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October 17, 2019

10/3/2019 3:25:00 PM
Chisago Lakes win their first meets of the season

Chisago Lakes 98, Becker 86
With a bit of shuffling in their schedule because of a lack of officials, the Chisago Lakes girls swimming and diving team took on Becker on Monday, September 22, a few days later than was originally planned.

But, the wait was worth it for CL. They got their first win of the year, beating Becker 98-86.

The meet got off to a great start for CL when Meride Annala-Hakes, Isabella Aldrich, Ilse Johnson and Emily Fiorella combined to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:10.76.

Ellie Undem and Niya Duren followed that up with a first-second place finish in the 200 freestyle. Molly Schreyer kept the good times rolling with a win in the 200 individual medley. Fiorella came through with another first place, winning the 50 free style, with a second place from Ilse Johnson.

In the one meter diving, the one event that CL has consistently won this year, they actually finished second and fourth with Hattie Opdahl and Claudia Stipe. Becker has a pair of sisters who are talented divers and finished in first and third.

The wins kept coming for CL after that, though. Fiorell got another in the 100 free, Duren got one in the 500 free, Sophie Janzig, Serenity Schaefer, Aldrich and Johnson won the 200 free, with Annala-Hakes, LaFean, Reilly Sullivan and Undem coming in second, which means big points in relay events.
Annala-Hakes finished the run off with a win on the 100 backstroke.

CL did have the fastest time in the 400 free relay also, but by that time, they were swimming exhibition and the scores didn’t count for them.
“This was our first time competing against Becker and we did very well,” Head Coach Ellen Heath said. “We had some fast times and several personal bests, despite of an illness running through the team. Our mental focus was good, as well as the physical results.”

Chisago Lakes 97, Big Lake 89
This one came down a little bit closer than the Becker match up. It was just an eight point deficit for Big Lake heading into the last two events, but CL gained two on them in the breaststroke and were able to hold off a late charge from their 400 relay team to win on Thursday, September 26.

Fiorella got wins at the 100 and 200 freestyle, as well s a part of the 200 free relay. Johnson got multiple victories for Chisago Lakes, also, winning in the 200 individual medley, the 100 butterfly and she was also a part of two second place relay teams in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Big Lake swept the top three spots in the diving event, as they have a cadre of talented gymnasts who also compete in diving. That gave them a 42-36 lead that CL had to slowly chip away at. They got two points back in the 100 fly before gaining four points in the 100 free and two more in the 500 free, which Duren won.

In the end, Chisago Lakes did just enough to hold off the hard-charging Hornets.

“We had some huge time drops,” Heath said. “We’ve been focusing on the little details in our runs. The starts, turns, and finishes.”

Heath noted that Johnson had a win by just two one-hundredths of a second. “I had to check with the table and ref to confirm her win. It was a perfect finish! I was proud of the girls, as we had an injured varsity diver and a varsity swimmer get sick after her first event. We really pulled together as a team to compete well enough to win.”

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