Sports Roundup: 3 swimmers are off to stateThree swimmers from Two Harbors have advanced to the state meet to compete in four events through Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center after a strong showing at the Section 7A meet in Hibbing.
Three swimmers from Two Harbors have advanced to the state meet to compete in four events through Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center after a strong showing at the Section 7A meet in Hibbing.
Junior Brooke Fletcher qualified in 200- (first place at section meet) and 500-yard freestyle (second) events while junior Steph McGregor will be competing in the 200-yard individual medley (first). Junior Rebecca Ronning (first) will return to state for the third year in a row in diving. The team finished third overall at sections.
“We are surprised,” said head coach Tara Kasell, about advancing three swimmers to state. She said she isn’t completely shocked considering how well the team has done since midseason.
Kasell said the team has put forth a huge amount of effort. “We really push them,” she said.
Over the last two seasons, Ronning has competed alone at state, while this year she will have some company.
“It feels super good,” Ronning said. She said she cried both times watching her teammates win at sections.
Ronning has been giving Fletcher and McGregor some advice for the meet. She told them to go in with an attitude to just have fun.
“It’s pretty exciting,” McGregor said. “My coaches … they really pushed us during summer practices.”
Fletcher said it will be a great experience and she is hoping to drop her times from the section meet.
Kasell, along with diving coach Kathy Ronning and assistant coach Heather Oberg, have all been named coaches of the year in Section 7A.
Others who performed strongly and the section meet, but didn’t qualify for state, included Mara Boulanger (third in 200-yard freestyle) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team that also placed third (Jennie Dwyer, Boulanger, Ronning, and Fletcher).
Silver Bay girls hockey
The Silver Bay Area girls hockey team lost to the Duluth Northern Stars 3-1 Thursday.
Duluth scored early in the first, but the Mariners Marina Carter tied it at the 8:15 mark. Duluth hit the other side of the net one more time in the first to take a 2-1 lead going into intermission.
The teams were both held scoreless in the second period. In the third, Duluth added the clinching goal at 11:23 to top the Mariners.
Nikki Mealey had 20 saves for Silver Bay.
The Mariners home opener is at 7:30 p.m. tonight against International Falls.