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Girls State Swimming and Diving 2016

Julie Kouba

Julie Kouba

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During the week of November 14th, the MN Girls State Swimming and Diving meet took place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota. Sartell finished 5th overall with the swimmers having many of their swimmers’ best times.

2016 State Team:

Claire Boschee (Diving), Darah Coleman (200 Medley Relay, 100 Breaststroke), Anna Ellis (200 Medley Relay, 200 IM, 100 Backstroke, 400 Freestyle Relay), Maddie Hedlund (200 Freestyle Relay, 100 Backstroke, 400 Freestyle Relay), Heidi Lenarz (200 IM, 100 Butterfly), Liberty Johnson (200 Free Relay), Marena Kouba (200 Medley Relay, 200 IM, 100 Backstroke, 400 Freestyle Relay), Lauryn Kramer (200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay), Kristin Martens (200 Medley Relay, 500 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay), Lexy Oftedahl (Alternate), Tonya Paul (Alternate), Natalia Silva (Alternate), Melissa Thompson (Alternate), Betsy Weil (100 Breaststroke).

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Some of the girls getting ready to leave for the cities in their van!

Wednesday, November 16th the team got to the school at approximately 7:15AM. From there they left the school and headed for the cities. The swimmers had warm-up in the pool for 30 minutes at 10:30AM. After they warmed up some headed to Noodles and Company while others went to Chipotle for lunch. They went back to the pool to eat and watch diving.

DIVING PRELIMS/SEMI-FINALS:

Claire Boschee was the only diver from Sartell to make it to state. On Wednesday, she competed to make it in the top 16. After the first 5 dives, the divers were cut to the top 20. After 3 more dives, they were cut to the top 16. After Wednesday’s prelims and semi-finals, Claire was placed 2nd in the state. The swimmers would not swim until Thursday.

SWIMMING PRELIMS:

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Anna Ellis doing a backstroke start

Thursday was prelims for the swimmers. This means that they swim to see if they make it to finals. To make it to finals, one would have to be in the top 16. If one is placed 1-8 in prelims one will get a medal and there is no way one can get a lower place than 8th in finals. If one places 9-16 in prelims, one does not get a medal and the highest one can place is 9th place in finals.

Thursday came around and everyone was nervous. Nine swimmers made it in individual events and relays. Warm-ups started at 10:30, and the meet started at 12:00. Eventually 12:00 came around, and the meet started.

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Kristin Martens swimming the 500 Freestyle

The first event was the 200 Medley relay, Sartell was placed 10th going into the meet.
The relay consisted of Anna Ellis (backstroke), Darah Coleman (breaststroke), Marena Kouba (butterfly), and Lauryn Kramer (freestyle). After they did the relay, they made it to finals and were placed 5th.

The event Sartell had swimmers in was the 200 Individual Medley. Heidi Lenarz was placed 25th going into the meet, Marena Kouba was placed 15th going into the meet, and Anna Ellis was placed 7th going into the meet. Heidi finished 24th after prelims. Marena and Anna made it to finals. Marena was placed 9th, and Anna was seeded 8th.

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Anna Ellis on the podium for the 200 Individual Medley (5th Place)

The next event Sartell had a swimmer in was the 100 Butterfly. Heidi Lenarz was placed 22nd going into the meet, and finished 21st after prelims.

Kristin Martins swam in the 500 Freestyle. She made it to finals and was placed 14th going into the meet. After prelims, she was still placed 14th.

Right after the 500, the 200 Freestyle Relay took place. The relay consisted of Liberty Johnson, Maddie Hedlund, Lauryn Kramer, and Kristin Martens. Going into the meet the relay was placed 18th. The relay made it to finals and was placed 14th.

The next event was the 100 Backstroke, and Maddie Hedlund (placed 16th), Marena Kouba (placed 6th), and Anna Ellis (placed 1st) were all in it. After prelims Maddie was placed 20th, Marena was placed 1st, and Anna was placed 3rd.

The next event, the 100 Breaststroke, had two swimmers from Sartell. Darah Coleman was placed 21st going into prelims, and Betsy Weil was placed 22nd going into the meet. After prelims, Darah finished in 20th, and Betsy finished in 22nd.

The last event of the meet, the 400 Freestyle Relay, consisted of Marena Kouba, Kristin Martins, Maddie Hedlund, and Anna Ellis. The relay was placed 6th going into the meet, and they finished 7th after prelims.

SWIMMING AND DIVING FINALS:

Warm-ups for finals were at 10:30AM, and the meet started at 12:00 again. The girls were ready for a great last day of the meet and season.

The meet started, and the first event, the 200 Medley Relay took place. The relay was switched up a bit from prelims and now consisted of Anna Ellis (backstroke), Darah Coleman (breaststroke), Marena Kouba (butterfly), and Kristin Martens (freestyle). The relay took 7th overall with a time of 1:50.58.

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Claire Boschee diving one of her final dives of the meet

The 200 Individual Medley was the next event for the Sabres. Marena Kouba finished 10th with a time of 2:11.42. Anna Ellis finished 5th with a time of 2:09.41.

Diving came next for the Sabres. Claire Boschee had 3 dives left for finals. She dove very high and beautifully, and ended her high school career with a 2nd place finish, and a score of 408.45.

In the 500 Freestyle, Kristin Martens held her spot of 14th place with a time of 5:21.51.

The 200 Freestyle Relay was next for the Sabres. The relay consisted of Liberty Johnson, Maddie Hedlund, Lauryn Kramer, and Kristin Martens. The relay finished 14th with a time of 1:41.87.

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100 Backstroke Finals: Marena Kouba State Champion & Anna Ellis Runner Up

In the 100 Backstroke Anna Ellis finished 2nd with a time of 57.33, and Marena Kouba was the state champion with a time of 56.65. This is the first time in Sartell history that the Girls Swim and Dive team has had a 1-2 finished at the state meet in any event!

The last event of the meet was the 400 Freestyle Relay. The Sabres’ relay team consisted of Marena Kouba, Kristin Martens, Maddie Hedlund, and Anna Ellis. The girls finished in 6th place with a time of 3:36.98.
Overall the team did very well. They finished 5th overall, and they were the 2nd best public school competing in the meet.

 

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Tonya Paul and Kristin Martens after the meet was over!

Related links:

Psych Sheets: http://mshsl.org/mshsl/upload/MSHSL070816PsychA.htm

Prelims: http://mshsl.org/mshsl/upload/MSHSL150613ResultsAPrelims.htm

Finals: http://mshsl.org/mshsl/upload/MSHSL150647ResultsA.htm

All Area Team: http://www.sctimes.com/story/sports/high-school/2016/11/27/times-all-area-girls-swim-team/94354416/

Sartell-Melrose Backstrokers: http://www.sctimes.com/story/sports/high-school/2016/11/15/area-well-represented-backstroke-state/93853012/

Meet Recap: http://sartell-sabres.com/2016/11/20/sartell-high-school-girls-varsity-swimming-finishes-5th-place/

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The 200 Medley Relay getting ready to swim for the medals!

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Marena Kouba swimming Butterfly for the 200 Medley Relay

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Terrific 7th place finish for the Sabres!

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Anna Ellis and Marena Kouba getting ready for the 100 Backstroke

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Marena Kouba During the 100 Backstroke

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Marena Kouba is State Champion and Anna Ellis is Runner Up in the 100 Backstroke!! (Making Sabre history for the first two to ever finish 1-2 in an event at the State Meet!)

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The 400 Freestyle Relay getting in the zone before they swim

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They’re ready to go!

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Maddie Hedlund diving in for the 3rd leg of the 400 Freestyle Relay

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Nice 6th place finish!

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