Panthers take SSC swimming lead
Lakeville North took first place in South Suburban Conference girls swimming with a 100-85 victory over Rosemount on Sept. 17 in a dual meet that produced six Kenwood Trail Middle School pool records.
Lakeville South beat Eagan 99-82 in a dual meet held concurrently at Kenwood Trail. After the Sept. 17 meets, Lakeville North led the conference at 4-0, with Rosemount, Prior Lake, Lakeville South and Eagan tied for second at 3-1. Teams returned to conference action on Thursday night, after this edition went to press.
Four of the pool records were set by Lakeville North swimmers, with Rosemount swimmers setting the other two.
Lakeville North senior Zoya Wahlstrom set pool records in the 50-yard freestyle (24.61 seconds) and 100 butterfly (56.27). Wahlstrom also anchored North’s winning 400 freestyle relay, which won in a pool-record 3:35.50. Junior Brenna Smith, senior Alena Bodnaruk and eighth-grader Elsa Litteken swam the first three legs of the relay.
Wahlstrom, Litteken, senior Aslin Rose and junior Emily Spencer set school and pool records with their winning time of 1:48.54 in the 200 medley relay.
Rosemount’s Megan Wenman set pool records in the 200 freestyle (1:53.33) and 100 freestyle (52.08).
“I truly don’t recall a meet where I’ve ever seen kids perform at this level at this time of the year,” Lakeville North coach Dan Schneider said.
Each team won six events, but Lakeville North’s depth proved decisive. North outscored Rosemount 11-5 in the 50 freestyle where Wahlstrom, Emily Spencer and Elizabeth Thull finished first, second and fifth. Litteken, Kira Quittem and Ashley Van Dyne took the top three places in the 100 backstroke, giving North a 13-3 point advantage in the event.
Bodnaruk was the 200 individual medley winner in 2:11.45 and added a second place in the 500 freestyle.
Rosemount’s Katie Garrity took first in the 500 freestyle in 5:13.21 and Olivia Johnston won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.31. Herron, Cassandra Hutchins, Michelle Simms and Wenman were first in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:40.43. The Irish’s Sawyer Murray was first in diving.
Lakeville South swimmers finished first in all 11 swimming events in its victory over Eagan. The Cougars led 99-57 before swimming exhibition in the final two events.
First-place finishers for South were Rachael Streit in the 200 freestyle (2:02.87) and 500 freestyle (5:31.79), Shea Bougie in the 200 individual medley (2:14.00) and 100 backstroke (1:00.85), Jacqueline Johnson in the 50 freestyle (25.54), Brianna Alexander in the 100 butterfly (59.27) and Jarin Simpson in the 100 freestyle (56.26).
Alexander had the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke at 1:08.65 but was not credited with a first-place finish because the Cougars were swimming exhibition at that time.
Bougie, Alexander, Ryenne Hathaway and Johnson were first in the 200 medley relay in 1:52.73. Hathaway, Johnson, Brianna Larson and Simpson were winners in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.37. Simpson, Bougie, Ashley Torborg and Alexander had the top time of 3:44.99 in the 400 freestyle relay, another event in which South swam exhibition.
Leah Lynch, Jess Gartner and Samantha Stevens took the top three spots for Eagan in diving. Erin Bucki missed first place in the 200 freestyle by about seven-tenths of a second.