Blaze sends swimmers to state in six events

Apple Valley, Eastview, Eagan have one qualifier each

Burnsville will have swimmers in six events at next week’s state Class AA girls meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Apple Valley, Eastview and Eagan each had one athlete advance to state. Last week, Burnsville and Apple Valley competed at the Section 2AA meet in Prior Lake, while Eastview and Eagan were in the Section 3AA meet in Richfield.

Among the Blaze’s state contingent is sophomore Angela Le, a two-time medalist at last year’s Class AA meet. Le finished second in Section 2AA in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 100 butterfly. Zoe Avestruz of Chanhassen, the defending state champion in both events, swam those races at the Section 2AA finals, winning the backstroke and finishing second to Lakeville North’s Zoya Wahlstrom in the butterfly.

Lee’s qualifying time of 56.86 seconds in the butterfly is tied for the fifth seed. In the backstroke, her seed time of 57.23 is fifth.

The Blaze’s Alexis Dobrzynski reached state in the 50 freestyle, taking fourth at the section meet in 24.43. Sidney Christopherson also got through in the 100 breaststroke with a fourth-place time of 1 minute, 8.05 seconds.

Le, Christopherson, Dobrzynski and Sarah Jacobson were fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:48.48, but their time beat the state qualifying standard by more than six seconds.

Five Section 2AA teams qualified for state in the 400 freestyle relay, including Burnsville’s Dobrzynski, Jacobson, Christopherson and Le, who finished fourth in 3:36.79.

Burnsville (231 points) and Apple Valley (154) were fifth and sixth in the Section 2AA team standings. Prior Lake was the section champion.

Apple Valley’s state qualifier is senior diver Genevieve Galligan, who finished fourth in the Section 2AA competition with 262.35 points.

Rosemount dominated the Section 3AA meet, winning the team championship by about 150 points. Eagan and Eastview placed fourth and sixth in the eight-team section.

Eagan’s state qualifier is sophomore Deidree Voss, who took third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.25. Eastview junior Chelle Watkins was Section 3AA runner-up in diving with 377.25 points and will compete at state.

Swimmers from Eagan and Eastview came within fractions of a second from advancing to state in other events. Eagan’s 400 freestyle relay team took third place and was four hundredths of a second from the state qualifying standard. Eastview’s 200 medley relay team missed state by about one-tenth of a second.

The state Class AA meet begins Monday with diving preliminaries. Swimming preliminaries are Tuesday, with swimming and diving finals scheduled for Wednesday. Competition begins at 6 p.m. each day.