Wolves swimmers/divers 4th at conference meet

Milaca placed fourth at the Granite Ridge Conference Girls Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at Sartell High Schools.

And, co-head coaches Jennie Burroughs and Joe Wenner were very pleased with the Wolves’ performance.

“We had a lot of great performances in a lot of events,” said Burroughs. “Especially our freestyle relays, sprint freestyle events and diving.

“We stacked our freestyle relays and it really paid off. We were down a few swimmers due to injury and illness, but we had some great surprises to make up for that. We had many girls end the season with their personal bests, which is always great.”

Foley won the team title with 494.5 points, with Albany placing second at 388 and Little Falls finishing third with 330 points. Milaca was fourth with a score of 319.5, Princeton was fifth at 287, Becker was sixth at 242 and St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John’s Prep was seventh at 239.

Milaca was fifth last year at the first ever GRC meet, which was won by Foley as it edged Little Falls by one point.

Junior Sarah Forker won all-conference honors as she tied for second in the 50-yard freestyle and Milaca’s 200 freestyle relay team of Forker, sophomore Tara Airhart, sophomore Rachel Airhart and sophomore Ashley Cassens received all-conference honors for its second-place finish.

Rachel Airhart received all-conference honorable mention in the 100 freestyle (third place) and 200 freestyle (fourth place) while Tara Airhart won honorable mention in the 50 freestyle (fourth place) and Forker won honorable mention in diving (fourth place).

Other Milaca entrants who placed in the top eight included:

-Sophomore BryAnna Paulson who placed sixth in diving.

-The medley relay team of junior Leah Crain, senior Sami Mitchell, junior Ori Scherer and sophomore Hannah Johnson which placed seventh.

-The 200 freestyle relay team of Crain, Mitchell, Johnson and senior Clair Coffee which placed eighth.

Milaca travels to the Section 5A meet at Grand Rapids Nov. 9-10.

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