Swimmers gain experience at state meet

While no area swimmers made the Class AA state swim finals, the experience gained by competing against the best in the state made the trip to the University of Minnesota pool worth it.

Blaine's Erin Sullivan cheers on 200 medley relay teammates during the state class AA prelims. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Blaine’s Erin Sullivan cheers on 200 medley relay teammates during the state class AA prelims. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Six new all-time records were set in Class A and AA including all three relays at AA and two Class A relays. The 100-yard freestyle record in Class A also fell.

Wayzata won its first team title ahead of runner-up Minnetonka by 43 points and 54 points clear of third-place Edina.

Osseo was the top Northwest Suburban Conference team, scoring six points to tie for 26th place with Park, Cottage Grove and St. Paul Central.

Andover and Blaine opened the Class AA preliminary meet with 24th and 25th place, respectively, in the 200-yard medley relays. Anoka’s 200 free relay of Maddie DuBois, Morgan Paaverud, Gentry Musgrove and Jessica Colby placed 18th in 1:43.15.

Anoka’s 400 free relay of Katherine Andrews, Musgrove, Grace Sakry and Colby placed 21st in 3:48.01 and Andover was 22nd (Bella Smits, Camille Madsen, Christina Spanier, Ciarah Thoreson) in 3:49.97.

Blaine ninth-grader Alyssa Parsons takes a breath in the 100 freestyle. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Blaine ninth-grader Alyssa Parsons takes a breath in the 100 freestyle. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Coon Rapids senior Sam Starke edged Blaine senior Rylee Slotsve for 18th place in the 200 I.M. in 2:19.52 to 2:20.58.

Smits, an Andover freshman, placed 18th in the 100 backstroke in 58.72 and 20th in the 50 free in 24.78.

Sakry, an Anoka eighth-grader, placed 29th in the 100 fly in 59.57 followed by Starke in 34th place in 1:03.13.

Anoka’s Colby was 25th in the 100 free in 55.54 and Blaine ninth-grader Alyssa Parsons was 26th in 56.62. Parsons was 26th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.18.

Bengals sophomore teammate McKenzie Johnson was 23rd in the 500 free in 5:25.97.

Blaine senior Erin Sullivan was 24th in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.14.

Blaine's McKenzie Johnson in the 500 free. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Blaine’s McKenzie Johnson in the 500 free. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Blaine’s diving trio of senior Nicole Wieden, junior Kellie Pruitt and eighth-grader Abigail Egolf-Jensen made the state semifinal round after impressive finishes in the opening round.

The three placed ninth-12th in the preliminaries, led by Wieden’s score of 157.60. Egolf-Jensen was 10th with a score of 157.15 and Pruitt was 11th with 155.40.

Panthers in Class A

Spring Lake Park sophomore Sara Carmean swam a personal best 100 back time of 59.67 to win the consolation finals and was quick enough to place sixth in the championship race. She began state with a time of 1:01.21 to place 12th in the prelims.

Spring Lake Park's Sara Carmean, middle, looks back at the start of the 100 backstroke. Photo by Bill Jones

Spring Lake Park’s Sara Carmean, middle, looks back at the start of the 100 backstroke. Photo by Bill Jones

Coach Greg Kugler said Carmean swam so quickly on the laps that she scrubbed speed on the turns as a result. She corrected herself for the finals and the results showed.

Senior diver Ryann Lynch placed 24th with a score of 117.70 points, less than four points away from qualifying for a top 20 finish and a spot in the semifinals.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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