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Girls swim team dives into season

Coach Brian Luke leads the Stillwater Area High School girls swimming and diving team into another season, on the heels of a second-place finish in the Suburban East Conference. Woodbury may have edged the Ponies out for the top spot in the conference last year, but Stillwater had 12 individuals earn trips to state

the most ever for the program.

"We're going to shoot for (the SEC title) this year. We have Mounds View next week, so we'll be thrown in the fire right away," Luke said. "It will take a few meets to see who's going to fill in a few holes."

The Ponies return 11 seniors with experience, but lost 19 to graduation, so there will be holes for Luke to fill. Eight members of the team earned all conference honors last season, including seniors Maggie Luke and Hannah Rivall, juniors Kelsey Hausken and Maddy Mahon, sophomore Cathryn DeShawn, and freshmen Samantha Hajlo, Tavis Potter, and Meagan Radecke.

It's clear there is talented returners in each grade. Breanna Holmes, Gina Bailey, Maggie Luke and Hannah Rivall are the captains for the 2003 season.

Tuesday, the Ponies fell behind to Elk River and despite making up ground in the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke, the Elks won the meet 97-89.

Julla Frost (1 M diving), Maddie Frost (100 Fly), Sam Hajlo (100 Backstroke), Tavis Potter (100 Breaststroke) all notched first place finishes in the meet.

Stillwater competed in the Suburban East Conference meet Thursday after the Leader went to press. The diving took place at Cottage Grove Junior High and the relays took place at the Stillwater Junior High School pool.