|10/17/2013 3:14:00 PM|
Chisago Lakes finishes fourth at true team, swamped by Buffalo
by JEFF NORTON
The Wildcats went outside of the box last week for their true team meet and their dual meet against Buffalo. Head Coach Ed Wakefield decided to try to swim some of his top girls in different events than they normally compete in to get some extra points in different spots. At True Team, Dani Berg swam in the 200 and 500 free, events usually manned and dominated by Thomi Lee.
Berg, however, fared well, finishing second in both events. Lee, meanwhile, swam the 50 free 100 fly events. She finished in third place in the 50 free and second place in the fly. “It was weird to see Thomi get beat a couple times, but I tried her in a couple different events.” Wakefield said. Courtney Schlegel earned 23 points for the Wildcats in diving, finishing in second place with 259.55 points.
Berg, Mara Harris, Kalli Jo Olson and Lee teamed up to finish fourth in the 400 free relay, earning CL 42 points. The’ Cats ended up with 821 points in fourth place, just 30 points behind Richfield in third place. “Our hope was to take third, we knew it would be between us and Richfield,” Wakefield said. “We gave them a good run and were up on them most of the meet but they just got us at the end.” Hill-Murray won the event with 969 points and Henry Sibley finished second with 936.
Buffalo 102, Chisago Lakes 79
Again, Wakefield shuffled his lineup to see where he could get some extra points and to let the girls have a little fun with different events since the Bison are such a strong team anyway. Wins came from Berg in her normal event, the 50 free, Lee in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke, and Lee, Hannah Stec, Danielle Smythe and Berg in the 200 relay. Lee’s 100 breaststroke time was one second off the school record, just narrowly missing the 1:10 mark. “Thomi was a surprise in the 100 breaststroke,” Wakefield said. “She figured she would not get close to the school record because last year when she swam it she was four or five seconds away. She almost got it!”