Hopkins girls’ swimming and diving came up just short in the first ever Lake Conference meeting with Buffalo in their pool, 96-85, on Sept. 19 during Homecoming week, before a quick turnaround to compete in the Maroon and Gold two days later.

Several swimmers posted better times during the invitational as the Royals finished second, despite the time in between meets.

Hopkins took on Edina in a Lake Conference dual coming up short 98-78 on Oct. 3 with the Royals finishing second in the 200-yard medley relay with the team of freshman Bea Durham, senior Alison Hall, senior Elsbeth Epperson and sophomore Linnea Tix in 2 minutes, 0.48 seconds

Hopkins freshman Chloe Buschmann was runner-up in the 100 fly in 1:04.08 behind Edina’s Skyler Kieffer.

As for the level of competition each week, coach Ashley Wise said it’s a deep conference which ultimately helps them at the end of the season, to know what the other teams are doing better.

“The Lake Conference is so deep that we really compete against the best in the state each week,” Wise said. “It all sets us up well for the end of the season.”

Captains this season include Epperson, senior Susanna Fish, senior Kaija Pratt and Hall.

Being a young team, Wise said it helps to have so many step up to make incremental improvements.

“It’s been exciting to see the growth our young swimmers have showed in a short amount of time,” Wise said. “True Team sections will be a great opportunity for us to see the competition we will face when we get to (MSHSL) sections in November.”

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