Water Dragons at Hopkins

The Waconia Water Dragons are looking forward to a summer of sun, fun and hard work. With outdoor practices, outdoor meets and plenty of friendly competition, the summer is sure to provide memories and a summer of increased fitness.

The USA age-group swim team, which looks to promote swimming in the community, has already kicked off the summer season with inter-squad and competitive meets, and the results have been spectacular.

Most recently, the Water Dragons attended the Hopkins Spring Sprint Invite, where the team had several top five finishers. Fifteen-year-old Harley Ruiz led the way with her first place finish in the girls 100-yard breaststroke. Ruiz also placed third in the 50-yard freestyle, fourth in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke

Other top-five finishers included Brent Unkowsky, second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free; Nicole Schuler, second in the 50-yard butterfly, fourth in the 100-yard individual medley and fourth in the 50 free; Kayla Feehan, fourth in the 50 butterfly; Tate Mauer, third in the 50 butterfly; and Carrie Thom, fourth in the 100 backstroke.

In addition to so many successful finishes, the Water Dragons also had several swimmers compete in a meet for the first time, including Carson Roehl, Calissa Shea, Marie Geller and Grace Rebai.

The Water Dragons are now looking forward to several exciting things this coming season. The team will add two outdoor practices each week in June and July, and sign up for outdoor swim meets already is underway. Up next, the team heads to Mankato June 16-17 for the Mankato Mantas Summer Splash.

The Water Dragons welcome swimmers of all ages and ability levels, provided that the athletes can swim 25 yards of each stroke. The team, which swims out of Safari Island Community Center, has several new swimmers during each session and always welcomes new faces. For those interested in learning more about the swim club, visit waconiaswimclub.com.

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