The Morris / Minnewaska girls swim and dive team competed at the Section True Team meet Saturday, Oct. 6, in Sartell and at Holdingford Tuesday, Oct. 6.
At True Team on Saturday, the Gators finished seventh closely behind Albany, head coach Linda Hoffmann said.
“I was pleased with our swims considering we were coming off of homecoming and all of the festivities,” Hoffmann said of Minnewaska homecoming last week. “All of our girls were tired, but they rose to the challenge and we had some personal bests.”
Sophomore Avery Jorgenson swam personal bests in 200-yard IM and the 500-yard freestyle. Hannah Hoffmann had season best in the 200-yard freestyle for 11th place and a lifetime best of 5:54.32 for sixth place in the 500-yard freestyle. Bailey Schoen had a season best in the 100-yard backstroke with a 1:07.98, good for eighth place.
Relays swam well, coach Hoffmann said. The 400-yard freestyle relay of Schoen, Audrey Dorweiler, McKenna Hufford and Makena Thoen had a season best 4:12.
Other top eight finishes include: Lacey Entzi’s sixth place finish (1:08.22) in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle relay of Shannon Dougherty, Michele Stai, Entzi and Hoffmann took sixth in 1:49.
The 400-yard freestyle relay of Dougherty, Ali Femrite, Entzi and Hoffmann just missed top eight with a ninth place finish in 4:01.88.
Against Holdingford Tuesday, the Gators won 64-36 despite a slow start.
“We swam a little bit uninspired in the first half of the Holdingford meet, but came to life after a great showing by the divers,” coach Linda Hoffmann said.
All seven divers scored over 100 points, which is a first this season, Hoffmann said.
“Makarian Schott nailed her 11-dive list in practice the night before and performed some new dives and scored really well,” Hoffmann said.
Abbie Barsness scored all sixes on her forward pike dive.
“It was a beautiful dive, and she had plenty of height off the board to execute those scores,” Hoffmann said.
Jaida Hess took first place with 164 points. Hess has been working on her 2.5 twists in practice and it has been paying off, Hoffmann said.
“The difficulty (of those dives) is 2.3 and she scored fives on the dive (against Holdingford),” Hoffmann said. “Leslie Murken is continuing to improve and executing her inward dives that she has been working on for conference and Lily Anderson is working hard on her reverse somersaults so she can compete at the next level as well.”
The Gators pulled away with the meet when they outscored Huskers in the 200-yard freestyle relay, a one-two finish by Bailey Schoen and Ali Femrite in the 100-yard backstroke, and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
First places for the Gators were: Hannah Hoffmann in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle, Lacey Entzi in the 200-yard IM, Michele Stai in the 50-yard freestyle.
“Depth was the key as we captured many third place finishes to outscore the Huskers 5-3,” Hoffmann said.
The Gators will have their last dual meet of the season against Perham at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Minnewaska Area High School in Glenwood.