished in second, fourth and sixth. The Raptors though took second, third and fourth places in the 400 freestyle relay, while the Royals finished in first, fifth and sixth.

East Ridge's Smith and Marc Heide finished one and two in the 100 backstroke, while Woodbury's Arun Madurai and Andy Jang finished three and four.

Cho and Jakob Heide finished first and second in the 100 breaststroke to give East Ridge a handful of points, while Logan Anderson finished third for Woodbury.

Both East Ridge and Woodbury will be competing in the Maroon and Gold Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.