Plenty of returning talent for Hill-Murray girls swim team

The girls swimming and diving team at Hill-Murray graduated only two letterwinners from last year’s team. That means the Pioneers return a strong lineup for 2016.

Of the swimmers who made up Hill-Murray’s seven state-meet entries last season, all of them are back this fall. That gives the Pioneers the chance to improve on their state finishes from last year.

Head coach Susan Lee is in her 12th year as Hill-Murray’s head coach and she has some high-placing state swimmers ready for another season.

Freshman Gabi Baldwin finished in the top eight at the state meet in the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard medley relay. Junior Amelia Berg and senior Lauren Forsythe were also members of the medley relay team, as was senior Madison Berg. Madison Berg also made the top eight in the 100-yard butterfly.

Freshman Catherine Nolde advanced to the finals of the 500-yard freestyle and also swam at state in the 200-yard freestyle relay along with senior Sophia Daley, Forsythe and Madison Berg.

One newcomer that Lee said to watch for this season is Anna Monico, who specializes in the freestyle events.

Lee said the main goals for the team this fall are to move up in the standings in both the section and state meet. Hill-Murray was third in the Section 4A meet and 13th at the Class A state meet in 2015. The Pioneers were also second in the Metro East Conference.

Hill-Murray opened the season on Sept. 1 at the Metro East Conference relays. Results from the meet were not available for this edition of the Review.

Next up on the schedule is a conference dual meet against North on Sept. 8 at the Maplewood Middle School pool.

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


2016 Hill-Murray girls swimming and diving schedule

Sept. 1 Metro East Conference relays at Simley 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 vs. North at Maplewood Middle School 6 p.m.

Sept. 13 at St. Anthony Village 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Simley 6 p.m.

Sept. 17 Invitational at St. Catherine 1 p.m.

Sept. 22 vs. Henry Sibley at Heritage Middle School 6 p.m.

Sept. 24 Invitational at St. Catherine 12 p.m.

Sept. 29 vs. Hastings at Maplewood Middle School 6 p.m.

Oct. 6 at South St. Paul 6 p.m.

Oct. 13 vs. Mahtomedi at Maplewood Middle School 6 p.m.

Oct. 18 vs. Tartan at TBA 6 p.m.

Oct. 27 Diving invitational at Hastings Middle School 11 a.m.

Nov. 10 Section 4A diving prelims at Simley 12 p.m.

Nov. 10 Section 4A swimming prelims at Simley 6 p.m.

Nov. 12 Section 4A swimming and diving finals at Simley 1:30 p.m.



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