After a tie against Litchfield in 2012, the Waconia swimming and diving team took the Dragons 120-66 in their dual match up of 2013. Head coach Amy Howard said that when swimming at Litchfield, only two swimmers are able to score from each team in a given event, but Waconia’s larger pool allows three scorers per team.
Hosting Litchfield on Sept. 5, the Wildcats were able to display more of their team depth on their way to a 120-66 victory.
“I love going up against Litch,” Howard said. “It was a much better meet technically, not because of the win but because the girls were more focused and finished races with more energy which was my goal.”
The ‘Cats began Sept. 5 with a 2-3-4 finish in the 200 yard medley relay. The second place team of sophomore Jessica Stangret, junior Taylor Beynon, sophomore Carolyn Schmieg, and eighth grader Kathryn Stangret finished in 1:58.27, just shy of Litchfield’s winning time of 1:57.98.
It was another 2-3-4 Wildcat finish in the 200 yard freestyle, as senior Mari Rathke led the way to a second place finish in 2;22.71. Eighth grader Megan Schuler was third in 2:25.18 over junior Harley Ruiz in fourth (2:27.66).
Waconia’s first event win of the night came from junior Taylor Beynon in the 200 IM. With a final time of 2:19.83, Beynon took first, followed by Schmieg in second at 2:25.50. Kathryn Stangret was fourth.
Jessica Stangret, junior McKinna Kahl, and senior Rachael Sanborn swept the 50 free with a 1-2-3 finish separated by only one second. Stangret finished at 26.57 seconds over Kahl (27.19) and Sanborn (27.46).
Senior Nicole Hennen had another personal best diving day, winning the varsity competition with a score of 185.50 over Litchfield’s top diver. Eighth grader Ashley Basile finished fourth with at 87.40.
Senior Abigail Wessale took first in the 100 yard butterfly in 1:06.26 over second place teammate Anneli Paulson, a seventh grader who finished in 1:07.67.
Kahl won the 100 freestyle in 59.73 seconds, while Kathryn Stangret and Ruiz were third and fourth.
In the 500 freestyle, eighth grader Nicole Schuler finished second in 6:05.15, just 15 seconds back from Litchfield’s Sydney Weires. Rathke was third and Ohlsen was fourth for the Wildcats.
The 200 free relay team of the Stangret sisters, Schmieg, and Kahl won the event in 1:47.92. Sanborn, Paulson, freshman Emma Lohman, and Beynon finished third in the event in 1:53.69, while freshman Cameron Schuster, sophomore Marri Saunders, eighth grader Sydney Bruesehoff, and sophomore Alyssa Kirsch were fourth.
Jessica Stangret, Schmieg, and Schuler finished 1-2-5 in the 100 backstroke, while Beynon, Sanborn, and Lohman were 2-4-5 in the 100 breaststroke.
Ohlsen, Ruiz, Lohman, and Paulson took fist place in the 400 free relay with a winning time of 4:30.24, while the other Waconia team of eighth grader Callie Kirt, Rathke, Megan Schuler, and Saunders was second in 4:36.53.
The junior varsity Wildcats also won by a score of 117-52.
Howard said the swimmers are progressing well at this point in the season.
“This week a few girls were moved up in practice lanes due to their efforts day in and day out,” she said. “It may take them a bit to adjust to more yardages and faster sets, but they are all doing well.”
The Wildcats host Watertown-Mayer/Delano in their final home meet Sept. 19.
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