Cougars swimmers continue to improve

Cougars defeat Kennedy; lose to North and Eagan, notch 2nd place finish at Maroon and Gold meet

Lakeville South girls swimming began a stretch of competition where their depth was put to test, as was their endurance.

The Cougars easily defeated Bloomington Kennedy  130-55, lost to cross-town rival Lakeville North 95.5-85.5, was narrowly defeated in a heartbreaker by Eagan 96-90. The girls finished up a busy stretch of meets with a second place finish in the bronze division at the Minneapolis South Maroon and Gold meet which took place at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Against Kennedy the Cougars won all three relays and logged wins in seven of eight individual events.  Leading the way for the Cougars were individual winners Shea Bougie (two wins), Carrie Schrock (one), Lindsay Ewings (one), Taylor Perko (one), Jarin Simpson (one) and Brianna Alexander (one).  The diving trio of Mikaela DePauw, Tianna Hansen-Brownlee and Maia Johnson also notched second thru fourth place finishes to round out the team victory for South.

Entering the Lakeville North match, head coach Rick Ringeisen knew the meet was a miss match against the very deep Panthers squad.  Although the Cougars came out on the short end, Ringeisen liked what he saw.

“The girls raced very well and didn’t back down.  Across the line up there were many solid performances,” Ringeisen said.

Cougar individual winners included  Bougie in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke,  Alexander in the 500 freestyle and DePauw in the diving competition.  Ringeisen also noted solid swims from  Schrock, Jackie Johnson, Rachel Streit, Bailee Jackson, Simpson and Taylor Perko on the evening.

The Cougars then traveled to take on Eagan and came away with a heartbreaking loss to the Wildcats on the very last event of the evening.  After leading much of the way during the meet, the Cougars were edged in the 400 freestyle relay by a  fast Eagan squad.  Coach Ringeisen was impressed by the way his girls handled the loss.

“You didn’t see them hanging their heads,” he said .  “We knew was going to be a close meet and may come down to the last event.   The girls swam tough and tempered their competitive spirit in the tough meet.”

South won two of three relays and five of eight individual events, but was outpointed by Eagan’s depth at the end. Individual winners included  Bougie (two),  Schrock (two) and Brianna Alexander (one).

South finished up a busy stretch of competition by taking 2nd place at the Minneapolis South Maroon and Gold meet, narrowly missing  a first place finish by 2.5 points (Mound-WestTonka-Holy Family).  The Cougars ran away with two relay wins (200 medley/400 freestyle) and saw Alexander (200 IM), Bougie (100 Back) and  Schrock (100 Freestyle) log individual winning swims in the ten team competition.  Coach Ringeisen also noted Top eight finishing swims from  Johnson,  Simpson,  Jackson,  Streit and  Perko while lauding his whole group.

“After a very busy stretch, it would have been easy for our team to show up flat and tired,”  Ringeisen said.  “Instead, I continue to see personal best swims from this group.  They never give up and as a coach that is all you can ask for.”

Next up for the Cougars is a dual match on Thursday, Oct. 4 against Apple Valley at Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville.  The Cougars will then visit a very tough Prior Lake team on Oct. 9 before hosting the True Team Section 2AA meet at KTMS on Saturday, October 13.