Two points was the difference between the Waconia and Hutchinson swim teams on Oct. 10, as the ‘Cats fell to the Tigers 90-88. Jessica Stangret, Taylor Beynon, McKinna Kahl, and Carolyn Schmieg started the points gathering for WHS by placing second in the 200 medley relay with a final time of 1:58.49.
“Good meet,” WHS head coach Amy Howard said. “A lot of our young swimmers are starting to see their time drops. This is very much due to the detailed practices that the coaches are working with.”
Stangret went on to win the 100 backstroke and finish second in the 200 free. Schmieg was second to Stangret in the 100 back, but also finished second in the 100 free. Kahl was second in the 100 fly, while Beynon was second in the 200 IM.
Wildcats swept the top three places in the 100 breaststroke, led by Beynon’s winning time of 1:14.56. Cameren Shuster was second, followed by Karissa Ohlsen in third. Emma Lohman finished third in the 100 backstroke.
In diving, Nicole Hennen handily defeated her opponents, winning with a score of 171.80.
Wildcats finished 1-2-3 in the 400 relay, and a WHS team was second in the 200 relay.
Howard said the varsity swimmers were feeling the results of their first ‘killer’ week.
“They have been putting in an average of 6-7,000 yards a night,” she said. “Arms are a bit heavy and an ‘off’ feeling is part of the process. All considered, the swims were still pretty good.”
The junior varsity Wildcats will be in Dassel-Cokato Oct. 21 for the conference meet, while the varsity swimmers will be at Hutchinson on the 26th for the Wright County Conference Championships.