Although Wayzata High jumped to an early lead in the Minnetonka Swimming and Diving Invitational, Minnetonka soon took over and used its depth to win the championship.
Coach Dan Berve’s Skippers were champions with 600 points, while Wayzata scored 510 for third place. Eden Prairie completed the Lake Conference’s dominance of the meet by finishing third with 433 points. Other team scores were Breck School 238, Chanhassen 207, Maple Grove 129, Hopkins 60 and Osseo 38.
“It was a good day for all of the teams,” said Berve. “There were good races throughout the meet. We are kind of rebuilding our freestyle relay teams, but both of them won with good times for this point in the season.”
Jordan McGinty of Wayzata was the star of the meet with two individual first places, plus a relay first place. Addie Diaz and Ellie Schini stood out for Minnetonka with a solo wins and a second win on relays.
Berve pointed out that Minnetonka’s younger swimmers made a big difference in the meet.
“We had four place winners in the 200 freestyle,” he said. “And all of them were sophomores or younger. Our ninth-graders are getting used to the intensity of the high school sports scene, which is more competitive than they’re used to. Varsity swimming is a step up, but many of them have had good training in club swimming.”
Wayzata’s 200-yard medley relay of McGinty Jenna Marquette, Melinda Zhang and Lydia Gengler opened the meet with a time in 1:50.14. Minnetonka was a close second in the race with Ashley Frankwitz, Quinci Wheeler, Julia Guptail and Schini swimming 1:51.11. Eden Prairie was third with Katelyn Pennell, Ashley Plantenberg, Grace Logue and Lorelei Schwab.
Minnetonka pulled even with the Trojans when ninth-grade Addie Diaz won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.72. Breck’s Katelin Phelps was second and Minnetonka’s Audrey Soetanto was third.
Chanhassen’s Sophie Macy won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:08.59. The top five included Yvonne Jia from Breck, Zhang from Wayzata and the Minnetonka duo of Maija Kangas and Frankwitz.
Minnetonka’s Schini took first place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.86. Grace Witherspoon and Faith Larsen of Eden Prairie took second and third.
Saylor Hawkins from Breck won the diving title with 465.60 points. Others top-five finishers are Susanna Fish from Hopkins, Faith Robinson from Minnetonka and the Wayzata duo of Lindsey Esselman and Grace Treanor.
Wayzata’s Zhang won the 100-yard butterfly in 57.78 and Minnetonka’s Jia was second in 58.40. Other top five finishers are Claire Reinke from Wayzata, Amber Croonquist from Osseo and Nicole Burg from Minnetonka.
Wayzata’s McGinty set a meet record with her time of 52.19 in the 100-yard freestyle. Minnetonka’s Regan Miller and Schini placed second and third with Marquette from Wayzata and Stella Urness from Breck rounding out the top five.
Antoni Haupt won the third event in a row for Wayzata by swimming 5:18.69 in the 500-yard freestyle. Her teammate, Madison Rundell, placed second and was followed by Kalina Fuglie of Chanhassen, Ellery Kitt from Minnetonka and Adrienne Peterson from Eden Prairie.
Minnetonka’s answer to three straight events win for Wayzata came with a Skipper victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Miller, Burg, Nadia Helm and Schini went 1:38.67 to win by more than 2.5 seconds over second-place Eden Prairie. The Eagles used Witherspoon, Logue, Plantenburg and Greta Dunn. Breck placed third with Jia, Willow Milchman, Shaniya Newton and Urness. Minnetonka’s second team of Guptail, Rachel Shelstad, Eva Grant and Diaz took fourth place. Wayzata was fifth with Claire Reinke, Sarah Cao, Lauren Luebnow and Emma Reinke.
McGinty posted her third win of the meet, taking the 100 backstroke in 57.33. Chloe Skogg and Purnell of Eden Prairie were second and third, followed by Phelps from Breck and Kat Sisombath from Minnetonka.
In a close race for 100 breaststroke honors, Kylie Rydland of Eden Prairie edged Wayzata’s Marquette 1:)7.48 to 1:07.77. Wheeler from Minnetonka was third in 1:08.21. Macy from Chanhassen and Urness from Breck completed the top five.
Minnetonka capped its victory with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. Diaz, Sisombath, Nadia Helm and Berg swam 3:37.60 for a season best. Wayzata took second place with Zhang, Emma Reinke, Marquette and McGinty. Third place went to the Breck team of Jia, Phelps, Newton and Urness. Minnetonka claimed fourth place with Kangas, Soetanto, Penelope Helm and Frankwitz. Eden Prairie took fifth place with Larsen, Witherspoon, Pennell and Schwab.
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