9/17/2021 12:42:00 PM Despite loss, CL swim team thrilled to have fans back
Becker 104, Chisago Lakes 80 The Wildcat girls swim and dive team couldn’t have gotten a worse draw to start their Mississippi 8 Conference schedule when they took on Becker last week.
The Bulldogs have talent up and down the lineup, and that showed up against what is going to be a good Wildcat team this year.
Becker took first and third in the opening 200 medley relay and then swept the top three spots in the 200 freestyle to open up a huge 23-7 gap after only two events.
Chisago Lakes kept the gap at that for some time, getting wins from Sophie Janzig in the 50 freestyle and Hattie Opdahl in the one meter diving event, but high finishes from Becker in the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle squashed much hope for a comeback from the Wildcats.
Chisago Lakes did grab one more first place when the foursome of Ellie Undem, Lydia LaFean, Haley Overgaard and Janzig won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:53.12.
“It was certainly energizing to be back and have fans in the stands! We swam okay and dove well,” Head Coach Ellen Heath said. “We are missing a few swimmers (injuries and illness) and it'll take a bit to get back into the 'competition mode'. Several swimmers had faster 'first meet' times at Becker than they did last season - so that bodes well. We had trouble pacing and closing out our races and need to work on that.”
She did like how the divers fared, though. “Our divers scored well against one of the better dive teams in the around. Our conference diving is much better than our section diving and Becker has a great gymnastic program and that translates to very good divers,” Heath explained. “We are a little weak in the strokes - so our medley relay and IM don't set the fast tone right at the start of the meet. We have to 'pick up speed' as we get to the sprints and freestyle relays.
“But training will get us there - our season was cut off last year and its been a long time for full athletics - kids have to get back into the routine of school all day and sports after school.”