Experience gained at state swim meet

Although no area swimmers made it to the state meet finals, fast times were turned in by many in the state’s quickest pool on the campus of the University of Minnesota Nov. 16-17.

Edina won the overall team title over Wayzata by six points and eight points clear of third-place Eden Prairie.

Andover’s Christina Spanier takes a breath during the 100 buttefly prelims race at the state meet Nov. 16. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Two new records were also set in the state pool including the first event of the finals, the 200-yard medley relay as Edina’s foursome lowered the time by nearly one second to 1:43.97. The previous state record time of 1:44.80 was set by a Rachel Bootsma-led Eden Prairie team in 2010.

The second Minnesota record to fall came in the 500 freestyle as Minnetonka senior Amelia Schilling lowered her preliminary meet time by more than four seconds to 4:48.96.

Cretin-Derham Hall’s Kiera Janzen set the previous record of 4:50.55 in 2008.

• Blaine junior diver Nicole Wieden scored 234.15 points to place 18th in the semifinals of the one-meter diving event. She opened with a 154.40 in the preliminaries to begin the meet in 17th place out of 32 divers.

Bengals junior Rylee Slotsve placed 24th in the 200 medley relay in 2:17.62. Erin Sullivan finished 21st in the 100 backstroke in 59.54, four spots out of qualifying for the finals and less than half a second off the pace.

Blaine’s Rylee Slotsve works her backstroke during the 200 Individual Relay during the preliminary round of the Class AA state meet. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Blaine’s 200 free relay team of Taylor Conger, Sullivan, Slotsve and Jenna Dayton placed 24th in 1:42.11.

The Bengals 400 free relay team of Conger, Dayton, Slotsve and Sullivan edged Andover’s team of Christina Spanier, Maddi Ploeger, Maria McQuillan and Linnea Martens for 21st place 3:47.76 to 3:51.75 in the preliminary round.

• Andover’s 200 medley relay team of Ploeger, McQuillan, Spanier and Martens finished 27th in 1:55.61.

Spanier finished 30th in the 100 fly in 1:00.52.

• Anoka’s Kaitey Springer placed 25th in the 200 free in 2:00.25. Tornadoes senior Eliza Jacobs placed 30th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.17.

• Coon Rapids junior Sam Starke placed 17th in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.25, lowering her seed time by more than three seconds and was less than one second from qualifying for the finals. She also garnered 28th place in the 100 fly in 1:00.17. Ninth-grader Lizzy Giese placed 25th in the 500 free in 5:38.39 and senior Sam Ness was 26th in the 50 free in 26.18.

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