Andover swim coach Marcia Ford’s message to her young team after the Class AA state swimming and diving meet was simple.
“This is a learning process. This is just the beginning, every year we will do a little better,” she said after the team collected 22 points to place 21st among 34 teams at the final meet of the season.
Pool siblings share the spotlight: Anoka crowned Section 7AA team champions while Andover has a record-breaking day as the two teams that call Fred Moore pool home won 10 of 12 events
For the first time since the 1980s, Anoka’s girls swimming and diving team will be able to hang a section title banner after the team clinched the Section 7AA title, 87.5 points ahead of Andover.
Anoka girls swimming tested its team depth to capture the Section 7AA True Team title, 140 points ahead of runner-up Duluth and 160 points clear of third place Andover.
Blaine won its second consecutive Section 7AA swimming and diving team title in its home pool at Northdale Middle School Nov. 9.
Kelci Bryant’s name might not ring a bell when it comes to famous Olympic athletes like Lindsey Vonn or Usain Bolt but the stand-out University of Minnesota diver has competed for Team USA in synchronized diving (with partner Ariel Rittenhouse) at the last two summer Olympics. She placed fourth at the 2008 Beijing games and won a silver medal at the 2012 London games and has a host of other national and international awards.