Eagan senior aiming for swimming medal

Stevens has fourth-fastest qualifying time in breaststroke

Eagan senior Nicole Stevens will try for a state medal at the Class AA girls swimming meet this weekend at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Stevens, who signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to swim at the University of North Dakota, has the fourth-fastest seed time at state in the 100-yard breaststroke. She had a winning time of 1 minute, 7.53 seconds at the Section 3AA meet last week at Richfield Junior High School.

Stevens won the state consolation final in the breaststroke last year and finished ninth overall.

Eagan also will compete at state in the 200 medley relay. Stevens, Sonja Hedblom, Sammy Jagler and Erin Bucki swam 1:51.17 in the section finals.

State Class AA swimming preliminaries are 6 p.m. Friday, with swimming and diving finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.


The Lightning finished fifth in the Section 2AA finals last Friday in Prior Lake and had state qualifiers in five events.

Kristin Podratz, a senior, advanced in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Podratz was section champion in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.53. She finished sixth in the section finals in the butterfly, but her time of 59.03 was almost a full second below the state qualifying standard.

Anna Kingsbury, Podratz, Evelyn Johnson and Kelsey Deinhammer finished fifth in the 200 medley relay but swam 1:50.27 to beat the state cutoff. Johnson, Podratz, Margaret Webster and Deinhammer were second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:39.08 to advance to state.

Michelle Watkins will be in the state diving competition after finishing third in the Section 2AA meet.