Wenman goes to state meet with potential to medal
South Suburban Conference girls swimming champion Rosemount will send athletes to the state Class AA meet in 10 events, including all three relays, after handily winning the Section 3AA team title last week in Richfield.
State swimming preliminaries are 6 p.m. Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, with swimming and diving finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.
A couple of the Irish’s best chances for state medals will be in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, with ninth-grader Megan Wenman swimming both events. Wenman set school records of 52.17 seconds in the 100 freestyle and 1 minute, 53.31 seconds in the 200 freestyle at the Section 3AA meet at Richfield Junior High School. She was named the section swimmer of the meet. Wenman goes to state as the No. 4 seed in the 100 freestyle and the No. 6 seed in the 200 freestyle.
Wenman also was part of two Rosemount relays that broke school records. She teamed with Claire Tolan, Olivia Johnston and Michelle Simms to swim the 200 medley relay in 1:50.11. Katie Garrity, Grace Herron, Tolan and Wenman swam the 400 freestyle relay in a school-record 3:37.72.
Rosemount also will compete in the 200 freestyle relay at state after swimming 1:40.96 in the section finals.
Divers Claire Judeh and Sawyer Murray advanced to the state meet, as did these Rosemount swimmers: Tolan (200 freestyle and 100 backstroke), Johnston (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke) and Garrity (200 IM and 500 freestyle).
Rosemount will look to improve on its 22nd-place finish in last year’s Class AA team standings.
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.
The Eagles’ Delaney McDonald will go to state in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.
McDonald, a senior, finished second in the IM at the section finals in 2:07.35. She has the eighth-best seed time among the state qualifiers in that event.
McDonald was fourth in the section in the 100 butterfly but her time of 58.65 was more than a second below the state qualifying standard.
Apple Valley finished sixth in the section team standings. Lakeville North was first, 70 points ahead of runner-up Prior Lake.