September 17, 2009 at 8:53 a.m.
Although Cambridge-Isanti has traditionally given the Wildcats fits in the pool, Chisago Lakes nearly knocked the Bluejackets off in a non-conference meet.
Each school has some outstanding swimmers at different events, and the teams traded blows throughout the night until only the Jackets stood.
However, the Wildcats left Cambridge-Isanti as a bruised and battered winner. Thomi and Brogan Lee were the first winners for the Wildcats. Thomi won the 200-yard freestyle event in 2:06.38, and Brogan won the 200-individual medley in 2:22.08.
Thomi's night was just getting started with that win, however. She also finished first in the 500-yard freestyle and was part of two first-place relay teams, the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. Brogan and Heidi Willhite were also a part of both of those relay teams.
Willhite also earned another first place in the 50-yard freestyle swim.
The other two wins on the night came from Amanda Bean. She finished first in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.
Alex Thomsen earned a rare second place finish in diving, scoring a 209.80. Tessa Kahring of Cambridge-Isanti won the event with a 220.75.
The meet went all the way down to the wire, as the Wildcats had a chance to win in the last event. They needed their relay teams to finish first and third or better in the 400 freestyle relay to earn the win, but they could only manage first and fourth.
Chisago Lakes 100, Totino Grace 63
The Wildcats blasted the Eagles in their North Suburban Conference opener last week.
Among the big winners were some familiar faces, the Lee sisters, Willhite, Hanna Lee (no relation) and Thomsen but the real story of the meet was the Wildcats ability to earn the always important second and third place finishes. Cambridge-Isanti managed to win most of those battles, and it made the difference in the meet.
Against Totino-Grace, besides the eight first place finishes the Wildcats earned in 12 events, they also secured seven second place finishes as well as nine third places.
Among the standouts was Sarah Kopp, who finished second in the 100-butterfly and the 100 breaststroke, as well as being part of the first place-winning 200-medley relay team.
Lindsey Carlson also had a successful diving day. After a few years off from the pool, she debuted with a second place finish in the event, scoring 198.55 which easily becomes the 'Cats second best diving score besides Thomsen.
The meet was a nice test for Chisago Lakes in a different sense than a close meet like the C-I one. Once they had built a sizable lead, Head Coach Ed Wakefield was able to put girls in different events than they're used to, and that leads to discovering studs at different events.
With the NSC schedule in full swing now, the Wildcats are focusing on the teams that have given them trouble in the past, including Benilde-St. Margaret's and St. Louis Park.
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