Mounds View diver shines at state

Mounds View High School freshman Alli Misialek competed in three events at the Class AA state girls swimming and diving meet at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center. (photo courtesy of Karen Paulicin-Fragnito)

Mounds View High School senior Jackie Gaworski recently signed a letter of intent to finalize her college plans for next year. With that behind her, she went out and completed her final high school swimming and diving season by competing in the state meet.

Gaworski, making her second trip to state, finished fifth in the Class AA diving competition on Nov. 18 at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center.

Her final score was 382.80, which was three points better than the sixth-place finisher, senior Meghan Miller of Woodbury.

A year ago as a junior, Gaworski scored a 401.25 at state to finish seventh.

Earlier this month, Gaworski signed to attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha and compete for the Mavericks’ women’s swimming and diving team. Omaha, which is how the school’s athletics teams are known, is a Division I athletic program that competes in the Summit League.

Gaworski was one of five divers from the Suburban East Conference to reach the finals of the state diving competition. Junior Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith led the SEC by finishing second overall with 472.60 points. Schlossmacher-Smith won the state diving title in 2015.

Edina freshman Megan Phillip captured this year’s championship with a score of 480.85.

Gaworski provided Mounds View with one of its eight state-meet entries. 

The only other Mounds View competitor to advance to the finals was junior Hannah Aitkin, who finished 15th overall (seventh in the consolation-final heat) with a time of 5:11.55 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Aitkin was a four-event competitor at state. In addition to the 500 freestyle, she also qualified in the 200-yard freestyle and the two freestyle relays. In the 200 freestyle, Aitkin missed out on a trip to the finals by one place. She was 17th after the preliminaries and only the top 16 advance to the final day.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Aitkin and senior Libby Fleming, junior Chella LaMere and freshman Zoe Rylander combined to finish in 19th place after the prelims. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Aitkin, Rylander, Fleming and freshman Alli Misialek was 22nd after the preliminary round.

Mounds View’s 200-yard medley relay team of Rylander, Misialek, junior Delanie Oliver and senior Madie Petry was 24th in the prelims. Misialek also competed at state in the 100-yard butterfly, where she finished 19th in the prelims. Rylander provided the Mustangs another entry by qualifying for the 50-yard freestyle, in which she was 25th after the preliminary round.

In the team standings, Mounds View finished tied with Buffalo for 26th place with 16 points. Gaworski earned 14 team points with her finish in the diving competition and Aitkin added two for her 500 freestyle performance.

The top four spots in the chase for the team championship went to Lake Conference teams. Edina won the title with 353 points and was followed by runner-up Wayzata, third-place Minnetonka and fourth-place Eden Prairie.

Stillwater was the highest-finishing Suburban East Conference team. The Ponies ended up 13th with 57 points and were followed by Cretin-Derham Hall, which was 14th with 53 points.


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


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