Park girls swimming & diving: Wolfpack sunk by rival Royals in opener
The Park girls swimming and diving team lost its first head-to-head meet of the 2013 season, 101-77, to Suburban East Conference and intra-district rival Woodbury last Thursday at Woodbury High School.
Woodbury went 1-2-3 in 3 events and mathematically clinched the win with three events remaining.
Woodbury senior Kristina Swanson won the 200-yard freestyle (2:12.38), followed by Royals’ senior Maddie Norsten (2:16.34) and junior Natasha Vo (2:27.0). Park’s Morgan Fox had the Wolfpack’s best finish, taking fourth (2:34.51).
Woodbury junior Ana Sortland, freshman Taylor Brooks and senior Sydney Swanson took first, second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 56.68, 57.09 and 58.0. Park seventh grader Tiana Cachuela was fourth (58.93) and junior Maddy McNearney took fifth (1:01.36).
Woodbury eighth grader Lucia Rizzo led the way in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:26.17, followed by Sydney Swanson (5:45.53) and junior Daphne Kroells (6:14.66). Park seventh grader Katie Shogren had the Wolfpack’s best finish, taking fourth place (6:38.39).
In addition, Norsten won the 100-yard butterfly (1:11.52), just ahead of Royals’ sophomore Leah Cody (1:11.56). Park senior Hannah Munson took third (1:18.0) in the event.
Woodbury junior Linnea Rizzo won the 200-yard individual medley (2:20.60) ahead of Park’s Cachuela (2:26.03) and Lucia Rizzo won the 50-yard freestyle (26.08), ahead of Swanson (26.87) and Park senior Olivia Giannini (27.17).
Also, Woodbury took first and second in the 200-yard medley relay for 12 of 14 available points.
Park’s team of McNearney, Peyton Adams, Munson and Cachuela won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:51.04, beating Woodbury’s squad of Meg Graupmann, Laura Parker, Kristina Swanson and Kelly Bosch (1:51.07).
In addition, Park junior Sarah Schank won the diving competition with a score of 194.25 – ahead of Woodbury’s Meaghan Miller, who scored 169.50 for second place.
Next, Woodbury is back at home to take on SEC foe Cretin-Derham Hall, while Park welcomes conference power Stillwater to Cottage Grove on Thursday, Sept. 5.