Temperatures have started to drop outside which means competition is heating up swimming pools around Minnesota as teams prepare for their prospective conference and section meets, hoping for a chance to compete at Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center for the state meet in Minneapolis Nov. 18-20. Thursday, Oct. 14, Ogilvie/Mora Swim Team made the road trip to Milaca for a dual meet where they lost by a score of 111-72.
The girls had their sights on the bigger picture while competing during buildup week. Buildup week consists of two practices a day to increase strength and endurance for the upcoming conference and section meets. Despite the loss to Milaca, OMST took home six first place finishes.
Tayah Anderson won the 100-yard fly with a time of 1:08.21, and was involved in the first place 400-yard free relay team (4:18.60) with Sara Wren, Rita Erickson and Lola Schwinghamer. Anderson just missed another first place finish by .64 hundredths of second in the 200-yard individual medley. Rita Erickson took first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:14.75 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:56.34. Abby Telander took second with a time of 6:39.44. Lola Schwinghamer took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.84 and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.85.
“Lily Erickson surprised us, along with herself, during the Milaca meet,” said head coach Sara Miller. Despite finishing fourth place in the 500-yard freestyle, “she dropped a significant amount of time in her 500 even though we started buildup this week. We are excited to see what she does when she’s fully rested at conference.”
Junior varsity diver, Piper Radermacher, brought home second place and varsity diver, Aspen Anderson, took fourth place, as they scored 102.15 and 154.50 respectively. “This year we have Debby Anderson as our diving coach,” said Coach Miller. “This is her first year with the team and is really excited to give the girls the opportunity to dive. It’s been great to see some of our swimmers taking time to learn a new sport and still be part of the team.”
“The season has been going well considering all of the unforeseen factors of quarantines and illness,” said Miller. “The girls set out to win at least three meets this season and accomplished this goal after their meet against Lakes Academy. We already have a couple of girls who have qualified for sections and are hoping to gain more by the conference meet.”
Those who qualified so far for the section meet are: Tayah Anderson (200 IM, 100 Fly, and 100 back), Abby Telander (200 free and 500 free), Rita Erickson (200 free and 500 free), and Lola Schwinghamer (200 free, 50 free, 100 free, and 500 free).
The conference meet this year will be at Becker Saturday, Oct. 30. Sections are also at Becker Nov. 11 - 13. Nov. 11 is swimming prelims, Nov. 12 is diving prelims and Nov. 13 is swimming and diving finals. In order for a swimmer or diver to make it to finals, they need to place in the top 16. In order to medal in the finals, the swimmers need to be top eight after prelims. Even if the times are slower on finals, the top eight receive a medal.
Put it on your calendar. OMST offers a free clinic in May for fifth and sixth grade girls who would like to try swimming. It’s a great opportunity for those girls to try something new.