|9/14/2017 2:31:00 PM|
Chisago Lakes adjusting to new lineup
The Chisago Lakes swimming and diving team got their first taste of competing without Kalli Jo Olson and Payton Nelson, two stalwart elite state competitors who graduated last year. “We missed our state competitors, but we still performed strong in some events,” Head Coach Ellen Heath said after the match up with Big Lake.
The Hornets ended up swimming exhibition the last few events as they had stretched to a big lead, but Chisago Lakes took a few events from them.
Hannah Stec, Hannah Janzig, Katie Crum and Abby Clarin teamed up for a second place finish to open the meet up in the 200 medley relay.
Ilse Johnson earned second in the 200 freestyle, and the ‘Cats were only down by eight early on. But impressive performances from Big Lake in the 200 individual medley and 50 free left Chisago Lakes in a deep hole.
They got their first win of the night when Savannah Gorski edged out Big Lakes Venessa Dalmeida in diving. Gorski scored a 190.5 while Dalmeida scored a 187.70.
Johnson earned Chisago Lakes’ ony other first place that counted when she earned the top spot in the 500 freestyler with a time of 6:21.66. But, Big Lake had the second, third and fourth place finishers and still outpace CL in the event.
Soonafter the 500, Big Lake started swimming exhibition, but the ‘Cats did get a commanding best time in the meet-closing 400 relay event. Janzig, Crum, Johnson and Stec finished the race in 4:12.23, which would’ve blown Big Lake’s top team out of the water by over 30 seconds.
“We had some great early season times particularity our sprints,” Heath said. “It’s a great platform to build on for the next few meets.”
The ‘Cats will be on the road for their next two meets with a date at Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday, September 14 and an invite at Spring Lake Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 16.