Senior Josiah Fick was honored as the Most Valuable Athlete for the Stillwater boys swimming and diving team at its annual postseason awards banquet on Sunday, March 1 at The Grand Ballroom in downtown Stillwwater.

Fick overcame a back injury that hampered him the second half of the season to capture his second straight individual state championship in diving.

He was joined by several teammates in earning All-Suburban East Conference honors, a list that also includes Alex Kaphingst, Jaden Petersen, Tyson Sonnek, Nick Nelson, Javier Rodriguez, Dylan DeAgazio, Holden Hammerlund, David Beck, Grant Auleciems, Brandon Pott, Jack Baude, Aidan Bloomquist, Brodie Watson and Sam Ciegler.

They helped lead the Ponies to a 9-0 record to claim the program’s sixth straight league championship, running the team’s dual meet winning streak to 55 in a row dating back to the 2013-14 season. Stillwater also collected its ninth consecutive Section 4AA title, which was the team’s 12th in the past 13 years, before placing 11th at the MSHSL state meet.

The Ponies also placed fourth at the True Team state meet, the 15th time in 16 years they have qualified for that event.

A total of 10 Ponies qualified for the MSHSL state meet, covering 10 of 12 events and a total of 13 entries — including all three relays. In addition to Fick, Bloomquist, Watson, Ciegler and Hammerlund also earned all-state honors after placing seventh in the 400 freestyle relay.

A five-time state qualifier, Fick joined 2002 Stillwater graduate John Schmidt as the only two-time state diving champion for the Ponies, program that has claimed five titles overall when adding Steve Hamerski’s state title in 1986.

Not surprisingly, Fick was named the Section 4AA Diver of the Year and coach Carrie Madline was chosen the section’s Diving Coach of the Year.

Madline has now coached four individual state champions who have totaled seven titles when you include Schmidt and gold medalists from the girls team Maggie Keefer (2008 and 2009) and Liz Click (2014).

Stillwater will graduate seven outstanding seniors from this year’s squad, but captured the program’s ninth straight JV conference championship — and 20th in the last 23 years.

Also announced at the banquet is that Bloomquist, Watson, Rodriguez and Keegan Kogl will serve as captains for next year’s team.

Boys swimming and diving

All-Conference: Alex Kaphingst, Jaden Petersen, Josiah Fick, Tyson Sonnek, Nick Nelson, Javier Rodriguez, Dylan DeAgazio, Holden Hammerlund, David Beck, Grant Auleciems, Brandon Pott, Jack Baude, Aidan Bloomquist, Brodie Watson and Sam Ciegler; State qualifiers: Alex Kaphingst, Grant Auleciems, Jack Baude, Holden Hammerlund, Sam Ciegler, Aidan Bloomquist, Brodie Watson, Josiah Fick, Tyson Sonnek and Brandon Pott; Section 4AA Diver of the Year: Josiah Fick; Section 4AA Diving Coach of the Year: Josiah Fick; All-State: Josiah Fick, Aidan Bloomquist, Brodie Watson, Sam Ciegler and Holden Hammerlund; Most Valuable Athlete: Josiah Fick; Captains elect: Aidan Bloomquist, Keegan Kogl, Brodie Watson and Javier Rodriguez.

Contact Stuart Groskreutz at stuart.groskreutz@ecm-inc.com

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