WHS swimmers prepare for conference meet

Just one meet last week for the Waconia swim and dive team, as the team tapers in preparation for the conference meet on Saturday at Hutchinson.

Taking only half the team to St. Michael-Albertville on Oct. 16, the Wildcats didn’t swim their best and eventually lost.

“The varsity girls are in their [two] week killer session and everyone was pretty tired,” head coach Amy Howard-Schmitt said. “We know that this will happen at this time late in the year, so it was somewhat expected.”

Freshman Ella Hommer dives for Waconia on Oct. 11.
Freshman Ella Hommer dives for Waconia on Oct. 11.

Regardless, the Wildcats had at least one swimmer in the top three of every event. Waconia was 2-4-6 in the 200 medley relay, led by freshman Jessica Stangret, sophomore Taylor Beynon, sophomore McKinna Kahl, and senior Hannah Schultz at 2:01.51. Stangret, Kahl, Schultz, and freshman Carolyn Schmieg also finished second in the 200 free relay (1:49.75). The Wildcats swept the 400 free relay, with Beynon, seventh graders Nicole Schuler and Kathryn Stangret, and junior Rachael Sanborn in first (4:15.15), followed by eighth grader Emma Lohman, freshman Marri Saunders, senior Alissa Kirby, and sophomore Elle Swanson (4:26.28). Sophomore Harley Ruiz, senior Bianca Lenz, seventh grader Karissa Ohlsen, and senior Sophia Younkin were third at 4:39.48.

Jessica Stangret was second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free. Beynon, who finished second in the 500 free, was also second in the 200 IM. Schultz won the 100 breaststroke and was second in the 50 free. Kahl and junior Abigail Wessale were 2-3 in the 100 fly. Other top three finishes including a win by Schmieg in the 100 backstroke, and a third place finish for Kathryn Stangret in the 100 free. In diving, freshman Ella Hommer and junior Nicole Hennen were 2-3, separated by less than three points. Hommer scored 179.45 over Hennen’s 176.60.