Gators defeat Montevideo to take 3rd place
The Minnewaska/Morris/C-A/Benson girls’ swimming and diving team swam at two meets this week, falling to Litchfield and defeating Montevideo.
Currently the Gators are 2-2 in the West Central Conference. Melrose leads the conference at 4-0, while Sauk Centre is 3-1. Holdingford is at 1-3 and Montevideo is still winless at 0-4.
The Gators can finish no lower than fourth at the WCC meet on Oct. 26 to secure third place in the conference. The placings at the conference will count as double points.
“It's been a long time since the Gators were in position to be in third place in the West Central Conference,” said coach Linda Hoffmann. “I told the girls this week if we win at Monte it would be the first time since 1996 that we are third in the conference going into the conference meet. The girls were pumped up and took it from there. It was a total team effort."
The Gators hosted Litchfield Tuesday in Morris. The varsity fell short 100-83, but the junior varsity won 106-63.
Kate Folkman qualified for sections in the 200 freestyle.
The Gators captured two firsts against the Dragons, with Lacey Entzi in the 500 free and Haley Gallagher in diving.
Several swimmers improved their times, including Ashley Homme in the 500 freestyle; Ashlee Boysen in the 50 butterfly; Abbie McNally in the 200 free; Bridgitte Weaver in the 200 individual medley; and Brianna Staton in the 50 free.
The Gator varsity won 100-86, while the JV won 106-63.
“It is always a good swim meet with Monte,” said Hoffmann. "This meet was a meet of inches. Good finishes were going to make a difference.
“They have a small team, but had good quality swimmers. We had to bring our best swims."
The Gators captured only one relay, the 400 free, but depth prevailed as they placed two relays in the top three.
The Gators were up by 10 going into diving and Ashlee Boysen captured a third and Haley Gallagher placed fourth against some of the best divers in the conference and had a one-point lead after diving and going into the butterfly.
Eighth grader Mariah Anderson qualified for sections in the 100 backstroke.
Senior Amanda Thompson dropped time in the 100 breaststroke to qualify for the section meet in another event.
The Gators had 32 improved times on the season or personal best times including Mariah Anderson in the 100 back; Arianna Maras with a seven-second cut in the 200 IM; Mason Schlief with a six-second cut in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke; Bridgitte Weaver in the 100 free in the 400 free relay; Julia Hoffmann in the 50 and 100 free events; Rachel Erickson in the 500 free with a 17-second cut; Amanda Thompson in the 100 breast; Ashley Anderson in the 100 fly; Anna Haus in the 100 freestyle; Ashlee Boysen in diving; Katie Ohren in the 200 free; Erin Edmunds in the 100 breaststroke; Ashlee Boysen in the 100 breaststroke; Greta Serrin in the 100 breaststroke; and Danielle Reuss in the 50 free.
Lacey Entzi captured two firsts in the 200 IM and 100 freestyle and anchored the 400 free relay to seal the win. Other relay members were Meghan Thoen, who captured first in the 100 back with a 1:13.12, Halleigh Thompson and Bridgitte Weaver. Weaver and Thompson were tough as they swam three of the last five events and Weaver had one of her best times in the relay with a 59.
“There are so many races that were pivotal to turn the tide of the meet,” explained Hoffmann. “A point here and there meant a lot.
"The new and young swimmers are coming along and swimming longer events as we wrap up the dual meet season,” added Hoffmann. “Impressive have been M'Kenzy Larson, Lacey Kpubsky, Hailey Strutz, Lourdes Martines, Maria Gallagoes and Morgan Steinke in their new events.”