Mustangs girls swim and dive team members set school record at state

photos courtesy of Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito • Mounds View’s Alli Misialek swimming the butterfly in prelims — she went on to finish 14th overall in the 100-yard backstroke.

submitted photo • From left, Mounds View High School swimmers Zoe Rylander, Kaja Holtz, Hannah Aitkin and Chella LaMere after their school record breaking 200-yard freestyle relay at the girls swim and dive state meet held Nov. 16-18 at the University of Minnesota in the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.

submitted photo • Roseville Area High School senior Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith finished second overall in diving with a score of 463.80 points.

submitted photo • RAHS sophomore Pyper Doo won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.61 and finished second in the 50-yard free with a time of 23.34.

Mounds View High School sent five of its swimmers to the state meet Nov. 16-18. The girls swim and dive state championships were held at the University of Minnesota in the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.

Senior captains Hannah Aitkin and Chella LaMere, sophomores Alli Misialek and Zoe Rylander, and freshman Kaja Holtz all earned spots at state.

Aitkin swam the 500-yard freestyle at prelims and finished in 25th place. Misialek swam the 100-yard butterfly at prelims finishing 18th. She also swam the 100-yard backstroke and made it to the finals in that event, finishing 14th overall.

The state participants joined forces to compete in all three relays — the 200-yard medley, the 200-yard free and the 400-yard free. 

The 200 medley team of Misialek doing the backstroke, LaMere with the breaststroke, Rylander swimming the butterfly, and Aitkin going freestyle, was seeded 29th, and finished by advanced five spots to 24th place.

In the 400-yard free relay, Rylander, Holtz, Misialek, and Aitkin — seeded 19th — advanced to 18th in the prelims. The 200 free team of Rylander, LaMere, Holtz, and Aitkin were seeded 24th and jumped ten spots at prelims, moving on to the finals. The foursome dropped time again in the finals and advanced three more places to finish an impressive 11th overall, ahead of Wayzata, Anoka and conference rival Stillwater. 

The relay team’s time set a new Mounds View school record in the 200-yard free relay, breaking the record set just last year by Aitkin, LaMere, Rylander and Libby Fleming, who graduated this past summer.


—submitted by Krisandrea Ballas-Rylander

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