Swimmers defeat Royals

The Waconia swim team recently defeated Watertown-Mayer 115-71. The Wildcats were also fourth at the Royals' invitational over the weekend.
The Waconia swim team recently defeated Watertown-Mayer 115-71. The Wildcats also finished fourth at the Royals’ invitational over the weekend.

In its fullest week of the season thus far, the Waconia swimming and diving team was missing seven swimmers due to illness or other commitments, which caused over 25 last minute changes to the lineup.

“This can be really hard on the relays and their preparation,” head coach Amy Howard-Schmitt said.

The week began with a junior varsity triangular meet against Delano and Watertown-Mayer. Despite not being scored, Howard-Schmitt is confident the Wildcats would have won.

Thursday, Sept. 20 brought a dual meet at Watertown-Mayer, which the Wildcats won 115-71. On Saturday, the Wildcats were again at Watertown-Mayer, this time for a seven-team invitational. The Wildcats finished fourth overall. Buffalo won the meet for the second season.

Highlights of the week included junior Nicole Hennen’s personal best 11-dive competition, scoring a 300.50. Despite being “really under the weather,” according to Howard-Schmitt, junior Rachael Sanborn dropped four seconds in the 200 IM. Junior Abigail Wessale is closing in on a school record in the 100 butterfly. Posting a 1:05 for the second time this season. The current record, set by Ariel McCullum in 2007, stands at 1:04.36. Sophomore McKinna Kahl swam her personal best in the event as well, a 1:07.25.

Eighth grader Emma Lohman dropped 13 seconds off of her 500 freestyle time and sophomore Harley Ruiz hit under six minutes in the same event, a goal of hers this season, according to Howard-Schmitt. Sophomore Taylor Beynon broke her own 500 freestyle record set just a few weeks ago with a new time of 5:32.49.

In the 100 backstroke, freshmen Jessica Stangret and Carolyn Schmieg finished 1-2 with times of 1:01.99 and 1:03.76 (personal best), respectively. Kahl also dropped 3.5 seconds off her 100 backstroke time, now down to a 1:10.08. Beynon and senior Hannah Schultz finished 1-2 in the 100-breaststroke with times of 1:13.22 and 1:15.17.