The Winona Winhawk girls swimming and diving program had a remarkable day as it finished in a tie for second place at the Richfield Invite. This was indicative of the hard work the girls have been putting into their season and is only a prequel as to what’s to come!
Delano came in in first with 745; second was a tie between Winona and Richfield, 436; fourth went to Owatonna, 251; fifth was Eveleth-Gilbert, 232; sixth went to Robbinsdale-Cooper, 134.5; and in seventh was Minnehaha Academy, 75.7.
For this meet, the team was allowed three relay entries per relay and four individual entries per individual event.
WSHS started the meet with some very strong medley relays, where it placed fourth, sixth and 14th. Finishing in fourth place with a time of 2:03.60 was the relay of Lauren Whyte, Bailey Olson, Carolyn Macon, and Mary Hoffman. Finishing in sixth place was the relay team of Anna MacLennan, Emily Robison, Tara Ziegeweid, and Jillian Foss with a time of 2:10.46. And finishing in 14th was the relay team of Sierra Lohnes, Anna-Lee Landers, Harper Wolner, and Grace Nelson with a time of 2:26.88.
The 200 freestyle continued the great day for the girls as they finished in seventh, 11th, 15, and 16th. The Winhawk top finisher was Lauren Whyte with a time of 2:12.53. In 11th was Tara Ziegeweid with a time of 2:21.02. Rounding up the scorers in 15th was Anna McCormick in 2:24.42, with Anna-Lee Landers right on her heels in 16th with a time of 2:24.87.
The 200 individual medley, which is usually a lower-scoring event for the team, was actually one of its top events. WSHS placed fourth, eighth, 12th, and 15th. In fourth, with a time of 2:32.27, was Kaylee Niemeyer. In eighth was Anna MacLennan with a time of 2:39.17. In 12th was Emma Hanson at 2:44.18, and in 15th was Meixi (May-she) Yu with 2:52.52.
The 50 free is always competitive and these athletes splashed and dashed their way to sixth, 12th, and 14! In sixth was Mary Hoffman with a time of 26.80. In 12th was Jillian Foss with 29.22, and right behind her was Bailey Olson at 29.50.
Diving was the team’s best event, as it scored them the most points, taking first, third, fourth, and 11th. Winning the event with a total of 332.40 points was Issara Schmidt. Morgan Walker came in third with 315.40 points; Anna White placed fourth with 280 points, and in 11th was Ashlyn Full with 157.85 points!
The 100 butterfly had Carolyn Macon place fourth with a time of 1:06.92. In sixth was Tara Ziegeweid with a time of 1:14.83. Both of these times were season bests.
For the 100 freestyle, finishing in fifth was Mary Hoffman in 58.37. The team also took 14th, 15th, and 16th — Meixi Yu with a time of 1:06.02, Emily Robison in 1:06.08, and Jillian Foss in 1:06.39!
The Winhawks made some great finishes in the 500 freestyle; taking charge was Lauren Whyte as she placed fourth with a time of 5:58.70. Nipping at her heels and finishing fifth was Kaylee Niemeyer in 5:59.61. Finishing in the 13th spot was Harper Wolner in 6:35.10, and then, just a fingertip behind her in 14th, was Francesca Schewe with a time of 6:35.15.
The 200 freestyle relay saw the Winhawks place seventh and 10th; however, there was also a third relay that should have placed eighth, but it is unknown as of now why this didn’t happen. Leading the way in seventh was the relay of Mary Hoffman, Lauren Whyte, Kaylee Niemeyer, and Jillian Foss. They finished at 1:54.12. Placing 10th with a time of 2:04.28 was the relay team of Anna McCormick, Anna-Lee Landers, Ava Calvey, and Grace Nelson.
For the backstroke, Carolyn Macon led the way with a time of 1:09.31, placing her in fourth. Closely behind was Emma Hanson at 1:12.50 in sixth, with Anna MacLennan right behind her in ninth at 1:13.06. Rounding up the Winhawk girls’ scorers was Anna McCormick at 1:18.79.
Two WSHS girls placed well in the 100 breaststroke: Bailey Olson in 1:18.45 at fourth, and Emily Robison finishing in 10th place at 1:22.34.
The last event, the 400 freestyle relay, ended the meet on a good note; finishing in fifth place with a time of 4:22.61 was the team of Meixi Yu, Carolyn Macon, Emma Hanson, and Tara Ziegeweid. In ninth with a time of 4:35.05 was the relay team of Harper Wolner, Emily Robison, Anna McCormick, and Ryka Parsi. And in 12th, finishing in 4:54.64 was the relay team of Francesca Schewe, Grace Nelson, Sierra Lohnes, and Ava Calvey.
There were many great performances at this meet, especially as a few top athletes were missing due to ACT testing that day, along with a few injuries. What a great day to be part of the Winhawk girls swim and dive program!