Blaine, Andover and Anoka captured the top three spots during the Section 7AA Girls Swimming and Diving Championships at Northdale Pool in Coon Rapids Nov. 11-13.
Blaine won six of 12 events and had 10 state qualifying swims en route to the team title. Event champions for the Bengals included the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Megan Thomson, Kalli Stark, Maria Clarke and Sophia Leo (1:40.40), the 400 freestyle relay team of Addison Stadden, Maddie Schrank, Hanna Ryan and Allison Schrank (3:32.92), Allison Schrank in the 50 free (23.78), Maddie Schrank in the 200 free (1:53.81) and the 100 butterfly (57.12) and Ryan in the 100 free (53.98). Runners-up included Stadden in the 100 free (54.08) and the 200 IM (2:10.59), the 200 medley relay team of Allison Schrank, Hanna Ryan, Maddie Schrank and Addison Stadden (1:47.51) and Allison Schrank in the 100 backstroke (55.99).
Andover won five events and had eight state qualifying swims in a runner-up team finish. Grace Rabb won the 200 IM (2:02.49) and the 100 backstroke (54.41) and led off the winning 200 medley relay team followed by Cate Pawlaski, Grace Summerbell and Talia Dalton that finished in 1:45.11. Dalton added a win in the 500 free (5:15.16) and Pawlaski won the 100 breaststroke (1:03.79). Advancing as runners-up were Dalton in the 200 freestyle (1:58.08), Pawlaski in the 50 free (24.00) and the 400 free relay team of Dalton, LeeAnna Seward, Pawlaski and Rabb (3:36.37).
Anoka had a trio of state-qualifying performances in a third-place team finish. Advancing as runners-up were the 200 free relay team of Ally Diehl, Emma Diehl, Hannah Halbach and Erin Neises (1:42.48) and Neises in the 500 free (5:24.76), and moving on in third place in diving was Kirsten Bailey with a score of 343.75.
Coon Rapids' Ella Hacker advanced to state as the runner-up in the 100 butterfly in 57.55.
Section 5AA
Spring Lake Park earned fourth as a team in Section 5AA Nov. 11-13. The Panthers' 200 medley relay team of Carly Lindquist, Kirsten King, Cora Roseborough and Meghan Erdahl earned third in 1:56.98 and King earned fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.46.
Section 2A
Fridley placed ninth and Columbia Heights placed 10th in Section 2A.

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