The Watertown-Mayer/Delano girls’ swimming and diving team may not have won any Wright County Conference dual meets this season, but the Royals made a bit of a splash Saturday at the conference meet.
Royals’ head coach Chuck Charnstrom said going into the season that his team would probably perform better at bigger meets than in dual meets, and that was on display at the WCC meet in Hutchinson. The Royals finished in sixth place as a team with 239 points, but finished ahead of Litchfield (206) and came just a point away from tying with Orono (240) for fifth place. Hutchinson won the meet with 548 points.
Individually, the Royals had a number of strong finishes, including one from diver Andi Jo Shrode. Shrode’s score of 308 points broke the 2-year-old conference record of 287.25, but still wasn’t quite good enough to win on this day. Mound-Westonka/Holy Family’s Kayla Lindeman also broke the conference record and won the meet with 338.25 points.
Other top finishes for the Royals included Noelle Johnson, who finished second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:30.00. Johnson also finished 10th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:05.79.
Kayla Stevens also had a couple of top-five finishes for the Royals. She finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.09, and took fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.63 seconds.
Addie Weber added two top-10 finishes for WMD. She took eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:14.51, and added a ninth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.54 seconds.
Kalley Johnson finished ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke for the Royals, clocking in with a time of 1:15.84. Sommer Heikkila was 10th in the 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:28.16.
The top relay on the day for the Royals was the 400-yard freestyle relay, which finished in fourth place with a time of 3:52.31. That team consisted of Heikkila, Alexa Asbury, Noelle Johnson and Stevens.
The section tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, at Elk River High School. Friday’s action gets under way at 3 p.m., and Saturday’s events start at noon.