Competing against the 2010 Class A state champion Hutchinson Tigersharks on Oct. 11, the Waconia swimming and diving team was up for the challenge. Falling to the Tigersharks 92-86, Howard-Schmitt said the Wildcats swam ‘okay’ while Hutchinson was great.
“I felt we needed to have more finish fight,” she said. “We lost a couple of close races.”
Sophomore Taylor Beynon continued to lower the Waconia school record in the 200 IM, this time dropping it down to 2:18.28. The Tigersharks set two new pool records, the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Hutchinson’s 1:57.15 in the 200 medley relay broke the record the Wildcats set just a few weeks ago by 26 hundredths of a second.
“The girls were disappointed but it is a good learning lesson,” Howard-Schmitt said.
The Wildcats went 2-3 in the 200 medley relay, led by freshman Jessica Stangret, sophomore Taylor Beynon, sophomore McKinna Kahl, and senior Hannah Schultz at 1:58.94. Freshman Carolyn Schmieg, senior Alexis VanHoutte, junior Abigail Wessale, and junior Rachael Sanborn finished third in 2:03.23. Stangret finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.31, while Beynon was second in the 200 IM at 2:18.28. Schultz was third in the 50 free at 26.59, just out of second (26.53).
In diving, junior Nicole Hennen and freshman Ella Hommer were 2-3 with scores of 179.85 and 167.70, respectively. Wessale finished third in the 100 fly (1:05.91) and Sanborn was third in the 100 free (1:01.64). Seventh grader Nicole Schuler was second in the 5:55.66. In the 200 free relay, Stangret, Kahl, Schmieg, and Schultz finished second at 1:47.17.
The Wildcats swept the 100 backstroke, with Stangret, Schmieg, and eighth grader Emma Lohman going 1-2-3. Stangret turned in a time of 1:02.94, followed by Schmieg and Lohman. Waconia also swept the 100 breaststroke, led by Beynon in 1:12.99. Schultz was second, and VanHoutte was third. The Wildcats went 1-2-3 in the 400 free relay. With a time of 4:09.52 freshman Marri Saunders, Schuler, seventh grader Kathryn Stangret, and senior Alexanna Gluck won the event, followed by senior Alissa Kirby, senior Sophia Younkin, junior Corinn Schmieg, and sophomore Harley Ruiz in second at 4:19.01. Lohman, VanHoutte, sophomore Elle Swanson, and seventh grader Karissa Ohlsen were third in 4:35.94.
The junior varsity Wildcats also fell to Hutchinson 96-74.
The Wildcats have now entered their “killer weeks” phase of the season, where 8,000 yard practices are not uncommon.
“Working super hard this phase is essential to our final meet successes,” Howard-Schmitt said.