|9/12/2019 1:57:00 PM|
Wildcats have entertaining meet with Cambridge-Isanti
Chisago Lakes lost their Mississippi 8 Conference opener, but it was an entertaining affair that showed the Wildcats they can compete this year in the conference.
They took on Cambridge-Isanti and lost 96-88 on Thursday, September 5. The ‘Cats got first place finishes in one meter diving, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
The first win of the night came from Hattie Opdahl in the diving break. She scored 188.05, just .1 points ahead of Claudie Stipe, who helped CL to the one-two sweep in the diving event.
“Hattie and Claudia had some great dives tonight,” Head Coach Ellen Heath said. “Most divers in the conference are in the 150-160 range, so it’s a great sign.”
Ilse Johnson kept that momentum going out of the break with a first place finish in the 100 butterfly.
Emily Fiorella kept it rolling in the next event, winning first place in the 100 freestyle. Her win was especially dramatic, as she beat out the second place finisher from Cambridge-Isanti by just one one-hundredth of a second.
The next win came in the relays. The team of Fiorella, johnson, Sophie Janzig and Meride Annala-Hakes won the 200 free relay by a half a second over the C-I quartet. That trimmed the ‘Jackets lead to just 12, but they were able to gain a few more points in the next two events to make the last one just out of reach for any late-meet dramatics.
However, Johnson, Janzig, Fiorella and Ellie Undem won the 400 freestyle relay to close out the meet.
“We swam very well for the first dual of the season,” Heath said after the swimmers were dried off. “I was very impressed by the speed of our swims and the precision of our divers. We were competitive throughout the whole meet and it was great to see the focus of our athletes paying off!”