Armstrong girls swimming and diving will once again have a strong group headed to the AA state meet with two relays and girls in four individual events all primed to push for medals.
The Falcons finished runner-up with a 331. Wayzata won its 14th straight section title with a 645.
Armstrong won the 200-yard free relay and took second in the 400 free relay to make state in both events. Seniors Sierra Smith and Molly Zook, sophomore Zoe Bresnahan and freshman Olivia Kehn were on both relays.
They won the 200 free relay in 1 minute, 38.31 seconds. Smith started the relay off on the fast track in 23.45 seconds, which gave the relay almost a second lead on second-place Wayzata. Zook followed in 25.38, and Kehn added to the lead in 24.68. Bresnahan finished the race in 24.8.
Wayzata senior Lauren Lubenow, sophomore Caitlyn Close, freshman Claire Reinke and seventh-grader Lucy Troyak were second in 1:38.75. Both relays beat the state standard of 1:39.53.
The 400 free relay was second in 3:39.82, which was behind first-place Wayzata (3:32.17).
Bresnahan finished her two laps in 54.27, and Zook was next in 56.77. Kehn was the third to go and finished her laps in 56.55.
With Champlin Park closing in, Smith took the final leg and finished her two laps in 52.23 to clinch the state berth.
Smith, Bresnahan and Kehn also advanced in individual events. Smith and Bresnahan finished first and second in the 200 free, both beating the state standard of 1:55.05. Smith touched the wall in 1:50.24, and Bresnahan was just over four seconds behind in 1:54.64.
Smith also won the 100 free by beating a pool record she set in 2018. She touched the wall in 50.79 seconds, besting Wayzata junior Jenna Marquette (51.58).
Bresnahan followed with a title a very competitive 500-freestyle race that advanced four swimmers. Bresnahan won in 5:01.88, and she was followed by Champlin Park freshman Lola Sanders (5:03.89), Wayzata senior Antoni Haupt (5:06.77) and Wayzata freshman Erika Schraber (5:09.72).
Kehn advanced in the 100 breaststroke. She ended up second in 1:07.85 following a strong start that gave her a half-second lead over Wayzata freshman Nora Rabe after the first lap. Wayzata’s Marquette set a 5AA section record, which she set in the prelims, with a first-place time of 1:02.38.
Several medals were awarded, as well. Zook took fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:13.75, and Kehn was fourth in the 50 free in 25.0. Zook also medaled in the 500 free with a sixth-place finish in 5:17.69.
The 200 medley relay of senior Kali Saffert, sophomores Brenna Scheib and Abby Garske and seventh-grader Kassidy Woods finished fifth in 2:00.36. Wayzata (1:45.78) and Irondale (1:49.43) advanced to state.
Sophomore Ella Steinke added an eighth-place finish in the 100 free in 56.61.
There were also several finishes in the consolation finals that added points to the Falcons runner-up totals.
Garske (2:21.34) and Woods (2:22.98) were ninth and 10th in the 200 IM, and Scheib finished 14th (2:28.41). Woods added a ninth-place finish in the 100 fly in 1:02.21, and Garske finished ninth in the 100 backstroke (1:03.45).
Sophomore Madline Carlson and freshman Amanda Hyland also just missed medals. Carlson finished ninth in the 100 free in 56.98, and Hyland was ninth in the 500 free in 5:31.62.
Hyland finished 12th in the 200 free in 2:06.77, and Saffert was 16th in 2:10.58. Carlson finished 12th in the 50 free in 26.22, and Steinke finished 14th in 26.36.
Junior Eileen Norwood finished 12th in the diving competition with 230.8 points, and Scheib was 12th in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.31.
Freshman Berit Dussault added a 15th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.46.
There were also several girls who competed in the prelims. Freshman Nola Fisher was 20th in the 50 free in 27.84.
Sophomore Morgan Stepan finished 17th in the diving competition with 162.45 points, and junior Kalla Stepan was 20th with 148.7 points. Sophomore Isabella Enger finished 22nd with 109.95 points.
Saffert was 17th in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.71), and senior Paige Koenen was 21st (1:22.27). Senior Mariona Purroy finished 18th in the 100 backstroke (1:09.65), and junior Addison Annis was 20th (1:11.08).
Annis was 19th in the 100 free (1:02.55), and senior Avital Harris took 19th in the 500 free (6:11.96).
Seventh-grader Sydney Podany took 20th in the 100 fly (1:12.48), and Harris (1:13.4) and freshman Stella Wright (1:16.11) took 22nd and 23rd.