Anoka

Head coach (years with team): Nicole Hedman (1st year).

Team captains: Maddie Anderson, Izzy Blanchard, Chloe Isted and Veda Karlsen-Heil.

Returning starters/key contributors: returning state qualifier Julia Solberg, 500 free; Lexci Wuorenma, section finalist 50 free and 100 free; divers Maddie Anderson and Marisa Swartz; and swimmers Izzy Blanchard and Veda Karlsen-Heil.

New athletes: Emma Diehl and Erin Neises.

Team strength(s): “There is a lot of potential with this young team,” Hedman said.

Expectations: “Keep improving, work as a team to have each athlete achieve best times/scores,” Hedman said.

Coon Rapids

Head coach (years with team): Doug Donaldson (5th year as head coach, 8th year of coaching overall).

Team captains: Seniors Jadelyn Mickalowski and Aubrey Zroback.

Returning starters/key contributors: Junior Megan Schultze: broke her own school records in 50 free, 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke last year. Won the 100 butterfly at sections and second in the 100 breaststroke, setting a pool and section record in the butterfly, and earned an All-American consideration time in the 100 breaststroke. Earned all-state honors with a fifth place in 100 butterfly and fourth place in 100 breaststroke at the state meet. Was all-conference for the fourth year in a row. Was a part of two third-place relays at sections that broke the school records (200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay). Overall, she holds six school records and is no worse than third place all-time in any swimming event. She has one pool record at Northdale and two pool records at St. Peter. At the conference relay meet Aug. 22, Schultze set the school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.53. The previous record was held by Liz Starke at 1:00.68 and was set in 2006. Sophomore Ella Hacker: placed third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke at sections. Was all-conference and a member of the school record breaking 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Senior Tamala King: finished 10th in 200 free and seventh in the 500 free at sections. Was all-conference and a member of the school record breaking 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Sophomore Emma Schmit: placed 11th in the 200 IM and 12th in the 100 butterfly at sections. Was a part of the school record breaking 400 freestyle relay. Senior Jadelyn Mickalowski: was a part of the school record breaking 200 freestyle relay.

New athletes: “(We have) not necessarily new athletes, but younger returning athletes that are ready to break out,” Donaldson said. “We have a good group of young girls who are entering their second or third season and I think will begin contributing to the varsity scoring.”

Team strength(s): “I think we are finally a team with experience,” Donaldson said. “Still relatively young, but we have a lot of girls who have been on the team now for three or more years. They are more committed than ever to working hard, so I am excited to see what we are able to accomplish as a team this year. I think the experience will certainly help us improve as a team.”

Expectations: “Our goals and expectations are simple,” Donaldson said. “We are holding our athletes accountable to the work they put in. Our goal for the season is to improve as a team. We know we have a lot of work to do to get better and compete with other teams in the conference. I have been really impressed by the effort of the girls so far this season and am excited to see the results of their effort as the season goes on.”

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