Girls’ Swimming Conference Trophy

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Cambel Shepherd

On October 13th, the girls’ swim and dive team competed against Mora/Ogilvie, Little Falls, Albany, Foley, and Milaca, and took home the conference trophy after winning first place for the second year in a row. All of the girls put forth great efforts in both the varsity and junior varsity events. On Saturday, the girls also had their section meet against Foley, Sauk Rapids, Tech, Monticello, Becker, Princeton, Milaca, Big Lake, and Mora/Ogilvie. The girls brought home the title of first place in section 5A with a score of 442, winning by over 100 points. The meet was held in three separate locations and the girls swam at Sauk Rapids against Sauk Rapids, Tech, and Foley. Coach Jen Daiker was very proud of her girls on Saturday as it was their first time winning sections. Last year the girls came very close, tying for second with Monticello. The 200-medley relay with Ella Morris, Sophie Hwang’22, Lyndsey Netland, Olivia Scheeler won first place and qualified for a place at state with a time of 1:53.12. The 200-freestyle relay with Daniella Kramer, Madelyn Doshadis, Lizzy Eiynck, and Sophie Hwang scored a place in the top five earning fourth place with a time of 1:46.36. The 400 freestyle with Ella Morris, Olivia Scheeler, Lauryn Netland, and Mary Morris took first place and qualified for state with a time of 3:40.93. Izzy Westling ‘26 placed third in the 200-individual medley with a time of 2:20.02 and fourth place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.61. Sophie Hwang ‘22 placed eighth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.54 and fifth place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.59. Cambel Shepherd ‘23 placed 16th for the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:15.04 and 14th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:04.86, both with new personal bests this season. Clara Lamberts ‘24 placed 17th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:09.75 and 21st in the individual medley with a time of 2:40.06, both new personal bests. Claire Westling ‘24 placed sixth in the 100 with a new personal best of 57.74 and placed third in the 100 breaststroke with another personal best of 1:12.97. Unfortunately, there is no state this year but the team would have sent eight swimmers in individual events and 2 relays. The team also had three divers scoring in the top 16. This season had everyone on edge, but all the swimmers performed brilliantly despite the shortened season and restrictions due to COVID-19. The girls have worked hard for their wins and managed to stay undefeated in their conference and section the entire season.