The Minnewaska/Morris Area/C-A swimming and diving team competed against state ranked teams when Marshall visited Morris on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and the Gators traveled to Melrose Thursday, Oct. 11.
"Both meets raised the awareness for Gator swimmers to swim during the summer and/or go to swim camps," said coach Linda Hoffmann. "If swimmers don't help themselves to become the best swimmer they can be in the offseason, they end up looking at the opponents feet and their bubbles in a race during the fall."
"It's always good to swim against excellent competition to see where we are and where we need to be going."
Against Marshall, the Gators were defeated 104-74.
Eighth grader Agnes Dieter qualified for sections in the 100 backstroke and will be swimming in Sartell in November.
Other time drops were recorded by Ari Maras in the 100 free; Ashley Anderson in the 200 IM and 100 free; Tristin Heald in the 100 breaststroke; and Kendra Harpstead in the 50 free.
Bridget Opdahl swam against state ranked Ashley Dunn in the 200 free. Opdahl was leading most of the way, but was outtouched near the finish and placed second with a new Minnewaska and Morris Team record with a 2:04.65. The old records were set by Tiana Barsness in 2009 and Heidi Hokanson in 1999.
At the Melrose meet, the varsity fell 107-71, while the junior varsity was defeated 119-61.
The Gators had two first-place finishes and they were from Bridget Opdahl in the 200 IM and 100 fly. Opdahl narrowly missed the pool record by .08 in the 100 fly. She swam against Melrose state participants Sydney Rasmussen and Gabi Sawyer, both sophomores.
"(For) this meet I moved around the swimmers in different events," explained Hoffmann. "We had some nice surprise swims."
The team had considerable time drops in the 50 free, including Natasha Nemmers, Julia Hoffmann, Tracy Feuchtenberger, Emily Edmunds, Bridgitte Weaver, Halleigh Thompson (and 100 free), and Ashley Anderson.
Other time drops were recorded by Agnes Dieter in the 100 back, Kallan Mercier in the 500 free, Anna Haus in the 100 back, and Anderson in the 100 fly.