Area swimmers, divers headed to state this week

The girls swimming and diving state high school meet is this week and Mounds View High School and St. Anthony Village High School will be represented.

The Mustangs have four state entrants while the Huskies have one.

The Class AA state meet, held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, runs Wednesday through Friday with the sessions starting at 6 p.m. each day. The state meet starts Wednesday with the diving preliminaries, continues on Thursday with the swimming prelims and wraps up on Friday with the finals of all events.

Here's a look at how each Bulletin-area team fared last weekend at their respective section meets.

Mounds View

Eight different Mustangs are headed to the state meet this week as Mounds View qualified all three of its relays and is also sending a diver.

One of those relay teams claimed a section championship as Mounds View's 200-yard freestyle relay team won with a time of 1:40.94. The foursome of eighth grader Zoe Rylander, juniors Megan Carver and Libby Fleming and sophomore Hannah Aitkin combined to take first place by 0.86 seconds.

Fleming, Rylander and Aitkin and senior McLaren Curphy clinched another state spot by taking second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Their time of 3:42.72 was four seconds faster than the third-place team and about five seconds behind the winning team.

Curphy and Carver are also two-event state entries as they are also set to compete in the 200-yard medley relay. They teamed up with senior Sophie LaMere and Serena Chan to take second with a time of 1:53.06, which was more than seven seconds faster than the third-place team.

Mounds View's fourth state entry goes to junior diver Jackie Gawaroski, who was the section runner-up. She scored 419.25 points.

As a team, Mounds View finished second in the section standings. The Mustangs amassed 469 points while Stillwater won the section team title with 599 points.

St. Anthony

St. Anthony Swim Team is a four-school co-op team that also includes athletes from DeLaSalle, St. Agnes and St. Croix Lutheran. The team was competing in Section 4AA for the first time.

SAST is sending two swimmers to the state meet in three events.

DeLaSalle sophomore Erin McCarthy earned her trip to the state meet by winning a pair of individual section championships. Her first title came in the 200-yard freestyle, which she won by 2.6 seconds with a time of 1:53.13.

McCarthy's second title came in the 500-yard freestyle, which she dominated. Her time of 5:03.43 gave her the victory by more than eight seconds and was faster than the qualifying standard by nearly eight seconds.

McCarthy is competing in the state meet for the second consecutive year and in the same two events. Last year as a freshman, McCarthy qualified for state in both the 500 and 200 freestyles and finished seventh and 14th, respectively.

Senior Alissa Larson of St. Anthony Village High School is also heading to the state meet. She is set to compete in the 50-yard freestyle after taking second in the event at sections. The top two finishers in each event advance to state and Larson was the runner-up in the 50 free with a time of 25.14 seconds. She beat out the third-place swimmer by two-tenths of a second.

SAST scored 216 points and finished fourth in the team standings.


The Knights, competing in Section 5AA, failed to advance anyone to the state meet but their young lineup showed some promise for the future. Of Irondale's nine point-earning performances, only one involved a senior.

Irondale's best events were the three relays. The Knights advanced a team to the A final (top eight) in all three relay events.

The team's highest finish in a single event was fifth place, which Irondale achieved in both the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. The same foursome competed in both.

Sophomore Alyssa Gahr, juniors Teresa Skubal and Kaili Puchtell and eighth grader Sydney McCollor teamed up to post a time of 1:50.60 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Their time in the 400-yard freestyle relay was 4:03.27, which was exactly four seconds shy of the state-qualifying standard.

Irondale's 200-yard medley relay, consisting of senior Megan Bradley, sophomore Lyndsey Weaver-Lang, freshman Megan Lang and junior Courtney Swanson, finished eighth in a time of 2:17.24.

Irondale also reached the B final (second eight) in six events. McCollor took 11th in the 50-yard freestyle and 14th in the 100-yard freestyle. Skubal finished 15th in the 50-yard freestyle and earning 16th-place finishes were Gahr in the 200-yard individual medley, Puchtell in the 100-yard freestyle and sophomore Whitney Onyancha in the diving event.

The Knights finished seventh in the team standings with 92 points. Wayzata won the section team championship with 696 points.

Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


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