The Winhawk Girls Swim and Dive team won their 2019 season opener in Faribault, 95-85.
The team began the night with a strong 200 medley going neck and neck with Faibault and got out touched at the finish, losing the race 2:02.03 to 2:02.70. Winhawk girls taking second were Anna MacLennan, Emily Robison, Kaylee Niemeyer, and Mary Hoffman. In third place were Grace Nelson, Anna-Lee Landers, Tara Ziegeweid, and Ava Pike. They finished in 2:15.36.
In the 200 freestyle, Winhawk girls took second, third and fourth; taking second in 2:05.65 was Carolyn Macon, in third was Kaylee Niemeyer in 2:19.71, and in fourth was Harper Wolner in 2:24.11.
In the 200 individual medley the Winhawk girls took first, second and third. Leading the charge was Anna MacLennan with her 2:43.23. Ava Pike was second with her 2:45.32, and adding that valuable third place was Anna-Lee Landers in 2:48.49.
In the 50 free, Mary Hoffman chased after Verity Wray-Raabolle but fell just short, taking second in 27.33. Finishing fifth was Tara Ziegeweid, who raced to a 29.44.
The girls rocked the diving board as Issara Schmidt took first in 222.85 points with Morgan Walker right on her heels in second with 182.70 points! Ashlynn Full picked up a valuable fourth-place finish scoring 111.75 points!
Faribault has some incredible top-end speed but doesn’t have a lot of depth. This showed in their 100 butterfly as they did not field any competitors against the Winhawks. Carolyn Macon took charge from the beginning and led the whole way to win the race in 1:03.17. Kaylee Niemeyer is starting to like her transition to being a flier and took second with her 1:13.49. Taking third in a great swim was Ryka Parsi with a time of 1:19.39.
The 100 freestyle saw Abby Larson pound her way to a quick 54.67, another state-qualifying time. The girls finished third and fourth, with Emily Robison taking third in 1:03.52 and Ava Pike taking fourth in 1:04.01.
The Winhawks once again showed their depth in the 500 freestyle as they took second, third, and fourth! Tara Ziegeweid gave their number one a great race but fell just short at the end with her time of 6:11.81. Harper Wolner was right behind her finishing in 6:25.09, and taking that valuable fourth spot was Grace Nelson in 6:34.31! For Nelson, this was a 20-second drop from her best time last season.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the Winhawks sent up a pretty strong lineup and gave Faribault a heck of a race, taking second place with a finishing time of 1:51.48. That was the team of Carolyn Macon, Emily Robison, Ava Pike, and Harper Wolner. The girls also took third place in the race earning two valuable points. The team of Anna-Lee Landers, Ryka Parsi, Jillian Foss, and Ava Calvey finished in 1:58.68.
In backstroke, Verity Wray-Raabolle is the defending section champion, so the Winhawk girls knew she would be tough. Verity is quite fast and finished in first while the Hawks took 2nd, third and fifth. Mary Hoffman took 2nd in 1:07.12, Anna MacLennan was third in 1:09.44, and Anna McCormick was fifth in 1:17.84.
Emily Robison had a come-from-behind victory in the 100 breaststroke, winning in 1:21.46! Robison touched the wall at the 75 in second place by almost a second, but had a very strong last 25 and got an inch in front of Faribault’s 1:21.59. The girls also took fourth and fifth in the event as Anna-Lee Landers swam a speedy 1:28.63 and Ava Calvey was right behind her in 1:29.34.
Last was the 4x100 free relay. At this point in the race, the Winhawks had won the meet from a point perspective, so their points earned did not officially count. The girls took second in the race overall with a 4:06.81, the team of Carolyn Macon, Kaylee Niemeyer, Harper Wolner, and Mary Hoffman. The Winhawks also would have taken third in the event as Tara Ziegeweid, Grace Nelson, Anna McCormick, and Anna MacLennan raced to a 4:34.59.
The Winhawks will swim again on Thursday, September 5, at home taking on the Rochester JM Rockets.