Lakeville South notched two more South Suburban Conference dual meet victories with decisive wins at Bloomington Jefferson on Thursday, Sept. 6, and home against Eastview on Thursday, Sept. 13.
South scored a 99-86 winning effort at Jefferson and followed up at home posting a 98-85 effort against Eastview. The two dual wins put the Cougars atop the South Suburban Conference with Rosemount at 3-0.
Against Jefferson, the Cougars won all three relays and logged wins in seven of eight individual events. The meet featured the return of all-state swimmer Brianna Alexander to the pool for the Cougars after recuperating from off-season ankle surgery. Alexander, Carrie Schrock, Shea Bougie, Bailee Jackson and Taylor Perko led South with individual wins against the Jaguars.
Head coach Rick Ringeisen also lauded the efforts of Jarin Simpson, Jackie Johnson and the rest of his Cougar squad.
“The girls continue to work hard and the results are showing on the times they are achieving this early in the season” he said. “Each team member is crucial to our success and every meet this group continues to improve together.”
Entering the meet against Eastview, the Cougars knew they had a tough opponent on their hands and needed a superior effort in order to compete against a solid Lightning squad.
Ringeisen said his team’s effort started with the first relay event.
“The 200 Medley team (Perko, Alexander, Bougie and Schrock) set the tone for the whole meet,” he said. “They came out and posted a great time and it got everyone really pumped up.”
From there the Cougars received two individual swim victories each from Bougie, Alexander and Schrock and a personal best effort from eighth-grader Rachel Streit in winning the 500 Freestyle.
The Cougars also saw a very fast effort from Schrock, Jackie Johnson, Alexander and Bougie in the 200 Freestyle relay. Ringeisen singled out Johnson, Bailee Jackson, Jarin Simpson, Jaimie McNamee and the diving trio of Mikala DePauw, Tianna Hansen-Brown and Maia Johnson as key cogs in the team victory.
“As a group, the team was really focused,” he said. “We’ll need to continue to work hard as our schedule gets much tougher from here.”
Next up for the Cougars is a dual match at Bloomington Kennedy on Tuesday, Sept.18, followed by a dual meet against Lakeville North on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville.