The Watertown-Mayer/Delano girls swimming and diving team ran into one of the state’s top teams last week, when the defending state champion Hutchinson Tigersharks defeated the Royals 95-82 in Watertown.
The Royals were led on the day by Kayla Stevens, who had two second-place finishes. Stevens was second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 59.94 seconds, and also second in the 200 freestyle, where she finished with a time of 2:08.70.
Andi Jo Shrode also posted a strong finish in diving for the Royals, finishing in second place with 104 points. She was only one point behind the first-place diver, Hutchinson’s Jenna Nagy.
Kalley Johnson also had a second-place finish for the Royals in the 100 breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:20.53. Noelle Johnson was third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:12.29.
The Royals also found success in the 200-yard medley relay, where they didn’t win, but took two of the top three spots. The team of Thea Clark, Abby Coyle, Sommer Heikkila and Kayla Stevens finished second in 2:10.78, and the team of Jenna Grangroth, Kalley Johnson, Klara Koch and Mia Lindgren finished third in 2:11.67.
The Royals will be back in the home pool for a Wright County Conference meet against Dassel-Cokato at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, and will compete at the True Team Section Meet on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in Elk River. The Royals will also be at Shakopee on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.