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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.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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