Girls Swim and Dive True Team Section 8A: Lakers Take Top Event Placings but End 2nd
Carol McCarthy | Oct 13, 2019 AT 3:07 pm
GRAND RAPIDS, MN--Nine Section 8a True Team event champions, multiple medalists and a 2nd place finish for the Lakers Girls Swim and Dive team in Grand Rapids Saturday. place finish for the Lakers Girls Swim
and Dive team in Grand Rapids Saturday.
The Lakers started the meet with 4th, 10th, 13th and 14th places in diving.
After Laker divers Jackson Hegg, Kylie Tulius, Kaitlyn Anderson and Ava Morrison successfully completed their 11 dive rotation, the swimmers took the helm and turned in impressive finishes in the next 11 events.
200 Medley Relay
The Lakers were led by 1st and 7th place finishes from the A (Lucy Steinke, Madi Gerdes, Jen Tracy, Evan Westrum) and B (Marin Westrum, Ellie Staley, Cora Martin, Jess Bolar) 200 medley relays. The C (Rena McLeod, Brielle Dallman, Lexi Blake, Quinn Rogstad) and D (Syd Miller, Carlee Zurn, Lori Freeman, Sofia Gag) relays earned points finishing 23rd and 30th, respectively.
Kaitlyn Peterson and Faith Hamm placed 1st and 3rd in the 200 freestyle, both turning in season-best times. Quinn Rogstad finished 18th with a time drop and Rena McLeod finished 21st.
The Lakers’ Jen Tracy took top honors in the IM with Lexi Gerdes finishing 4th, Madi Gerdes finishing 12th and Brielle Dallman finished 27th. All had time drops.
Chelsy Johnson earned a 7th place medal as the top Laker finisher. Jess Bolar finished 10th with a season-best time, Becca Cannon also finished with a season-best time in 24th place and Lexi Blake finished 27th.
A powerful event for the Lakers with a one-two finish from Jennifer Tracy and Evan Westrum with Lexi Gerdes finishing 4th and Cora Martin 14th.
Epic finishes from our 100 freestylers! A Big-Meet finish from Chelsey Johnson who lead her heat from the start in Lane 2 and held on, as we know she can, winning the 100 free! Marin Westrum turned in a super finish in 6th place. A big time drop for Jess Bolar and a 10th-place finish. Becca Cannon, also, turned in a time-dropping performance and finished 23rd.
Another Laker power sandwich served up with Kaitlyn Peterson finishing 1st and Faith Hamm 3rd to lead the Laker distance crew. Ellie Staley also turned in a season-best time to finish in 6th and medal. Quinn Rogstad finished 21st with one of her best times of the season.
200 Freestyle Relay
The Lakers A-squad (E. Westrum, Steinke, Johnson, Peterson) were speedy off the blocks and didn’t look back to take the event. The B-squad (A. Gerdes, Martin, Bolar, Hamm) also turned in impressive times to finish with a medal in 6th place. The C-squad (Cannon, McLeod, Dallman, M. Gerdes) finished 17th the D-squad (Gag, Miller, Wheeling, Blake) finished 27th.
Lucy Steinke lead Laker backstrokers with a 4th-place finish, Marin Westrum finished 10th, Cora Martin 20th and Syd Miller 29th.
A triple-decker Laker power sandwich served up with a 1-3-5 finish. Lead by Madi Gerdes who finished first with a time-drop in the process. Evan Westrum finished 3rd, Ellie Staley 5th and Brielle Dallman finished 29th with a personal best.
400 Freestyle Relay
The excitement didn’t diminish with the last event of the meet as the Laker A-squad (Tracy, Johnson, Steinke, Peterson) turned in four super swims for a first-place finish. The B-squad (A. Gerdes, M. Westrum, Staley, Hamm) swam out of their minds for a fourth-place finish. The C-squad (McLeod, Rogstad, Blake, Cannon) earned some good points with an 18th-place finish and the D-squad (Miller, Zurn, Freeman, Gag) did their job finishing 29th.
True Team, is affiliated with the Minnesota Swim and Dive Coaches Association. Competition is based on the idea that every team member's performance counts toward the team's score in competition.
First place will be worth as many points as the number of possible entries in the event. For example: If there are eight teams entered in the meet there is a possible 32 entries per event. Thus making first place worth 32 points, second place worth 31 points etc. etc. Relay points are double the value of individual events.
Each school shall enter up to four individuals and four relay teams per event.
Meets are held at the section level - using the MSHSL section assignments. The top scoring team from each section will advance to the state meet. Additional teams will be given "Wild Card" births into the state meet to complete the field of 12 teams based on their True Team Section Meet performance.
Complete results from the Section 8A True Team meet, clickhere