Swimmers sweep New Prague

Junior Corinn Schmieg competes in the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay during the Wildcats’ meet on Sept. 11 against New Prague.
Junior Corinn Schmieg competes in the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay during the Wildcats’ meet on Sept. 11 against New Prague.


Winning all but one event, the Waconia swimming and diving team swept New Prague 140-46 on Sept. 11. They also narrowly lost 94-92 to Dassel-Cokato on Sept. 13

Waconia 140, New Prague 46
Sweeping events across the board, the Wildcats dominated the Trojans Sept. 11, winning by nearly 100 points. Waconia swept the top three places in seven different events, beginning with the 200-yard medley relay.

Freshman Jessica Stangret, sophomore Taylor Beynon, sophomore McKinna Kahl, and freshman Carolyn Schmieg turned in a time of 1:59.58 to win the event. Second place went to seventh grader Nicole Schuler, juniors Rachael Sanborn and Abigail Wessale, and senior Hannah Schultz (2:06.32), followed by eighth grader Emma Lohman, junior Corinn Schmieg, and seniors Alexanna Gluck and Alexis VanHoutte in third at 2:09.32.

The Wildcats swept the next event, the 200-yard freestyle, with Schmieg (2:06.34), Beynon (2:08.49), and freshman Marri Saunders (2:22.78). A 1-2-3 finish for Schmieg (26.78), Schultz (27.07), and Kahl (27.08) in the 50 free preceded a three place sweep of the 100 fly by Stangret (1:06.76), Wessale (1:08.70), and Kahl (1:10.58). Beynon, sophomore Harley Ruiz, and Sanborn went first through third in the 500 free, with times of 5:35.04, 6:16.58, and 6:23.89, respectively. Beynon’s time set a new Waconia High School record. The former record was set in 2005 by Jenny Nelson, a time of 5:38.34.

The Wildcats swept the top places in the 200 and 400 free relays as well. In the 200, Schultz, Carolyn Schmieg, Kahl, and Stangret took first in 1:48.59, followed by Sanborn, Beynon, seventh grader Kathryn Stangret, and Gluck (1:53.03), and VanHoutte, Saunders, Lohman, and Ruiz (1:55.56). In the 400, Saundres, Kathryn Stangret, Schuler, and Ruiz were first (4:27.71), followed by freshman Alyssa Kirsch, junior Mari Rathke, senior Sophia Younkin, and freshman Emily Mohr (4:32.62). Corinn Schmieg, eighth grader Megan Girard, sophomore Elle Swanson, and senior Alissa Kirby finished third (4:39.85).

Jessica Stangret won the 200 IM in 2:27.87, followed by seventh grader Karissa Ohlsen in third at 2:45.02. Freshman Ella Hommer and junior Nicole Hennen delivered a 1-2 punch in diving, defeating the Trojan divers by over 30 points. Hommer was first at 168.30, followed by Hennen at 148.40. Another 1-2 finish came from Lohman (1:05.69) and senior Bianca Lenz (1:07.31) in the 100 free.

Ruiz won the 100 backstroke in 1:18.47, just three tenths ahead of New Prague’s Kathryn Reyant. Kirsch was third in the event (1:19.18), followed by VanHoutte in fourth (1:22.40). The Wildcats only non-first place race came in the 100 breaststroke. While Carly Plooman of New Prague won the event, Kirby, Rathke, and Saunders went 2-3-4 behind her with times of 1:30.13, 1:30.98, and 1:31.38, respectively.

The junior varsity Wildcats also blew out the Trojans, winning 133-40.

D-C 94, Waconia 92
A “fantastic meet” on Sept. 13 resulted in a close 94-92 loss to Dassel-Cokato at home. Coming down to the last events, the meet was complicated by a timing system failure half-way through the meet.

“We were averaging stopwatch times which added to the stress of the close score,” Howard-Schmitt said.

The Wildcats competed as a team in nearly every event, finishing in consecutive pairs or groups for much of the meet. Waconia brought home wins in the 200 medley relay, 100 free, 500 free, and 100 backstroke.

The junior varsity Wildcats also lost to the Chargers 105-65. The seventh, eighth, and ninth grade swimmers spent the weekend at a middle school meet in Hutchinson, which the Wildcats unofficially won.