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December 5, 2021

10/1/2021 12:53:00 PM
Wildcats still hanging tough despite Monticello loss

Monticello was always going to be a brutal match up for the Chisago Lakes girls swimming and diving team, as they are one of the top Class A teams in the state, but the ‘Cats caught them at a tough time for their lineup, and it showed on the scoreboard.

The Magic won 96-82, but were swimming exhibition by the backstroke when they had built a lead over 50 points.
“Monticello has been the top team in the Mississippi 8 Conference for several years and are especially strong this season,” Head Coach Ellen Heath said. “We have illness and injury hurting a large number of swimmers and divers.  That made it especially hard to compete with the Magic.”

By far, the Wildcats best event was the diving. They swept the top three spots with Hattie Opdahl taking first with 198 points, Claudia Stipe coming in second with 182.5 points and Sylvia Struve, in only her second varsity meet, finishing in third place with a total of 174.30.

The only other win for the Wildcats came from Ellie Undem in the 100 backstroke. Despite Monticello swimming exhibition, Undem finishing the race in 1:07.42, four seconds faster than Monti’s top swimmer.

“Our athletes swam and dove well, but we were just no match for the Magic.  Improvement is directly related to effort and we are improving in a lot of the little details.  Our race pacing is getting better as well as starts, turns and finishes.  Our divers are polishing up small details as well,” Heath explained. “We had flashes of speed but just couldn't be competitive - our lack of depth was evident.  Our top athlete in the sprints did fairly well, but we struggled with our second and third swimmer.  Madyson Perry is back from injury and swam well in the 200 freestyle.  Eleanor Undem had a great meet.

“We continue to train hard - that will pay off at the end of the season.  and the last couple of meets were the tough part of our season - some of the top teams in our conference.”



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