Girls swimming and diving: East Ridge wins Tartan Titans Invitational championshipThe East Ridge girls swimming and diving team topped Mahtomedi and host Tartan, along with fellow District 833 foe Park, to win the Tartan Titans Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Skyview Middle School in Oakdale.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
The East Ridge girls swimming and diving team topped Mahtomedi and host Tartan, along with fellow District 833 foe Park, to win the Tartan Titans Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Skyview Middle School in Oakdale.
East Ridge scored a meet-best 464 points to take the title in the nine-team meet. Mahtomedi was second place with 393 points. Park finished ninth with 89.5 points.
East Ridge earned six first-place finishes in the 12-event meet en route to the championship.
Senior Melanie Rabino led the way with three first-place finishes for the Raptors in the meet.
Rabino took first place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.51, earned first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:28.56, and helped the Raptors’ 400-yard freestyle team, along with Maddy Peters, Taylor Blatchford and Rachel Treadway, earn first place with a time of 3:53.69 time.
Peters and Treadway also had first-place finishes in individual events, too. Peters, a sophomore, earned first place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 57.30, and took second place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.65, just back of Henry Sibley’s Anna Hamer (26.52). Treadway, a senior, took first place in the 100-yard butterfly with a meet-record 1:02.04 time in the event and finished second in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:19.38. Kenna Pasquale of Henry Sibley took first place (2:16.76) in the 200 IM. Rabino, Peters, Treadway and Blatchford also teamed up to take second place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:59.01, just back of Henry Sibley’s 1:58.94 time in the event.
East Ridge’s other first-place finish was turned in by diver Jenna Karrow. Karrow, a junior and the defending Class AA state champion in the event, earned a score of 423.25 to blow away the competition.
East Ridge’s other top finishes included sophomore Marissa Burleigh taking third in the 200-yard freestyle, eighth grader Kayla Maata taking second place in the 100-yard butterfly, Anna Moynihan, Burleigh, Sara Press and Brianna Schmitt taking second in the 200-yard freestyle relay and Taylor Blatchford earning fourth and fifth, respectively in the 100-yard butterfly.
Park’s best finish in the meet came from senior diver Ali Ramey, who took third place in the 1-meter dive with a score 260.15, just behind North St. Paul’s Dani Waskosky (275.85) and Karrow.
In swimming events, Park senior Emily Frazer finished in 11th place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.35 and 19th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:17.56 and junior Marit Christianson took 16th place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:24.94 and 18th place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:25.04. Also, freshman Alexandra Burd earned 16th place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:17.08. In relays, Frazer and Christianson teamed up with Madeline McNearney and Lissy Dorsch to take seventh place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:58.00 and Burd, Hannah Betsinger, Hannah Munson and Peyton Adams took seventh place with a time of 4:34.17 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
In Suburban East Conference competition prior to the Tartan invite, East Ridge earned a 93-85 victory over Forest Lake, winning 11 of 12 events, on Sept. 15, and fell to Hastings 97-84 on Sept. 21, and Park fell 95-81 to Roseville on Sept. 15, and to White Bear Lake on Sept. 22.
Next, East Ridge takes on Mounds View and Park battles Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, Sept. 29.